Like Wild Animals? Here is a Place You MUST Visit
I have posted many photos over the past few months from a trip my family took to the TIGERS Preservation Station at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach. The Station is a free wildlife exhibit and living tiger museum. Here you can have your photo taken holding a tiger cub, orangutan or chimpanzee “for a fee.” The TIGERS station is a fund raising effort for the rarest tiger on Earth, the Golden Tabby Tiger. You will not only get to see live Golden Tabby Tigers, but also Bengal tigers, Siberian tigers, and Royal White Bengal tigers. All proceeds from the sale of photos and gift shop items go directly to the care and maintenance of the animals at the station, in the Preserve and their brothers and sisters in the wild. You can enjoy the experience of a lifetime and share this incredible experience with your family and friends AND help to save an endangered species. What more could you ask for in a day! IF you want to, you can support the conservation and breeding efforts by having your photo taken with some of the animals, bit that is not required.
As great as the TIGERS Station is, even better is the Wild Encounters Tour,a guided walk through a fifty acre preserve. This is located just 17 miles South of Barefoot Landing. The Preserve is home to over 60 big cats. You can also “monkey around” with apes, watch tigers swim, meet grey wolves, and fly trained falcons. On some tours you can even meet Bubbles the Elephant. This is the only place in the world where you get to meet the Liger, the world’s largest cat as seen in the 2006 Guiness Book of World Records!
During the tour, professional photographers shoot studio quality photographs and video of the tour and the T.I.G.E.R.S. Preserve experience. This gives you the opportunity to take home a set of portraits and phenomenal videos that are incomparable to any other photo opportunity. Back when we went a few years ago, you could take your own photos too, I think all the cameras bothered the animals so now they take the photos for you.
Over the last decade, the Preserve and TIGERS station have donated over 200 thousand dollars, as well as their time, effort and expertise, to grassroots conservation programs in Asia and Africa. By visiting, you are part of the international conservation programs.
And just so you know, T.I.G.E.R.S. stands for: The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species.. That is something I didn’t know when I first visited the Preserve.. We visit the TIGERS Station every time we go to Myrtle Beach… And we have been to the Preserve twice now. If you ever get the chance to visit either or both, DO IT!
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