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 are 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:
Interns help care for the animals and maintain the facility so that our animals are always receiving the best care possible.
Interns receive specialized training on numerous levels and subjects concerning:
Proper Safety protocols when working with large carnivores and other dangerous exotic animals
Exotic animal diet preparation and feeding
Animal health and behavior observation
Animal records management
Enrichment program design, application and construction techniques
Habitat design, construction, cleaning and maintenance
Volunteer integration and management
Medical safety classes including CPR, Basic First Aide and Bleeding Control Protocols
THREE MONTH ANIMAL CARE INTERNSHIP – LARGE CARNIVORES
**6 month internship opportunities also available
Questions can be directed to: firstname.lastname@example.org **
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**
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.
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:
email@example.com (On-site housing and local vehicle access/use are provided)
Sessions: Spring (Mar-May); Summer (Jun-Aug); Fall (Sep-Nov); Winter (Dec-Feb)