T.I.G.E.R.S. – Read what others are saying!

Good afternoon again from T.I.G.E.R.S. in Myrtle Beach, SC!!!  The staff would like to wish every one a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend!  I hope you enjoy the posts and comments you read here.  I have written about the animals; tigers, ligers, panthers, orangutans, and other exotic animals.  I’ve also kept you up to date on the Director, Dr. Bhagavan Antle and the T.I.G.E.R.S. staff and their efforts and dedication to  global conservation.

Now read below what others are saying:

“Amazing Experience!!!”

Definitely once in a lifetime experience. The tour was amazing. The trainers were very informative and energetic. The amount of animals that we were able to see and come into contact with was awesome! I would definitely go again. Definitely worth the money! Save the Tiger, Save the World! Samantha Reviewed May 17, 2015

“Unbelievable Experience”

Me and my husband had an amazing time at the Tigers Preserve. The only thing we are quite disappointed with is the video. We paid a good deal of money for the pictures and video package. The pictures are great, but the video does not have the part we both most enjoyed.. hanging out with the chimpanzees!!! And it’s also quite short (not even 30 minutes). Other than that, we highly recommend it!!!  Sonja Visited May 2015

“For the Love of Tigers!”

Amazing! If you have a love for the tigers then I recommend you pay for the pictures. I didn’t do the full package because of time. Every penny you spend goes to the care of the animals. The staff is amazing and helpful. M Rankowski Reviewed May 27, 2015

Myrtle Beach attraction, T.I.G.E.R.S. (The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species) and the R.S.F. (Rare Species Fund) are based in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  For more information, please visit www.myrtlebeachsafari.com.

 


T.I.G.E.R.S – Jack Hannah in Myrtle Beach for one night only!

Good afternoon from T.I.G.E.R.S in Myrtle Beach!  The season’s off to a great start; tours are selling out!  Go to our website and book yours today!  The staff here is looking forward to seeing Jack Hannah in Myrtle Beach for one night only, on June 14!

Jungle Jack Hanna explores the corners of the globe as one of the most respected animal ambassadors. His enthusiasm and “hands-on” approach to wildlife conservation has won him widespread acclaim as a conservationist, television personality, author and Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and the Wilds.

Recognized as America’s favorite zookeeper, Jack has made countless television appearances on shows such as Good Morning America, CBS’s The Talk, and The Late Show with David Letterman.

Jack took his infectious energy to the airwaves by creating three nationally televised programs. Jack Hanna’s Animal Adventures ran for 10 years and is still currently in syndication. Most recently, the Columbus Zoo and Nationwide Insurance have partnered to sponsor the Emmy Award winning Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild and a new show on ABC, Jack Hanna’s Wild Countdown.

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Jungle Jack and his animal friends will be at The Calvin Gilmore Theater, for one night only, on June 14 at 4:00pm. Tickets start at $35 and are on sale now. To buy tickets use this link, call 800-843-6779, or visit the box office.

 

 


T.I.G.E.R.S. – Animal friends of different species

Good afternoon everyone from T.I.G.E.R.S. in Myrtle Beach!  If you read my posts, you know animals can become very close with members of another species.

Like most youngsters, their play can get a little wild. But five-month-old grizzly bear Bam Bam and 16-month-old chimpanzee Vali are the most unlikely friends.

For while together they resemble a pair of cuddly toys, they would normally live on different continents.

And when they grow up, Bam Bam is likely to be about nine times the size of his chimp pal. But the young males have been inseparable since being introduced at the Myrtle Beach Safari park in South Carolina, where they were born.

Visitors delight in watching them wrestling and playing tag. In the wild, Bam Bam would live in the wilds of North America, while Vali’s natural home is the jungle of central Africa.

Park owner Bhagavan Antle said staff decided to see whether the pair would hit it off when Bam Bam reached the same size as Vali – even though bears grow much faster than chimps.

‘We got them out there playing on a sunny day and they went on and on for hours,’ he said. ‘Neither of them wanted to quit. They would lie down and fall asleep at our feet, wake back up and start wrestling again.’

 Dr Antle added: ‘Bam Bam has more power, but Vali tricks him. He will throw things at Bam Bam and run around him in circles.’

When the pair aren’t together, energetic Vali likes to help out his mum, while Bam Bam prefers a slower pace of life.


Staff are not sure how long the friendship will last as Bam Bam will quickly grow into a 56st adult bear, while Vali will reach only 9st

‘He likes nothing better than a bowl of sweet potatoes and chicken mash,’ added Dr Antle.

Staff at the safari park now wonder whether the friendship can last. An adult grizzly can weigh up to 56st, while a mature male chimp tips the scales at just 9st.
Staff are not sure how long the friendship will last as Bam Bam will quickly grow into a 56st adult bear, while Vali will reach only 9st.

By Amy Oliver dailymail.co.uk/Photo by Barry Bland

Over the last decade T.I.G.E.R.S. have donated over 200 thousand dollars, as well as time, effort and expertise, to grassroots conservation programs in Asia and Africa. The money from the Wildlife tour goes directly to help save the Endangered Wildlife Species and preserve their natural habitats.  For information about T.I.G.E.R.S. visit, http://www.myrtlebeachsafari.com.

 


T.I.G.E.R.S – Become part of our International Conservation Programs

Good rainy Friday afternoon from T.I.G.E.R.S!  There are two ways to get close to our animal ambassadors by visiting Preservation Station or by taking the Wold Encounters Tour.

Preservation Station
Barefoot Landing
North Myrtle Beach, SC
Free Admission

Wild Encounters Tour
Myrtle Beach Safari
Myrtle Beach, SC

As we’ve worked on introducing new ways to interact with the world’s most beautiful and endangered animals, we’ve also spent time to improve our overall guest experience through our improved website and user-friendly technology. We love to receive comments from our guests who made a decision to visit the Safari and now benefit from increased awareness and love for our planet’s magnificent creatures. Let the rest of the world fade away for a brief moment while holding a Bengal tiger cub. Watch in amazement as your children laugh together listening to an orangutan making hysterical noises in conversation. Stand quietly while a 9,000 pound African elephant gently eats from your hand. Then, let us know if you agree that every positive change you make in your life allows something else to change for the better.

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The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species

Over the last decade we have donated over 1 Million Dollars, as well as our time, effort and expertise, to grassroots conservation programs in Asia and Africa. You can become part of our International Conservation Programs by taking the Wild Encounters Tour.

Check out our new look at www.myrtlebeachsafari.com


T.I.G.E.R.S. – Unlikely trio of friends live and swim together

Good afternoon from T.I.G.E.R.S.!  I hope you are having a great week and are enjoying this weather!  Come and visit live tigers and have your picture taken with a tiger or tiger cub at T.I.G.E.R.S. Preserve and Preservation Station in Myrtle Beach.

A lion, a tiger and a bear – oh my! Unlikely trio of wild friends live and swim together at Myrtle Beach sanctuary

Lions, tigers and bears are the kind of apex predators that instill fear in the hearts of most humans. But at the Myrtle Beach Safari and Wildlife Preserve, one unlikely animal trio is warming visitors hearts with their friendship and unusual workout.

Nahma the white tiger, Bam Bam the lion and Maximus the grizzly bear were raised together at the South Carolina preserve and consider each other siblings.

The 1-year-olds were recently photographer swimming in the pool with their handlers, an aquatic workout all three enjoy.

‘These three have been playing together all their lives, so they’ve forgotten their differences,’ said Doc Antle who runs the preserve.

Antle coordinates wildlife conservation projects all over the world via RareSpeciesFund.org. He says allowing the animals to swim in his specially constructed pool keeps them healthy, agile and stimulated.

‘It’s great exercise for them and it helps keep them cool in the summer,’ he said. – By Daily Mail Reporter Published: 10 June 2014

Learn more about Doc, the trainers, animals, and the tour at www.myrtlebeachsafari.com


T.I.G.E.R.S. – Yeti, Odlin, Sampson and Apolo

Good day from  T.I.G.E.R.S. in Myrtle Beach!  Get up close and personal and see rare tigers and apes at this exhibit, with photo sessions available that help support the conservation and breeding efforts of these animals. Tiger trainers are also on hand to answer any questions.

Enjoy this recent article about T.I.G.E.R.S.:

These adorable cubs may look cute and unassuming but they are in fact the rarest of their species – and could grow to be the biggest cats in the world.

The four handsome male ‘liger’ cubs are the first ever to be born from a white male lion and white female tiger, making them the world’s most unique big cats.

There are only around 300 white lions and 1,200 white tigers left in the world, so the cubs’ father, Ivory and mother, Saraswati, are extremely rare in their own right.

  • Yeti, Odlin, Sampson and Apolo are the world’s most unique big cats
  • First ‘liger’ cubs to be born from white male lion and white female tiger
  • At six weeks old, they already weigh 15lbs and gain a pound a day

According to Director Dr. Bahglavan Antle, Yeti is the biggest and most boisterous, pushing past his smaller brothers and wanting to be the center of attention. Doc says he is sure Yeti will reach the size of his Uncle Hercules, if not larger. “I am convinced Yeti will make the Guinness Book of Records. He’s so big already – has such a big, fat head and paws. All the cubs grow so quickly but Yeti is already so much bigger”. Apollo is the smallest and behaves more like a house kitten, purring all the time and demanding to be stroked. Ligers tend to enjoy swimming, which is a characteristic of tigers and are sociable like lions.  

“We’ve had everyone from Congressman to people from all walks of life get on planes to fly in to see such an incredibly unique sight”, says Doc Antle, “they have such a beautiful creamy color that I have never seen on a cat before”. By Lucy Osborne dailymail.uk.co

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 myrtlebeachsafari.com .


T.I.G.E.R.S. – Big Cat Safety, Handling and Training

Hello from T.I.G.E.R.S. in Myrtle Beach!  I hope you all will visit the new website!

And now, an interesting article I found:

Big Cat Safety, Handling and Training

By Dr. Bhagavan Antle, Director at T.I.G.E.R.S.

These are just some of my observations over the last 24 years as I have trained some 400 big cats and met hundreds more. By big cats, I only mean the Panthera family (lions, tigers, leopard, jaguars and hybrids) all the rest are in a different category and the small cats (including cheetah and pumas) are in a different class. They will kill you, but it is not with the same intent and aggressive behavior. Male lions are 100 times harder to train than tigers.

What is training?

Training is bridging the gap between what you want the animal to do and getting him to do it. It is the language that you use to talk to animals if you want them to do something. A animal is not trained unless it will do basic behaviors regularly and repeatedly without trouble.

Behavior in response to command is a language you create. This language allows you to communicate with big cats. Without this language put in place, you have random communication with the cat and safety is precarious.

Many people try to “train” cats with food. This type of reward system creates a food drive that if used improperly can lead to and create a dangerous response. If you are working a cat outside of a cage like this, when no food is available, you are no longer in control. You can bridge certain behaviors with food, but you must then do them without, to assure the behavior is solid. A trained cat will walk into a strange place and do what you want when you want because you ask it, not because you feed it.

What constitutes a trained big cat?

Being able to have a cat walk over to you after you open the door and lay down at your feet and then allow you to make contact is the beginning of a safe relationship. Having the cat stay in the cage with the door open until you request it to exit is essential to safety.

Trained cats will sit, come, stay, steady, back up, lay down, go to, get on etc… just like a trained obedience dog will. Trained cats will do this regularly and repeatedly, inside or outside of the cage without food rewards. A trained cat will climb onto a seat or table 5 to 10 times in a row without breaking down.

One of the first things our more than 50 lions, tigers, leopards, liger’s and jaguars are trained to do, is come out of a door or gate, in response to us calling their name. These animals are in groups of up to 10 or more, they have to wait their turn, and not push past any opening. Most of them have to do this 2 x a day as they are taken in from multi acre habitats, and brought into the main house for care, observation and feeding with full contact with the trainers the whole time.

A cat that you fool around with in a cage or through a cage is not trained. Without solid behaviors that are regular and repeatable you are at risk. The only sure way you know what the animal will do is when it does what you ask repeatedly.

Myrtle Beach attraction, T.I.G.E.R.S. (The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species) and the R.S.F. (Rare Species Fund) are based in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  For more information, please visit www.myrtlebeachsafari.com.


T.I.G.E.R.S. – One of the best Myrtle Beach attractions

Good afternoon from T.I.G.E.R.S.!  I hope you are having a great Friday and will have a safe weekend.

Dr. Bhagavan Antle of T.I.G.E.R.S. Preserve in Myrtle Beach strives to save Cheetahs.  Dr. Antle and eight exotic animal trainers from T.I.G.E.R.S along with their veterinarian Dr. Sherri Duncan, decided to go and teach the staff of Savannah Cheetah Foundation  how to train cheetahs to our lure system and make a video and photo documentary of this amazing event. Some of the T.I.G.E.R.S. staff have over twenty years experience working as professional videographers and photographers and are continually working with endangered wildlife species.  It is our hope that the sight of a beautiful cheetah pelting across the grass up close and personal both live and on DVD would help inspire their visitors and those who view the video and pictures, towards a more ecologically friendly way of life.

The Foundation was created as a breeding facility for cheetahs, and also as a place for people of all kinds to come and learn about the plight of cheetahs in the wild. Most of the visitors to the preserve are local students, many of whom have been raised with the idea that cheetahs are nuisance animals that need to be eradicated in order to protect livestock. It is to these children of Africa that the message of conservation is most essential.

We came to film and train cheetahs in a place with no name that is a mere ninety minutes drive from the airport, but is as far removed from anything resembling a city as somewhere can be.

Visit one of the best Myrtle Beach attractions, T.I.G.E.R.S. and enjoy a Myrtle Beach Safari for yourself.

Click here for more information on T.I.G.E.R.S. and the RSF.


T.I.G.E.R.S. – Bubbles and Bella

Good Friday afternoon from T.I.G.E.R.S. Preserve Myrtle Beach!  It’s Easter Weekend!  The perfect time for you and your families to take the tour or visit Preservation Station.  Each can be life changing. While at the preserves, the participants’ senses are awakened to a whole new world.  Contact them today to book your tour!

The guidelines of friendship are sometimes unrestricted.  So when it comes to her pal Bella, Bubbles the elephant’s is the world’s biggest playmate and most impromptu diving board.

Bubbles, a 9,000-pound elephant who was adopted by the safari in 1983, and Bella, the Labrador retriever, are the very best of friends. They live together at the T.I.G.E.R.S. Preserve Myrtle Beach!

A contractor hired to build a pool at the preserve in 2007 and apparently abandoned his black Lab here.Bubbles and Bella formed an unlikely bond. Now the pair can’t get enough of the water or each other

The preserve has documented some of the pair’s adorable playdates and if you visit youtube, you will see the video has received 1,135,896 hits so far.

Sometimes, Bubbles and Bella go for walks together. Other times, they go for long swims. At all times, we are completely enthralled by the two of them.

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 myrtlebeachsafari.com and rarespeciesfund.org


T.I.G.E.R.S – One of the best Myrtle Beach attractions

Good afternoon from T.I.G.E.R.S.!  I hope you are having a great Friday and will have a safe weekend.

Dr. Bhagavan Antle of T.I.G.E.R.S. Preserve in Myrtle Beach strives to save Cheetahs.  Dr. Antle and eight exotic animal trainers from T.I.G.E.R.S along with their veterinarian Dr. Sherri Duncan, decided to go and teach the staff of Savannah Cheetah Foundation  how to train cheetahs to our lure system and make a video and photo documentary of this amazing event. Some of the T.I.G.E.R.S. staff have over twenty years experience working as professional videographers and photographers and are continually working with endangered wildlife species.  It is our hope that the sight of a beautiful cheetah pelting across the grass up close and personal both live and on DVD would help inspire their visitors and those who view the video and pictures, towards a more ecologically friendly way of life.

The Foundation was created as a breeding facility for cheetahs, and also as a place for people of all kinds to come and learn about the plight of cheetahs in the wild. Most of the visitors to the preserve are local students, many of whom have been raised with the idea that cheetahs are nuisance animals that need to be eradicated in order to protect livestock. It is to these children of Africa that the message of conservation is most essential.

We came to film and train cheetahs in a place with no name that is a mere ninety minutes drive from the airport, but is as far removed from anything resembling a city as somewhere can be.

Visit one of the best Myrtle Beach attractions, T.I.G.E.R.S. and enjoy a Myrtle Beach Safari for yourself.

The Rare Species Fund is currently developing a program to reimburse farmers for livestock lost to wild predators, including jaguars. This initiative ensures that the predators do not become a financial liability for the farmers and are therefore less likely to be illegally poached. The RSF rewards farmers in the program who set aside a minimum of twenty percent of the land to be kept in its natural wild state. This ensures that viable habitat will remain for the jaguar as well as other indigenous wildlife, including: tapirs, monkeys, toucans, sloths, caiman and spectacled bears.

Click here for more information on T.I.G.E.R.S. and the RSF.


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