Myrtle Beach host to Animal Friends

Good day from TIGERS Preserve!  What do an orangutan, an elephant and a tiger have in common?  They are close friend who live together in Myrtle Beach!

Suryia the orangutan is an animal ambassador at the preserve helping to raise baby primates but likes nothing better than spending quality time with his canine friend on his day off.  'They will spend a few hours each day together rolling around, swimming,' said Dr Antle. 'Suryia will take Roscoe for walks around the enclosure and even feeds him some of his monkey biscuits. When they are both feeling a little lazy they will go for a ride on the back of Bubbles, our 27-year-old African elephant.  Their story has been featured in many articles and TV shows including National Geographic's Unlike Animal Friends.


Bubbles the elephant, born June 10, 1983 lives at the 50 acre preserve, in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  She has starred in Ace Ventura II, Dr. Doolittle, Malaika – HBO Special Movie, a Janet Jackson video and even some magazine photo shoots and ad.  Bubbles' personal interests include swimming, meeting new People, splashing, eating, and traveling.

There are also rare and exotic cats as well as many other animal actors. Some of these animals are the rare Golden Tabby Tigers, Siberian & Bengal, Tigers, Panthers, Leopards, Royal White Tigers, Lions and Jaguars.We even have one of the most unusual animals in the world, the Liger. This Gentle Giant is over 11 foot tall and 900 lbs. and is a cross between a male lion and female tiger. Our famous Rafiki Baboons Co-Star in Ace Ventura with Jim Carrey and in Mr. Magoo with Leslie Nelson as well as Jungle Book. Bubbles the elephant starred in Dr. Dolittle and Ace Ventura when Nature Calls.

Guests also enjoy wondrous experiences which live on for a lifetime in the hundreds of individual and group high end professional photographs and video we take of them on this once in a lifetime journey. They leave Preservation Station with images that only a few privileged photographers and explorers on safari have captured after years of travel; a tiger or cheetah running at full speed or swimming across a clear pool, the great apes sliding through the canopy or a large tusked elephant just a breath away. You can tell from their pictures and the letters they send us how it has changed them. This experience happens every day.

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. Please join us in our worldwide education and conservation efforts at

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