Enjoy this post by our guest blogger, Dan!
Welcome to this week’s blog from T.I.G.E.R.S. in beautiful Myrtle Beach South Carolina.
The word “safari” is often associated with tigers and lions, it conjures up images of danger and intrigue in the deepest, darkest wilds of Africa. Actually, safaris started out much tamer, interesting and educational experiences.
The term safari is Swahili for long journey. Its origins date back to the early part of the 1800s when an Englishman named William Cornwallis Harris organized an expedition into the wilds of South Africa to observe and document wildlife. It wasn’t until later in the century when two books were published; Jules Vern’s Five Weeks in a Balloon, in 1863, and H. Rider Haggard’s King Solomon’s Mines, in 1985, that safaris took on a more exotic connotation.
Eventually, Hollywood embraced the safari concept and used it for the backdrop of their Tarzan movie franchise, portraying safaris as villainous trips by unscrupulous hunters who killed and poached their way through the brush until Tarzan or Jungle Jim or, as in the case of the 1966 movie – The Naked Prey, the tribesman themselves took revenge on the hunters.
For many years, safaris were thought of as big-game hunting trips for wealth trophy hunters, today however, safaris have become and intricate and necessary part of the African economy with niche safari for every interest from photography to observations to preservation.
You don’t have to travel to Africa to go on a safari to see exciting and exotic animals, come visit us At T.I.G.E.R.S. in Myrtle Beach South Carolina. You’ll be informed, enlightened and entertained about these wonderful creatures and our responsibility to protect and preserve them. – by Dan Defreest