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Myrtle Beach Hot Spots

T.I.G.E.R.S. Preservation Stations

There are three ways to experience the greatest hands-on, life-changing, and interactive wildlife encounters in the world at Myrtle Beach’s T.I.G.E.R.S. (The Institute of Greatly Endangered Species).

Preservation Station, the T.I.G.E.R.S. location at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach, is a living tiger museum that provides an opportunity to see various wildlife - for free. Typically, you’ll be able to see tigers, baby tiger cubs, and their beloved apes. All ages are welcome. You may also want to participate in an interactive photo shoot with the baby tiger cubs and our beloved apes. The fast-paced photo sessions are held daily beginning March 2, 2018 until October 2018 from 5-7 pm. (from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. during the summer). Preservation Station photo encounter reservations are required.

The fee for the unique photo session in which you are photographed holding and interacting with the animals is $100 for the first person and $25 for each additional person (2nd, 3rd, and 4th individuals pay $25 each; the 5th individual pays $100 and 6th, 7th, and 8th pay $25 additional per person). You will be able to select an image from the photos for your 8x10 photograph which comes with the session. If you want to purchase the remaining dozens and dozens of photos, you may do so for an additional fee.

You can also take the day or night T.I.G.E.R.S. Wild Encounters Tour (night tours are new for 2018!).  Both are held at their 50-acre wildlife tropical preserve in South Myrtle Beach (not far from The Market Common). The day and night guided walking tours are completely interactive and last approximately 3 hours.

During the day tour, you’ll be able to see and meet a variety of tigers, chimps and apes; Hercules our 900 pound liger; Ramses the resident cheetah; and Bubbles, a 9,000 pound “baby” African elephant. The night tour is more focused on the tigers and includes a lot of fun surprises. You still will meet and encounter many other animals, but the lure of this tour is the excitement of being in a safari paradise in the evening hours with the amazing tigers (over 60 on-site).  

Dr. Bhagavan “Doc” Antle, the founder and director of T.I.G.E.R.S., is one of the world’s foremost tiger trainers and world-renowned animal conservation experts. He says, “The T.I.G.E.R.S. Wild Encounter Tour provides experiences that create lifelong memories. We teach respect and an appreciation for the earth and all the animals we share it with.” Doc adds, “The wildlife ambassadors at our facilities – great apes, big cats, the elephant and a stunning group of other highly interactive species – offer our guests a collection of experiences that can be life-changing. During these encounters our guests connect with wildlife in a very intimate way that personally involves them in the lives of these amazing animals. They then walk away into the world with a desire to save these creatures and help preserve their environments. Our animals receive superior care. Our main concern is always for the health and welfare of our animals. That’s our priority here, to take the best care of our animals and share them with the world.”

For both Wild Encounters Tours, you can purchase photos of your group from throughout the tour. Ages 6 and up are welcome to participate in these tours beginning on March 3, 2018. With over 130 animals located on-site, you’ll quickly realize that either of these tours is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you’ll always remember!  Click here for a short video showcasing the new night safari tour here to book your tour.

Welcome to the “wild side” of Myrtle Beach!


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