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Intern Program

The Wild Animal Sanctuary–Texas (TWAS-Texas) is an accredited Sanctuary for Lions, Tigers, Bears, Wolves and other exotic animals that have been rescued from illegal or abusive situations. We were the first Sanctuary of its kind to be certified by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and have become one of the country’s leading facilities for internships working with exotic animals. Formerly known as the International Exotic Animal Sanctuary, the organization became part of the TWAS network as of May 22nd, 2020.


The Wild Animal Sanctuary-TEXAS has a very unique and highly respected approved Internship program, and we invite you to learn more about the benefits this program offers:

  1. Interns help care for the animals and maintain the facility so that our animals are always receiving the best care possible.

  2. Interns receive specialized training on numerous levels and subjects concerning:

    1. Proper Safety protocols when working with large carnivores and other dangerous exotic animals

    2. Exotic animal diet preparation and feeding

    3. Animal health and behavior observation

    4. Animal records management

    5. Enrichment program design, application and construction techniques

    6. Habitat design, construction, cleaning and maintenance

    7. Volunteer integration and management

    8. Medical safety classes including CPR, Basic First Aide and Bleeding Control Protocols


**6 month internship opportunities also available


Questions can be directed to: **

Experience includes: 


Learning proper safety procedures, diet preparation, feeding, cleaning, animal health, animal management,
behavioral observations, enrichment, and record keeping for exotics. Interns will assist with construction and
habitat modification and related activities. Interns will also be involved with the volunteer program, and both
formal and informal presentations. Classes led by certified instructors for CPR, Basic First Aid and Bleeding
Control will be provided. **This is a strict no contact position**

Experience Required:

Candidates should have either three years of animal related experience or at least two years of undergraduate
program studies in zoology, animal management, biology, or a related field. International applications are
welcome. Interns must be able to perform regular, strenuous duties in over 100 degree weather and must be able
to lift 50 lbs. You must present yourself in a professional manner.

Application Instructions:

Please provide a cover letter, resume, and 3 references with phone and email contact information. State your
desired internship session in your cover letter. If you have related internship/volunteer experience, we
recommend providing a letter of recommendation from that facility as well.


Email all materials to: (On-site housing and local vehicle access/use are provided)

Sessions: Spring (Mar-May); Summer (Jun-Aug); Fall (Sep-Nov); Winter (Dec-Feb)

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