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T.I.G.E.R.S Preservation Station at Myrtle Beach Safari

Thank you to Vacation Myrtle Beach for sponsoring our T.I.G.E.R.S Preservation Station experience

One of the things I was looking forward to the most in Myrtle Beach was our visit to T.I.G.E.R.S Preservation Station. In fact, when the ladies at Vacation Myrtle Beach asked me which attractions we’d be the most interested in visiting, T.I.G.E.R.S. Preservation Station was at the tip top of my list. Once they confirmed our reservation, it was all I could talk about for weeks.

Since our reservation had been made online in advance we were one of the first people in line for our photo op with the animals but I was still feeling so impatient. Normally I’m very chill but seeing those baby animals so close made me want everything to hurry up so I could get their furry little faces in my hands.

When it was our turn the first animal they brought out was the young Liger (Lion/Tiger). It was THE BEST! Brandon gave him a bottle of milk while I pet him as much as possible and marveled at the size of his enormous paws. I wanted to bring him home with me, he was seriously the cutest thing ever (and of course, I said that about every animal there). 

Playing with a young Liger at TIGERS Preservation Station in Myrtle Beach

After the liger, they brought out a young tiger and a tiger cub. I swear I thought my heart was going to explode from all of the fur and cuteness. I legit can’t remember the last time I was so excited about something. 

Feeding a young tiger at TIGERS Preservation Station in Myrtle Beach

Cuddling a tiger cub at TIGERS Preservation Station in Myrtle Beach.

Cuddling a tiger cub at TIGERS Preservation Station in Myrtle Beach.

Holding a tiger cub at TIGERS Preservation Station in Myrtle Beach.

But can we talk about the monkeys? I lovvvvved the tigers / liger just like I knew I would but I was shocked by how much I loved the little monkeys. The little one I was able to hold wrapped his arms around me and hugged my neck. That was it. That was all it took for him to have me completely in love with him and trying to figure out how to smuggle him out of the Preservation Station so I could take him home with me.

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The little guys were absolutely adorable and just the sweetest little things. They behaved so well and were rewarded with treats after the photos. I couldn’t stop snuggling the little one though so I held on for as long as I could before giving him back. When I looked through our photos after our experience I think at least 80% of them were me and my monkey, haha.

TIGERS Preservation Station in Myrtle Beach

TIGERS Preservation Station in Myrtle Beach

TIGERS Preservation Station in Myrtle Beach

If you are in Myrtle Beach, T.I.G.E.R.S. Preservation Station should be a must-see attraction. It’s a little weird to find because it’s in a shopping center known as Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach. You should park by TBonz Restaurant then walk down the little alley to the left of the restaurant. The tigers are located just back there on the left. 

After you leave the photo op area you walk past an enclosure with adult tigers. You are able to get up so close to them and they are gorgeous. They ask that you don’t take photos up against the glass with the adult cats but I’m telling you, it’s an incredible moment. With no one and nothing between me and a 500+ pound tiger except for a thin sheet of glass there was something truly beautiful and incredible in the time Brandon and I spent there. 

All proceeds go directly to support international wildlife conservation projects through the Rare Species Fund, and to the care and maintenance of our animal ambassadors. Learn more about this amazing Myrtle Beach experience.

Comments

  1. this looks amazing! Please tell me more about it: are tigers released into the wild when they reach a certain stage? Are they treated nice? How big is the preservation station?

    • Hi Victoria! Unfortunately, they are not released to the wild but they are housed at the Myrtle Beach Safari (http://myrtlebeachsafari.com) which is a 50-acre wildlife preserve. The animals are used to human interaction, having been raised that way since they were babies, and it’s safer for them to remain in the sanctuary. They are treated extremely nice! The animals were not sedated for the photos and the handlers all live on-site so the animals become extremely familiar with them. The little monkeys even sleep in a bed with their handler! Lol. The experience is used to raise money for the Rare Species Fund to help preserve endangered wildlife. 🙂

  2. Oh my goodness they are so cute!!!! The little monkey too 🙂 That’s so awesome that you got to visit such a great place.

    • That monkey is such a hugger! For real. He just wrapped his little arms around my neck and held on for big hugs. He was great. The monkeys were definitely my husband’s favorite part of the experience.

  3. That looks like such a great time! I have never seen a “Liger” in real life! How amazing is that! I love the pictures of you guys feeding him, so sweet!

  4. How fun! And what an awesome cause. I feel like a putz—I totally didn’t think ligers were a real thing. I thought they were up there with unicorns and griffins.Haha

    The love between you and that monkey is so cute 🙂

    Nice to stop by here again, Ashley! I hope to get back more into blogging. Take care!

    -Shelly

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