We seek individuals who are mature and have the ability to handle physically and emotionally stressful situations, a demanding workload, long hours, and work independently or as a team. Applicants should possess a strong personal work ethic and a high level of integrity. This internship is a wonderful opportunity for those seeking a career in the animal field. It is always stated to interns that how much you gain from this opportunity depends on how much you are willing to put into the experience. Interns have the ability to learn as much as they want about husbandry, behavior, operant conditioning and enrichment.
Interns have the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on animal care experience, knowledge about a variety of species, and exposure to the operations of an animal care center. Interns help in all aspects of husbandry including preparing diets, feeding and medicating animals, cleaning habitats, making and providing enrichment for the animals, and other housekeeping tasks. During the internship, interns will participate in various classes that will expand on their knowledge of animal welfare. Interns will also complete a project of their choosing which will help the animals and staff of CABBR while leaving a lasting mark at the sanctuary.
The Animal Care Interns help care for a variety of species and will rotate between our three animal care departments: Equine, Primate, and Wildlife. They will spend 1 month in each department working alongside professional caretakers learning about the various species in their care.
1. Equine Department: CABBR is one of the largest equine sanctuaries in the United States, home to nearly 500 horses and donkeys, who are able to roam across hundreds of acres of land.
2. Primate Department: CABBR is currently home to non-human primates including gibbons and several species of monkeys, primarily rhesus macaques and capuchins.
3. Wildlife Department: Caring for the majority of species at CABBR including, but not limited to, tigers, bears, bobcats, coyote, bison, iguana, tortoise, camel, various exotic hoofstock, and ostriches. In addition, the Wildlife department is responsible for the daily husbandry of the Sanctuary’s farm animals—cows, pigs, goats, sheep, turkeys, and chickens.
Internships are available quarterly (Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter) and applications are accepted year-round. Internships are 12 weeks in length at 40 hours per week. Proof of negative TB test required.
Interns will receive a $50/week stipend PLUS onsite housing.
About Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch
The Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch is a world-renowned animal sanctuary in Murchison, Texas. The ranch was founded in 1979 by author and animal advocate Cleveland Amory. And in 2005 the board of directors of The Fund for Animals voted unanimously to memorialize its late, great founder by renaming its flagship animal sanctuary in his honor.
With over 1,400 acres, it is home to more than 900 domestic and exotic animals, many of whom have been rescued from near-death situations such as slaughterhouses, biomedical research laboratories and trophy hunting ranches. Others have been rescued from roadside zoos or were former victims of the exotic pet trade. Still others came from public lands where they were threatened with extermination by the federal government. Bison and cattle, horses and burros, antelope and apes, reptiles and tigers: all have permanent, safe homes at the ranch.
The Sanctuary is also home to the Doris Day Equine Center, which focuses on developing optimum programs to elevate the public perception of horses rescued from cruelty and neglect. We serve as a resource and support system to rescue centers around the country.
The sanctuary is not a zoo but is now open to the public 1-2 times per month for small, prescheduled, guided tours to respect the peace and privacy of the animals.