T.I.G.E.R.S. Preservation Station
Lions and tigers and bears - oh my! But you don't have to travel to the Land of Oz, or even to the jungles of Africa, to see these wild animals and many more. A short trip to T.I.G.E.R.S. Preservation Station in North Myrtle Beach and T.I.G.E.R.S. Wild Encounters Preserve in Myrtle Beach are as closest things the Grand Strand has to taking a real-life safari.
"The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species" Preservation Station at Barefoot Landing serves as an outpost to the 50-acre T.I.G.E.R.S. Wild Encounters Preserve. There’s no admission fee to visit the Preservation Station, which gives guests a small sampling of the animals they can see at the Preserve.
T.I.G.E.R.S. Preservation Station allows guests to get up close and personal with featured creatures, such as full grown rare tiger species, tiger cubs and a multitude of apes such as chimps and orangutans for free. With only a glass barrier between you and these exceptional animals, you’ll be more up close and personal than any zoo you could visit. For a fee, you can also pose with the animals in photos, or book your visit to the T.I.G.E.R.S. Preserve for a full day of animal interaction in a safe and scenic environment.
At the 50 acre Preserve, you’ll get the opportunity to see not only tigers, but wolves, leopards, orangutans, chimpanzees, and possibly even Bubble the elephant! While on your tour, experienced and professionally trained handlers supervise while smaller animals are brought to you to hold, pet and play with before bringing out the bigger beasts. Guests watch from the safety of the terrace as cheetahs and tigers showcase their speed on the lawn. The star of the show is the liger, a rare and enormous lion-tiger hybrid. Many of the animals have starred in Hollywood movies, such as "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective", and perform amazing stunts on command.
The T.I.G.E.R.S. Preservation Station and T.I.G.E.R.S. Wild Encounters Preserve were founded by Dr. Bhagavan Antle. Through his involvement with these amazing animals and because of his concern for their conservation, he also began the Rare Species Fund which was established to provide funding to critical wildlife conservation programs. You can learn about this organization and so much more when you get out to Barefoot Landing and visit the T.I.G.E.R.S. Preservation Station during your vacation, it truly is an exciting educational experience!