I hope you enjoyed the past few weeks of commentary on "unlikely animal friends". In case you missed it, please see the blog section at www.tigerfriends.com/home.html.
Some of the “friends” I introduced you there can be seen up close at T.I.G.E.R. Preserve in Myrtle Beach.
T.I.G.E.R.S. and the R.S.F. (Rare Species Fund) are based in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and operate four public education exhibits; Two "Preservation Stations" in Myrtle Beach, SC, "Wild Encounters" located at Jungle Island in Miami, FL as well as yearly productions in the Boston, MA area of the highly acclaimed show "The Tale of the Tiger".
At Preservation Stations, the wildlife ambassadors; the great apes, big cats, elephant and a stunning group of other highly interactive animal ambassadors, offer 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 an 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. 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 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.
The Rare Species Fund was established to provide funding to critical, on the ground, international wildlife conservation programs, thereby complimenting the educational messages and field research of T.I.G.E.R.S.. The Fund receives its financing base through a percentage of revenues taken in by T.I.G.E.R.S., the generosity of donations from exhibit guests, and the general public. Specific projects where our funding has made a real difference include:
1. The Raptor Research Program of the Endangered Wildlife Trust in South Africa.
2. The Savannah Cheetah Foundation in South Africa preparing captive bred cheetahs for wildlife education programs.
3. A National Geographic research team used our trained animal ambassadors to learn how to fit grizzly bears and lions with video collars so that, for the very first time, research could be carried out from the animals point of view on its routines.
4. The RSF has invested in the planting of trees to replenish the rainforest located in the vicinity of Tanjung Puting National Park in Central Indonesian Borneo as part of the Orangutan Foundation International’s Forestry Restoration Program.
5. T.I.G.E.R.S. helped The Smithsonian Institute to take battery operated televisions into the South American rainforest to show remote villages and rural populations a short film of the beauty of jaguars and other South American mega fauna. The film was shot using Inca, an adult male jaguar raised at T.I.G.E.R.S.. He has such a close bond with his trainers that he was allowed to swim and play freely along rivers in South Carolina for the production of this beautiful film.
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: