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International Exotic Animal Sanctuary is in Boyd, Texas. The following was copied directly from their website: They have mostly big cats.


Intern application.pdf

There are four to eight positions available within the International Exotic Animal Sanctuary animal care department. The International Exotic Animal Sanctuary is the first sanctuary ever to be granted certification by the AZA. The Sanctuary cares for 71 exotic animals encompassing 13 different feline species and two different bear species.

Three month Intern sessions include: {| style="width: 555px; border-collapse: collapse; " !Program !Dates !Application Deadline |- |Spring Internship |*March 5-May 31 |January 1 |- |Summer Internship |*June 5-August 31 |April 1 |- |Fall Internship |*September 5-November 30 |July 1 |- |Winter Internship |*December 5-February 28 |October 1 |}

  • The beginning dates of the internship are tentative. The first day of work will be the first Monday of the month.

Candidates should have at least two years of undergraduate program studies in zoology, animal management, biology, or a related field or three years of experience at an AZA accredited facility. International applications are welcome. Interns must be able to perform regular, strenuous duties in 90 to over 100 degree weather and must be able to lift 50lbs. Interns will gain practical experience working with exotic animals, will be involved with our educational program and will be involved in our emotional and behavioral enrichment programs. Interns will be able to learn as much about exotic animals' behavior as they choose to learn within the three month session. Experience includes feeding, cleaning, animal health, animal management, behavioral studies, chemical immobilization, record keeping, assisting in construction and habitat modification, and related activities. Interns will also be involved with the volunteer program and formal and informal presentations. Vehicles, housing and stipend are available. Housing is in a new luxurious four bedroom-four bathroom air-conditioned dormitory home with a large kitchen. Read testimonials from past IEAS interns and see where they are at now.

We also offer six month internships. You can find our job description on the AZA Job Postings.


There is one position available within the IEAS Education Department. Experience includes leading conservation education tours, presenting presentations to schools, writing grants for the Education Program, and, at times, helping with some of the animal care. Vehicles, housing and stipend are available. The dates and requirements are the same as the three month animal care intern above.

The following 4 items are REQUIRED for the three types of Internships:#Completed application, including a copy of driver's license.

  1. Three letters of reference.
  2. Unofficial or official transcript.
  3. A cover letter and resume.

Consideration will only be given to those who send completed application and required documents listed above. Please send all required materials to: International Exotic Animal Sanctuary
Attention: Intern Program
PO Box 637
Boyd, TX 76023

Faxed or emailed applications WILL NOT be accepted!

  • Please review our Intern Program FAQ page if you have questions about our program. Feel free to email us at if you do not find your answer here.
  • If you are interested in applying for an internship, please visit our Intern Gallery. Here you will find a variety of pictures and videos of what you would be doing on a daily basis. This will show you what to expect and will help you in deciding if this is the right internship for you.

The majority of our interns that have completed the program here at IEAS have moved on to other reputable facilities to provide quality care for animals. We have former interns now working at a number of major zoos across the United States such as St. Louis Zoo, Bronx Zoo, Forth Worth Zoo, Dallas Zoo, Columbus Zoo, Cameron Park Zoo, Dallas World Aquarium, Memphis Zoo and a number of other animal facilities.