T.I.G.E.R.S. - Education is the best weapon

Friday, August 29, 2014 by Suzanne Burns

Greetings form T.I.G.E.R.S. in Myrtle Beach, here’s an important blog from Dan DeFreest.

The single greatest threat to the existence of exotic animals around the world is poaching. Elephants and Rhinos are poached for their tusks, tigers are poached for their beautiful fur…and bones. That’s right, bones. Over the last thirty years, tiger bones have become a sought-after and highly prized ingredient in eastern medicine.

Villagers in remote areas of India are being paid pennies on the dollar to trap and kill tigers by unscrupulous traders that sell the skins and bones. The profit, as usual, is with the middle man and the retailers. But, why is this such a new phenomenon?

The use of tiger bones and other body parts is part of traditional Eastern medicine, for instance, tiger penis soup, which supposedly can increase male virility, can cost hundreds of dollar per bowl. Ground-up tiger bones are used in recipes for exotic cures for everything from ulcers to certain forms of cancer.

Why now, why are these supposed remedies suddenly in high demand? The answer is because the East is modernizing and now people there now have the discretionary income to spend on them. The influx of money into this illicit market is driving prices up and creating the demand. It’s impossible for authorities to patrol all of the vast areas of India where villages know the habits of the tigers and of the police.

Right now, education is the best weapon against this carnage, if you want to learn more about how to protect these magnificent animals from extinction, some to visit us at T.I.G.E.R.S in Myrtle Beach.

Best Experience

Friday, August 22, 2014 by Friends & Supporters of T.I.G.E.R.S. Myrtle Beach
I visited the Tiger preserve with my daughter last week and it is an experience we will never forget. I had the most amazing experience and would love to thank the trainers at the Tiger preserve for making a difference in this world!

Name: Christine Mahon
City: Parsippany
State: New Jersey




T.I.G.E.R.S. - Ungawa!

Friday, August 22, 2014 by Suzanne Burns

Greetings from deep in the jungles of T.I.G.E.R.S. in beautiful Myrtle Beach!

“Cheetah…Ungawa!”

With those simple words, Cheetah did whatever was needed to help his master. He could untie ropes, create distractions, summon elephants, and steal weapons, or anything else that Tarzan wanted.

So, what does “ungawa” mean? After many hours of careful research, as well as many days of my youth watching Tarzan movies…I still have no idea.

But Cheetah did, in fact he seemed to understand everything that everyone was saying. He would overhear conversation and relate danger to Tarzan, as well as take appropriate actions to thwart the bad guys. So, just who was Cheetah and what happened to him?

The role of Cheetah was actually performed by several different chimpanzees, beginning with the original Cheetah being portrayed by a chimp named Jiggs. Jiggs was born around 1931 and appeared in the first two Weissmuller films and a handful of other Tarzan films starring Buster Crabb until he passed away in 1938. From then on there was a collection of chimps with names like Harry, Zippy and Dinky that worked on the Tarzan films over the next 30 years.

Over the years there have also been some unscrupulous trainers who have claimed to have the original Cheetah and have attempted to cash in on the name.

Chimpanzees are our closest animal relatives and some people believe that we have actually evolved from the primate species, which makes the old saying: “You’re trying to make a monkey out of me?” a bit of an oxymoron.

If you’re a believer and anxious for a family reunion, or like me, someone who appreciates exotic animals and supports their preservation, come visit us at T.I.G.E.R.S. in Myrtle Beach. Oh, and if you get to see a chimpanzee while you’re there, tell him “ungawa”, he’ll know what you mean.

 

 

T.I.G.E.R.S. - Visit us and write your our story!

Friday, August 15, 2014 by Suzanne Burns

Hello and good morning from T.I.G.E.R.S. in Myrtle Beach!  Please enjoy this post by Dan!

In 1966, the movie Born Free was a huge hit. It won a Golden Globe award for Best Picture of the Year, and two Academy Awards for its soundtrack.

The movie was based on a book of the same name written by Joy Adamson who, with her husband George, had raised a lioness known as Elsa. George had been forced to kill Elsa’s mother when he surprised her with her cubs and she charged him.  Two of the cubs were farmed out to a zoo, but Elsa who was the smallest stayed with them. As she grew into adulthood, Elsa became harder to manage and the decision was finally made by Joy, whom she had developed and attachment to, to return her to the wild.

After training her to hunt and acclimating her to the wild, Elsa was turned loose and George and Joy eventually returned to England. About a year later, the returned to Kenya in hopes of finding out what happened to Elsa, when they located her, not only did she remember them, she also brought her three cubs out to meet them.

Born Free is a heartwarming movie, suitable for the whole family. It’s available on DVD, at Amazon and other retailers.

If you want to see what a real lion looks like, as well as other big cats and exotic animals, come see us at T.I.G.E.R.S in Myrtle Beach. One visit to us and you can write your our story!

By Dan Defreest

T.I.G.E.R.S. - a phenomenon of nature

Friday, August 8, 2014 by Suzanne Burns

This post is brought to you by our guest blogger, Dan Defreest:

Greetings from T.I.G.E.R.S. in Myrtle Beach!  It’s Thursday and I can’t think of a better day to talk about T.I.G.E.R.S.  So let’s go!

I’ll bet you thought that a white tiger seems like a legend or myth right? The white tiger is neither a myth nor an invention, it’s a phenomenon of nature.  You might have wondered what the white tiger symbolizes.  The White Tiger is believed to have divine power to ward off evil, punish the evil and praise the good, bring wealth and good match for marriage etc.

White tigers lack the pheomelanin pigment which is the same pigment that gives other tigers and humans red hair. They still have the pigment that allows them to have the black and brown coloration which prevents them from being considered albinos.

The white tiger is a variant of the Bengal tiger, and are usually referred to as Royal Bengal tigers. Some white tigers have stripes that are so faint, that they appear completely white to the naked eye. Today, white tigers are being bred in captivity and several hundred now live in zoos around the world.

Although you might think of white tigers being Siberian, actually there have not been any documented cases of white Siberian tigers found in the wild.

To learn more about tigers come to v in Myrtle Beach, take the safari and have your picture taken holding a real tiger cub.

 

 

 

T.I.G.E.R.S. - Come to Myrtle Beach and enjoy real Tigers

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 by Suzanne Burns

Good Wednesday morning from T.I.G.E.R.S.!  I spoke to the tour director yesterday and they are happy to say they are selling out every day.  If you live here or are visiting, this is a must see!  It offers families the opportunity to see tigers up close, meet a tiger or an ape in person and the opportunity to pose with one of the animal ambassadors for a photo. They are open from mid-March to mid-October and information can be found by visiting www.myrtlebeachsafari.com or calling (843) 361-4552.

Please enjoy our guest blogger, Dan:

There are a bunch of tigers in Cincinnati…the thing is, they are football players, not animals. The Bengals in Cincinnati were the invention of former player and coach Paul Brown who formed the Bengals after being dismissed as the long-time head coach of the Cleveland Browns. Brown obviously wanted to create a fierce image for his players and picked the Bengal tiger for it.

The Bengal tiger is the most numerous of the tiger species and resides primarily in India and Bangladesh. The Bengal is one of the largest species of tiger, with the heaviest known Bengal being killed in 1967 weighing 857 lbs. and measuring 127 from head to tail. On average, Bengals can weigh around 600 lbs. and measure between 110 and 120 inches.

Like most tigers, poaching has been a problem, their gorgeous coats are prized and ancient eastern medicine touts the benefits of exotic potions made from ground-up tiger bones. . The Bengal has also been referred to as a man-eater and there is documentation that some Bengals were hunters of humans who encroached into their habitat. For all of these reasons, tigers were hunted and destroyed and today, sadly the Bengal tiger is an endangered species.

At T.I.G.E.R.S. Preserve in Myrtle Beach, you can experience these magnificent creatures up close and personal including getting your picture taken holding a tiger cub. So the next time you’re thinking about seeing some tigers play, come to Myrtle Beach and enjoy the real ones.

T.I.G.E.R.S Changed My Life!!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 by Friends & Supporters of T.I.G.E.R.S. Myrtle Beach
My family and I took our 1st Family Vacation down to Myrtle Beach, SC at the end of July (2014). While down there we were able to experience many of the typical "tourist" attractions that Myrtle Beach had to offer. But none of the activities we did could compare to the life-changing experience we all had when we took the tour at T.I.G.E.R.S. Preservation Station!!
My family stayed at a time share condo near Surfside beach, and upon check-in we received several information packets in a folder to give us options of what there was to do while we were there. Inside the folder I found the pamphlet for T.I.G.E.R.S, and immediately was interested.
Once I realized that this was NOT a zoo, but a once in a lifetime opportunity to get up close with several endangered species, while also knowing that the money was going to a good foundation to help save the world, I was determined to make this adventure apart of our family's itinerary. We looked into the Barefoot Landing location where we went to take pictures with the tiger cubs, and after that my parents were convinced that taking the T.I.G.E.R.S. tour would be well worth the money.
A few days later, we all got up early and made our way to the preservation and await for what I didn't realize would be the moment when I discovered what I wanted to do with my life. The tour began at around 10AM, and for approximately 3 hours my family and myself were mesmerized by the close-up, personal encounters we experienced with such fascinating animals. Throughout the tour our wonderful tour guide Mari along with the other trainers shared several facts about the preservation, how it began, all the places that T.I.G.E.R.S travels to help around the world,and what their lifestyle is like living with the animals.
By the end of our tour my family and I had just encountered several moments that we will NEVER forget and that we were able to take home and share with others. The second I returned home I immediately went online to tigerfriends.com to look at what it takes to become an apprentice and make T.I.G.E.R.S. my own lifestyle! Now that I have the list of what to do I am starting to train myself and make the proper adjustments to my life to qualify for the apprenticeship.
I think that everyone should experience what we did on our vacation! It all was worth every penny, and I feel like the more people who can become aware of what T.I.G.E.R.S Preservation is and does for the world, the more people can spread the word and help Save the Tigers, Save the World!!

Name: Ashley McKenney
City: Brighton
State: Michigan



T.I.G.E.R.S. - The Javian Tiger

Friday, July 25, 2014 by Suzanne Burns

Good Friday afternoon again from T.I.G.E.R.S.!  This has been one of the rainiest weeks I can remember.  If you took or will take the tour this week, do not worry, the tour goes on in the rain!  A large majority of the tour is covered and they have the capacity to move portions of it inside if need be. Umbrellas are available, but it is recommended that if it is raining that your bring your own rain jacket and clothing you do not mind getting a little damp in.

Again, enjoy this from our guest blogger, Dan:

The Island of Java in Indonesia is the most populated Island in the world, with more than 140 million people living on it. But, before the population exploded, the island was home to the Javian Tiger. The Javian Tiger was smaller tiger compared with the Asian tigers we are more familiar with, Javian males weighed about 300 lbs. compared with Asian tigers where males can weigh up to 700 lbs.

               At the beginning of the twentieth century, the population of Java was a little more than 20 million, as road and rail service began to expand across the country, so did agriculture with tea and rice plantations replacing the tiger’s natural habitat, reducing the forested area from a quarter of the island before WWII to only 8% by the 1970s. As humans encroached farther into the forest, tigers were seen as a threat to people and tiger hunts became commonplace.+

               Today, the Java Tiger is extinct with the last confirmed sighting taking place when a tiger was killed in 1984 in Mount Hlilmun Salak National Park, Western Java. Although there have been unconfirmed sighting over the last 30 years and there have been several scientific expeditions to try to locate any living tigers, no photographic evidence has been obtained.

               As is the case so often, an animal with no known natural predator has succumbed to human expansion into its natural habitat.  Or friends at T.I.G.E.R.S. Preserve work tirelessly to make sure that our remaining species of tigers are protected from human greed and ignorance by education us about the magnificence of these great creatures.

T.I.G.E.R.S. - Tiggers don’t jump…they bounce!

Friday, July 18, 2014 by Suzanne Burns

Good day once again from T.I.G.E.R.S. in Myrtle Beach!  If you you live here or are here visiting, you may not know there is an interactive tour with wild animals just a few miles from here. 

Please enjoy reading the contribution by our guest blogger, Dan:

Perhaps no cartoon character in history is more loveable than Winnie the Pooh’s pal Tigger. Tigger…that’s T-I- Double G-RRRR, was a tiger who talked with a lisp and walked with a bounce and had an overly-exaggerated opinion of his own importance. He meant well but usually got himself - and his friends in deeper trouble than he was trying to help them out of.

The original character of Tigger was based on a stuffed animal, as were all of the characters in A. A. Milne’s 1926 book Winnie the Pooh. The stuffed animals belonged to Milnes’ son Christopher Robin Milne who was the inspiration for the character; Christopher Robin, featured in the book. The main character Winnie the Pooh was inspired by young Christopher’s teddy bear whom he named after a real black bear he would visit at the London Zoo. His eclectic group of friends included a grumpy old rabbit name Rabbbit, a kindhearted piglet named Piglet, a mother kangaroo and her baby named Kanga and Roo and a donkey who worried about everything named Eeyore.  

But of all of Pooh Bear’s friends, Tigger has been the most beloved. He’s loveable, happy and enthusiastic and although he often bites off more than he can chew, he always has the best intentions of his friends at heart.

In real life, tigers are coveted rather than beloved in the illegal tiger poaching trade where their incredible coats are a sought-after trophy used to decorate floors in wealthy households and their bones are ground up and used for a variety of ancient eastern remedies.  By Dan DeFreest

T.I.G.E.R.S. Preserve in Myrtle Beach is working tirelessly to save these magnificent animals before the poachers drive them into extinction. Come visit us and experience the tiger up close. You meet a whole new eclectic group of animal friends in the process.

T.I.G.E.R.S. - Close friends of different species

Friday, July 11, 2014 by Suzanne Burns

Good afternoon everyone from T.I.G.E.R.S. in Myrtle Beach!  If you read my posts, you know animals can become very close with members of another species.
 
Like most youngsters, their play can get a little wild. But five-month-old grizzly bear Bam Bam and 16-month-old chimpanzee Vali are the most unlikely friends.

For while together they resemble a pair of cuddly toys, they would normally live on different continents.

And when they grow up, Bam Bam is likely to be about nine times the size of his chimp pal. But the young males have been inseparable since being introduced at the Myrtle Beach Safari park in South Carolina, where they were born.

Visitors delight in watching them wrestling and playing tag. In the wild, Bam Bam would live in the wilds of North America, while Vali’s natural home is the jungle of central Africa.

Park owner Bhagavan Antle said staff decided to see whether the pair would hit it off when Bam Bam reached the same size as Vali – even though bears grow much faster than chimps.

‘We got them out there playing on a sunny day and they went on and on for hours,’ he said. ‘Neither of them wanted to quit. They would lie down and fall asleep at our feet, wake back up and start wrestling again.’

 Dr Antle added: ‘Bam Bam has more power, but Vali tricks him. He will throw things at Bam Bam and run around him in circles.’

When the pair aren’t together, energetic Vali likes to help out his mum, while Bam Bam prefers a slower pace of life.


Staff are not sure how long the friendship will last as Bam Bam will quickly grow into a 56st adult bear, while Vali will reach only 9st

‘He likes nothing better than a bowl of sweet potatoes and chicken mash,’ added Dr Antle.

Staff at the safari park now wonder whether the friendship can last. An adult grizzly can weigh up to 56st, while a mature male chimp tips the scales at just 9st.
Staff are not sure how long the friendship will last as Bam Bam will quickly grow into a 56st adult bear, while Vali will reach only 9st.

By Amy Oliver dailymail.co.uk/Photo by Barry Bland

Over the last decade T.I.G.E.R.S. have donated over 200 thousand dollars, as well as time, effort and expertise, to grassroots conservation programs in Asia and Africa. The money from the Wildlife tour goes directly to help save the Endangered Wildlife Species and preserve their natural habitats.  For information about T.I.G.E.R.S. visit, www.myrtlebeachsafari.com.

My Dream

Friday, July 11, 2014 by Friends & Supporters of T.I.G.E.R.S. Myrtle Beach
My whole life I have absolutely adored and admired these beautiful large cats in every way possible, from their amazing abilities to their out standing beauty and personalities they are truly magnificent creatures that i would absolutely love to spend the rest of my life with. Although I'm only 14 years old I truly do believe that what my future holds will be an amazing journey for me. My dream is to open up a place just like yours and make sure that these incredible animals will always have a place to call home. In the future I truly want to make sure that all of these beautiful cats r going to be able to walk this earth for many many more years than i ever will. I have been doing much research on different large cat species and recently looked into the variety of tiger species only to find that three have already been extinct. Its just not fair what we humans are doing to these poor innocent animals, poaching has become such a large problem in some parts of the world and why do people even poach?, for money that will end up eventually going to waist. I really would love to become apart of these cats lives. I have already started a little business of my own to raise money for these cats and am hopping one day i can truly make a difference in this world. I am working on expanding my business into something bigger. My goal right now is to raise at least $1000:00 for these big cats but I'm still not sure where to donate it. Surely after looking at your website and what you guys have done you will definitely be on the top of my donation list. Im just a teenage girl trying to make a difference in the world, and i truly believe that one day i will. Also i would one day love to work at the myrtle beach safari with all you incredible and truly amazing people and of course all the wonderful and loving animals. Maybe when i am older i will have that choice, but for now starting off small doesn't hurt. Keep me in mind for job opportunities in a few years. It would truly make me the happiest girl on earth. ~lots of love ,
Samantha.A.Vlachos

Name: samantha vlachos
City: maple ontario (Toronto)
State: canada

T.I.G.E.R.S. - Who says you need to go to Africa for a Safari?

Friday, July 11, 2014 by Suzanne Burns

Good Friday afternoon from T.I.G.E.R.S. in Myrtle Beach!

Who says you need to go to Africa for a Safari?

T.I.G.E.R.S. is home to some of the world's most famous animal actors, stars of stage and screen. Dr. Bhagavan "Doc" Antle is the founder and director of T.I.G.E.R.S. and The Rare Species Fund. While growing up on a vast cattle ranch in Arizona, Doc raised and cared for every amazing wild and exotic animal he could get his hands on. His passion took him to mainland China and other parts of Asia where he studied for and received his doctoral degree in medicine.

He returned to the United States in the early 80's and created an alternative drugless therapy clinic utilizing meditation, diet and exercise programs. In 1982, Doc was introduced to a Siberian tiger cub by a zoo director. Doc was so amazed by the presence of the tiger that he asked if he might use the tiger at the end of one of his lectures to demonstrate how even the most powerful animals were greatly affected by their environment. One of the impressed audience members was the local head of Exxon Oil who invited Doc to present the tiger and his message outlining the dangers of environmental damage at an upcoming Exxon Convention. Needless to say they were blown away and an amazing partnership was born between Doc Antle and the big cats of the world.

Today, Doc is widely recognized as one of the foremost animal trainers in the world, having worked with thousands of animals, and traveled the globe promoting the education and conservation of some of our planet's most rare and endangered species.

Learn more about conservation efforts for tigers, ligers, elephants, orangutans, gibbons, apes and more. Visit www.myrtlebeachsafari.com/signup to get started on your own interactive tour while helping this amazing foundation!

T.I.G.E.R.S. - The world's first ever white lion-tiger hybrids

Friday, June 27, 2014 by Suzanne Burns

Welcome again and good afternoon from T.I.G.E.R.S.!  The tour and Preservation Station are in full swing!  If you're a regular reader here, you know we often talk about our amazing LIGER, a cross between a Lion and a White Tiger.  

These five-month-old liger cubs are the nephews of Hercules, pictured below, the official Guinness Book of World Records largest cat on the planet! The four male liger cubs are the first ever to be born from a white male lion and a white female tiger, making them the world's most unique big cats. 

The four brothers named Yeti, Odlin, Sampson, and Apollo are the world's first ever white lion-tiger hybrids. Their parents are the famous wildlife ambassadors, Ivory and Saraswati, at Jungle Island in Miami, FL. Ivory and Saraswati met each other at the Myrtle Beach Safari in Myrtle Beach, SC. There are only around 300 white lions and 1,200 white tigers left in the world, so the cubs' father and mother are extremely rare in their own right. Ivory is a white African lion and Saraswati is a snow white Bengal tiger.

These adorable cubs may look unassuming but they could grow to be the biggest cats in the world averaging a weight gain of one pound per day! A liger is just what it sounds like, a cross between a male lion and tigress. There are around 1,000 ligers in the world but none of them are white.

According to Dr. Antle, Yeti (pictured on far left) is the biggest and most boisterous, pushing past his smaller brothers and wanting to be the center of attention. Doc says he is sure Yeti will reach the size of his Uncle Hercules, if not larger. "I am convinced Yeti will make the Guinness Book of Records. He's so big already - has such a big, fat head and paws. All the cubs grow so quickly but Yeti is already so much bigger". Apollo is the smallest and behaves more like a house kitten, purring all the time and demanding to be stroked. Ligers tend to enjoy swimming, which is a characteristic of tigers and are sociable like lions.  

"We've had everyone from Congressman to people from all walks of life get on planes to fly in to see such an incredibly unique sight", says Doc Antle, "they have such a beautiful creamy color that I have never seen on a cat before".

*Thank you to Lucy Osborne and the UK Daily Mail Online for their help in this publication.*

T.I.G.E.R.S. Preserve and T.I.G.E.R.S. Preservation  Station were created as a wildlife education organization dedicated to promoting global conservation. With informative, educational and entertaining interactive programs, Dr. Bhagavan Antle has created a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Dr. Antle, Director of T.I.G.E.R.S., works closely with international wildlife conservation projects in North America, South America, Africa and Southeast Asia.   To make reservations over the phone, please call 843.855.2699 or click here.

T.I.G.E.R.S. Preservation Station - Read what others are saying...

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 by Suzanne Burns

Good afternoon from T.I.G.E.R.S. in Myrtle Beach!  Did you know there is a FREE living tiger museum located inside Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach, SC?  It offers families the opportunity to see tigers up close, through glass, absolutely free of charge.

Read what others are saying about T.I.G.E.R.S. Preservation Station:

“Wow is an understatement!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014 via mobile

We took our 2 grown daughters(22 &23) and we all had a great time. We were amazed at how many animals we got to hold and interact with. I smiled so much in the 3 hrs we were there that my face hurt when we left. Well worth the money. We bought the pictures and got a cd with almost 500 pics of our day. Definitely something to experience with your family. - M. Chinun

 “Loved it”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014 NEW

I saw this and had to go . We got out picture taken with a tiger cub & a baby chimp.  My kids loved seeing all of the tigers. - smjones Edgewoor,  KY

“Wonderful Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014 NEW

We saw the ad somewhere and decided while at Barefoot Landing to go get our pictures with a tiger. I have been obsessed with chimpanzees since I was very young, so I was thrilled to see the option to take a picture with one. I was apprehensive bc I do not agree with animals being used for entertainment but once I witnessed with operation and the animals' owners, I became more comfortable.  The trainers/owners were very knowledgeable. I plan on returning to do the tour once I can without the entire family. If you are a true animal lover then I highly recommend it. My mother went and she isnt the biggest on animals, especially touching them but one hug from the chimp youngster was all it took for her to fall in love. - T. Tyler Roanoke, VA

“Great Experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Once in a lifetime experience. You get to interact with the animals.  Wonderful! We will definitely do the full safari next time, we only got to do the pics with the tiger and the monkey. The staff is very friendly. - Kim D. Woburn, MA

For those interested in meeting a tiger or an ape in person, we offer (for a fee)the opportunity to pose with one of the animal ambassadors for a photo. The animals spend only a couple hours per day, in the late afternoon, at T.I.G.E.R.S. Preservation Station and funding generated from our photos and gift shop sales help support various wildlife conservation projects we conduct worldwide through our Rare Species Fund. We are open from mid-March to mid-October and hours of operation can be found by visiting our website.

T.I.G.E.R.S. - Unlikely trio of friends live and swim together

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 by Suzanne Burns

Good afternoon from T.I.G.E.R.S.!  I hope you are having a great week and are enjoying this perfect weather!  Come and visit live tigers and have your picture taken with a tiger or tiger cub at T.I.G.E.R.S. Preserve and Preservation Station in Myrtle Beach.

A lion, a tiger and a bear - oh my! Unlikely trio of wild friends live and swim together at Myrtle Beach sanctuary

Lions, tigers and bears are the kind of apex predators that instill fear in the hearts of most humans. But at the Myrtle Beach Safari and Wildlife Preserve, one unlikely animal trio is warming visitors hearts with their friendship and unusual workout.

Nahma the white tiger, Bam Bam the lion and Maximus the grizzly bear were raised together at the South Carolina preserve and consider each other siblings.

The 1-year-olds were recently photographer swimming in the pool with their handlers, an aquatic workout all three enjoy.

'These three have been playing together all their lives, so they've forgotten their differences,' said Doc Antle who runs the preserve.

Antle coordinates wildlife conservation projects all over the world via RareSpeciesFund.org. He says allowing the animals to swim in his specially constructed pool keeps them healthy, agile and stimulated.

'It's great exercise for them and it helps keep them cool in the summer,' he said. - By Daily Mail Reporter Published: 10 June 2014

Learn more about Doc, the trainers, animals, and the tour at www.myrtlebeachsafari.com

T.I.G.E.R.S. - Support and join T.I.G.E.R.S. and the R.S.F.

Monday, June 9, 2014 by Suzanne Burns

Good afternoon everyone from T.I.G.E.R.S. in Myrtle Beach! Where in Myrtle Beach can you experience a safari?  What attraction can you visit and feel the leathery hide of an elephant, the soft touch of a lynx, and hear the heart pounding sound of tigers running at 55 miles per hour?   

As I was doing some research for the blog this morning, I found this article:

Tigers are Rapidly Disappearing from the Wild
According to the latest estimates, there are only about 3,200 tigers left in the wild on the entire planet. That's a catastrophically sharp decline from the 100,000 tigers that were estimated to be in the wild in 1990. The WWF experts warn that "The big cat, which is native to southern and eastern Asia, could soon become extinct unless urgent action is taken to prevent hunting and loss of habitat."

The Campaign to Double Wild Tiger Population
Countries where tigers are still found in the wild - such as China, India and Bangladesh - have made a commitment to double their numbers by 2022 (Year of the Tiger in the Chinese calendar). But following through on that pledge will be the hard part, and conservation groups are trying to put pressure on them to force them to keep their word.

We Could Lose a Top Predator
If tigers disappear (at least from the wild), we not only lose a top predator that is essential to many ecosystems, but it also means that enough habitat has been destroyed to also endanger many other species. Tiger population health is an indicator of ecosystem health in many Asian countries. by Michael Graham Richard (@Michael_GR)

Take the tour of T.I.G.E.R.S. preserve where you will connect with wildlife in a very intimate way and involve yourself personally in the lives of these amazing animals. Then walk away into the world with a desire to save these creatures and help preserve their environments.

Please visit, support and join T.I.G.E.R.S. and the R.S.F in their worldwide education and conservation efforts.  For more info, go to myrtlebeachsafari.com and rarespeciesfund.org.

T.I.G.E.R.S. - experiences that can be life changing

Friday, May 30, 2014 by Suzanne Burns

Good day from T.I.G.E.R.S. in Myrtle Beach! 

At our Preservation Stations, the wildlife ambassadors; the great apes, big cats, elephant and a stunning group of other highly interactive animal ambassadors, offer our guests a collection of experiences that can be life changing. While at the preserves, the participants senses are awakened to a whole new world; feeling the leathery hide of our elephant, the soft touch of a lynx, the sweet smell of a binturong and the heart pounding sound of tigers running at 55 miles per hour. Our visitors see animals they know and love displaying their spectacular natural talents and have encounters with new ones they never even knew existed. During these encounters our guests connect with wildlife in a very intimate way which 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.

Read what others said recently:

“Loved this experience so much!”
I haven't been on the tour (yet), but we did the Barefoot Landing part of the experience. We got to hold a chimpanzee, a 3 month old Golden Tabby tiger, and a 1 month old Bengal. They took a lot of pictures that we could choose from. I loved that we got to go "nose to nose" with the Bengal. He was adorable. The staff is incredible, so passionate about their jobs and the animals. They had just as much to do with the experience being wonderful as the animals did! I will be going to the sanctuary to take the 3-hour tour in a couple of months when I visit again. The Barefoot Landing experience was worth every single penny. - Stina143 New Jersey Visited May 25, 2014


"Wonderful Experience"
Highly recommended for anyone that loves animals. I told my special needs daughter and she loved it. You are able to get up close and personal with some of the rarest animals in the world. It's a once in lifetime opportunity. - Julie C. Brooklyn, NC  Visited May 16, 2014


“no lions or bears only tigers lol”
if you like watching tigers play & might want a picture with a baby this is the place to go & watch them. the tigers were very active when we went and saw them. spent about 1/2 hour just enjoying the big cats & the little ones playing. - Wm. Haws Center Valley, PA  Visited May 16, 2014


"Unbelievable!"
This is an experience that is well worth every penny paid. You are up close and personal with some of the rarest animals in the world for hours! The staff are truly amazing and dedicate their lives to caring for and promoting the preservation of the animals. My favorite part of the whole experience was meeting a little two year old chimp who stole my heart! I would recommend this to anyone who asked me about it and plan on going back next year. - Abby F.  Visited May 13, 2014

“AMAZING!”
This is something you must try and do at least once in your lifetime! My daughter has talked about the experience daily since we visited. Watching her eyes light up in excitement was worth every penny. The animal trainers truly make everyone feel welcome. We cannot wait to go back , Thanks for all you do!  - April b Morristown, TN  Visited May 12, 2014

For more information, please visit www.myrtlebeachsafari.com

T.I.G.E.R.S. - "We can bring endangered species back"

Friday, May 16, 2014 by Suzanne Burns

Hello and good afternoon from T.I.G.E.R.S. in Myrtle Beach!  The Tour is a guided walk through a fifty acre preserve  just 17 miles South of Barefoot Landing, where you'll meet tigers, wolves, leopards, chimpanzees, orangutans, and other endangered species, many of them up-close and un-caged! 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.  

Enjoy this recent article:  

MEDFORD, Ore. — Oregon's famous wandering gray wolf, dubbed OR-7, may have found the mate he has trekked thousands of miles looking for, wildlife authorities said Monday. It's likely the pair spawned pups, and if confirmed, the rare predators would be the first breeding pair of wolves in the Oregon's Cascade Range since the early 1900s.

Officials said cameras in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest in the southern Cascades captured several images of what appears to be a female wolf in the same area where OR-7's GPS collar shows he has been living.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist John Stephenson said it is not proof, but it is likely the two wolves mated over the winter and are rearing pups that would have been born in April. Biologists won't start looking for a den until June, to avoid endangering the pups.

"It's amazing that he appears to have found a mate," Stephenson said. "I didn't think it would happen. It makes me more impressed with the ability of wolves to survive and find one another."

Young wolves typically leave their pack and strike out for a new territory, hoping to find a mate and start a new pack.

OR-7 has been looking for a mate since leaving the Imnaha pack in northeastern Oregon in September 2011. His travels have taken him thousands of miles as he crossed highways, deserts and ranches in Oregon, moved down the spine of the Cascade Range deep into Northern California and then back to Oregon, all without getting shot, having an accident or starving.

Federal Endangered Species Act protections for wolves have been lifted in eastern Oregon, where the bulk of them reside, but they remain in force in the Cascades. Protections for the animals have also ended in the last several years in the Northern Rockies and western Great Lakes.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed ending the listing across most of the rest of the country as populations have rebounded. A final decision is expected later this year.

If a wolf was going to start a pack in a new part of Oregon, ranchers should be glad it is OR-7, who has no history of preying on livestock, said Bill Hoyt, past president of the Oregon Cattlemen's Association. The group supports Oregon's wolf recovery plan and is looking forward to the day the predator's numbers and range expand enough for their protections to be removed.

Steve Pedery, conservation director of Oregon Wild, said the news was "spectacular." The conservation group won a court ruling barring the state from killing two members of OR-7's home pack for preying on livestock and later won a settlement strictly limiting when wolves can be killed.

"It goes to show that when we act on America's best impulses for the environment, amazing things can happen. We can bring endangered species back," he said.

Stephenson expected the battery on OR-7's GPS collar to die soon, so the biologist set up trail cameras based on the wolf's most recent whereabouts. The GPS locations also showed OR-7 was staying within a smaller area, common behavior when wolves have pups to feed.

When he checked the cameras last week, Stephenson said one had recorded a black wolf he had not seen before. An hour later, OR-7 was photographed on the same camera. The black wolf was confirmed to be female because she squatted to urinate.

Officials had planned to let OR-7's collar die, but now that he appears to have found a mate, he will be fitted with a new one this summer to monitor the pack.

Stephenson said officials had no idea where the female came from.
By JEFF BARNARD  The Associated PressMay 12, 2014

Go online and visit www.myrtlebeachsafari.com for more information about the Rare Species Fund, the tour and Tigers Preserve.  Come to see the White Tigers, a liger and other amazing animals in Myrtle Beach at one of the most exciting animal adventures ever.  All proceeds from the tour go to The Rare Species Fund and The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species.

T.I.G.E.R.S. - Animals you see on TV and movies

Friday, May 9, 2014 by Suzanne Burns

Good Friday afternoon from T.I.G.E.R.S. in Myrtle Beach, SC!  The staff and animals, dedicated to ongoing breeding and international conservation projects are currently in full swing at the 50 acre Preserve and Preservation Station.

T.I.G.E.R.S. was founded by Dr. Bhagavan Antle. He is one of the World’s foremost trainers of big cats and other exotic animals. Doc Antle’s animal actors have appeared in over 500 films, television shows, commercials and advertisements worldwide.

Mary Quinn O'Connor, Reporter program at Fox News describes these animal actors:

If you’ve ever wondered where the animals you see on TV and movies live when they're not on set, or even how they learn to “act”, look no further than Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. This tourist destination, known mainly for its sunny weather and crowded beaches, is also home to Tigers Preservation Station and Safari (T.I.G.E.R.S) a safari for celebrity animals.
 
“Watching the film and television process happen gave me an idea that recreating that for our guests gave them the chance to see animals up close and in action doing things like their favorite television moments,” said T.I.G.E.R.S. Founder and safari director Dr. Bhagavan Antle.
 
“Doc” created a safari for visitors from around the world to come and see these highly trained animals in their natural habitat. You may recognize these animals from films such as "Ace Ventura", "Doctor Doolittle", "Jungle Book", and "Mighty Joe Young".


 
“We act as agents for the animals,” said Antle. “Producers from movie and television call us up and say ‘We need a tiger who will just go up and lay down with an actress,’" said Antle.
 
The trainers at T.I.G.E.R.S make that request a reality. Through hundreds of hours of training a week, these animals become accustomed to working with humans.
 
“That gives the animals an edge in working the movie and television business because they are already so acclimated to the human lifestyle,” said Antle.
 
Thirty years ago, Antle created this unique safari experience where guests could come and interact (sit with them, play with them, and feed them) with these wild, endangered, and even famous animals like nowhere else in the world.


 
“It’s not going to the zoo, it something all together different,” said one safari guest.

The animals at this safari have already starred in over 500 movie and television shows over the past 30 years, and some of these animals still have a long career ahead of them-- like Bubbles the Elephant. Bubbles has starred in many movies, but is most famous for her role in Ace Ventura.
 
“She’s what I call the world’s biggest movie star,” said Antle. “There has been another elephant in a movie but its not as tall or heavy as Bubbles.”
 
By visiting Bubbles or some of your other favorite animal-stars, you are contributing to the Rare Species Fund which was established to provide funding to critical international wildlife conservation programs.
 
“The animal actors and the animals that are here meeting the guests will raise money for grassroots conservation programs that give people the chance to save wildlife throughout the world,” said Antle.

Ian Guerin gave a plug this week in the article called, "Ten reasons to stay at Barefoot Resort in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina":

The T.I.G.E.R.S. (short for The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species) Preservation Station gets visitors up close and personal with the world's rarest tiger breeds, apes and chimpanzees. For the more daring, tickets are also available for T.I.G.E.R.S. outdoor preserve, located 17 miles south of Barefoot.

That is the home to Hercules, a 900-pound Liger (lion-tiger hybrid) recognized in the 2014 Guinness Book of World Records as the world's largest cat.

Go online and visit www.myrtlebeachsafari.com for more information about the Rare Species Fund, the tour and Tigers Preserve.  Come to see the White Tigers, a liger and other amazing animals in Myrtle Beach at one of the most exciting animal adventures ever.  All proceeds from the tour go to The Rare Species Fund and The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species.

T.I.G.E.R.S. - Yeti, Odlin, Sampson and Apolo

Thursday, April 24, 2014 by Suzanne Burns

Good day from  T.I.G.E.R.S. in Myrtle Beach!  Get up close and personal and see rare tigers and apes at this exhibit, with photo sessions available that help support the conservation and breeding efforts of these animals. Tiger trainers are also on hand to answer any questions.

Enjoy this recent article about T.I.G.E.R.S.:

These adorable cubs may look cute and unassuming but they are in fact the rarest of their species – and could grow to be the biggest cats in the world.

The four handsome male ‘liger’ cubs are the first ever to be born from a white male lion and white female tiger, making them the world’s most unique big cats.

There are only around 300 white lions and 1,200 white tigers left in the world, so the cubs’ father, Ivory and mother, Saraswati, are extremely rare in their own right.

  • Yeti, Odlin, Sampson and Apolo are the world's most unique big cats
  • First 'liger' cubs to be born from white male lion and white female tiger
  • At six weeks old, they already weigh 15lbs and gain a pound a day

According to Director Dr. Bahglavan Antle, Yeti is the biggest and most boisterous, pushing past his smaller brothers and wanting to be the center of attention. Doc says he is sure Yeti will reach the size of his Uncle Hercules, if not larger. "I am convinced Yeti will make the Guinness Book of Records. He's so big already - has such a big, fat head and paws. All the cubs grow so quickly but Yeti is already so much bigger". Apollo is the smallest and behaves more like a house kitten, purring all the time and demanding to be stroked. Ligers tend to enjoy swimming, which is a characteristic of tigers and are sociable like lions.  

"We've had everyone from Congressman to people from all walks of life get on planes to fly in to see such an incredibly unique sight", says Doc Antle, "they have such a beautiful creamy color that I have never seen on a cat before". By Lucy Osborne dailymail.uk.co

Please visit, support and join T.I.G.E.R.S. and the R.S.F in their worldwide education and conservation efforts.  For more info, go to myrtlebeachsafari.com .