Good morning from T.I.G.E.R.S. In Myrtle Beach South Carolina, although we are closed for the season, our blogger Dan DeFreest is still busy keeping you informed about our incredible animals and their history.
Our preserve in Myrtle Beach is more than 50 acres, providing a beautiful, spacious and comfortable habitat for our animals to enjoy.
Unfortunately, for many people living in cities around the world, the only chance that they have to see exotic animals is in the local zoo. Although a zoo is a much more confined area compared to a preserve live T.I.G.E.R.S, it still offers protection to endangered species and on opportunity for humans to be educated and learn to appreciate them.
The oldest zoo still in existence is in Vienna Austria and was built in 1752. Initially, zoos were constructed by wealthy people as a symbol of their power and authority. In the early 1800s, zoos were built to be more educational. The London Zoo was opened to the public in 1847 and had initially been built for scientific study years earlier.
Sadly, some zoos actually exhibited human pygmies in zoos caged with chimpanzees to try to show a link between animals and humans. Fortunately, this practice was ended.
Today, any public animal exhibits must be licensed and inspected by a number of federal and state agencies. Although there will always be detractors who are overly concerned about confining animals to zoos or habitats, it’s a sad fact that as the human world is continually expanding, the animal kingdom is shrinking.
We are dedicated to preserving these animals and educating humans. To find out more and what you can do to help, check out our website and make a reservation to come and visit us next spring at T.I.G.E.R.S. in Myrtle Beach South Carolina.