One of my favorite places that I have visited is in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, at a conservation called T.I.G.E.R.S (The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species). They offer up close and personal encounters with a number of different kinds of animals. One of their biggest draws is the opportunity to cuddle and have your picture taken with some of the cutest baby animals, like tiger cubs and young apes. They also have the rarest of the big cats, the Liger (Lion/Tiger).
Now with institutions like this, you always have to be aware of whether or not they are just exploiting these creatures. That’s something I’m always concerned about with zoos or animal sanctuaries. People aren’t always the most trustworthy, and have been known to do cruel and indecent things to make a buck. The people here seem to be very upstanding and do their best to take care of their animals and keep them happy and healthy. They are trying to spread the word of how tigers, along with other species, are becoming extinct in an effort to make a change for the better. The animals they have are the faces of the creatures that are being wiped off the earth. The money brought in through ticket sales is used to take care of the animals kept there to to sponsor conservation efforts around the world.
I felt comfortable with what they were doing and the way they were doing it, so I decided to go and support them, as well as have some fun for myself. Now the price for the tickets does seem a little steep at first, but you have to remember that this is a very rare experience and is totally worth it in the long run. You can look back at the photos and memories with a smile, knowing you did something most people will never have the chance to do.
What T.I.G.E.R.S. offer:
- Plan an African Safari
- Myrtle Beach Safari Tour
- Pictures with Baby Tigers and Apes
- Ligers, Big Cats, Bears, Elephants, Primates
- The chance to experience and support wildlife preservation
If you are looking for a unique trip that offers experiences for animal lovers that you will not be able to find elsewhere, this is the place for you. I would highly recommend going to South Carolina to see these beautiful animals. Enjoy seeing them run and play in a safe and friendly environment. Do your part to support conservation and have some fun at the same time.