Good chilly afternoon from T.I.G.E.R.S. in Myrtle Beach!
Come visit the 50-acre preserve, home to over 60 big cats. The 2014 season opens March 16th! I just found out this week that T.I.G.E.R.S. will be featured on Big The National Geographic Channel November 29. The episode, called Super Cat will be aired during Big Cat Week on the network. More on this later.
Some of the big cats you will see on the Nat Geo episode and at T.I.G.E.R.S. are:
Bengal Tiger - This cat is the most numerous tiger subspecies The total population is estimated at fewer than 2,500 individuals with a decreasing trend. Over the past century tiger numbers have fallen dramatically. None of the Tiger Conservation Landscapes within the Bengal tiger range is large enough to support an effective population size of 250 individuals. Habitat losses and the extremely large-scale incidences of poaching are serious threats to the species' survival.
Liger - The liger is a hybrid cross between a male lion and a tigress. Thus, it has parents with the same genus but of different species. Hercules, who resides at the preserve (pictured above) is The World's Largest Living Cat according to the 2014 Guinness Book of World Records Ligers are extremely social animals. They are happy and content living with both lions and tigers.
Leopards - Leopards are graceful and powerful big cats closely related to lions, tigers, and jaguars. They live in sub-Saharan Africa, northeast Africa, Central Asia, India, and China. However, many of their populations are endangered, especially outside of Africa. Adept climbers, leopards will often drag their food into trees to protect it from scavengers.
Learn more about the animals and the preserve at www.myrtlebeachsafari.com.