Hey hey hey, how are y’all doing? I’m really excited about today’s post! It’s about my favorite thing we did when we were visiting Myrtle Beach, SC, the T.I.G.E.R.S Preservation Station! The Institute for Greatly Endangered and Rare Species (T.I.G.E.R.S.) is a wildlife preserve in Myrtle Beach, SC. I had absolutely no clue about this until we got to Myrtle Beach! Once I found out about it, I just had to do it! After I told Stephen all about it, he agreed we could visit the animals and do the photo opportunity at the Preservation Station at Barefoot Landing. I booked our tickets and was so super excited about it the whole trip!

T.I.G.E.R.S. has two experiences. One is a wild encounter that takes place at their preserve where you get to meet multiple different animals. The wild encounter was only doing Saturday tours and we were leaving that day, so if you’re interested in doing the wild encounter, definitely look that up before you go! The other experience is the Preservation Station at Barefoot Landing, which is actually free to go check out. They have a couple big tigers and some baby tigers you can watch. The photo encounter is where you get to interact with the animals. It’s a bit pricey, but totally worth it if it’s in your budget!! All of the proceeds go to support the Rare Species Fund. For more information visit http://myrtlebeachsafari.com.

The first thing we did once we started our encounter was visit with a big tiger (through glass), and Stephen got to feed him a treat!

This guy is only 2/3 of the way grown!!
Checking out his treat.
Look at that mouth!!
Yummy treat!

Next we moved on to visit with the babies! First was a 3-4 month old tiger.

She really loved her bottle!
We got to pet her some more while the handlers gave us more info on her.
Look at those paws!!!

Next was my favorite. We got to hold baby monkeys!!!

How cute are they?!
Just lounging around
Cutest little cuddle monkey!
Hanging around, literally!

My monkey proceeded to smack Stephens monkey right upside the head!! Then apparently needed to run away, or get a better angle, I really couldn’t tell. Either way it resulted in the following hilarious pictures:

Stephen had no clue any of this was going on, haha!!

Our last visitor was a 6 week old baby tiger! She was so sleepy, cuddly, and cute!

Look at that sweetie!
Nose to nose!
Stephen loved this little one!
Nose to nose for them too!
Stephen kept trying to feel for her claws, haha!

If you couldn’t tell from my ridiculous smile in all of the pictures, I was so happy and excited to get to do this!! Seriously, when else am I going to be able to hold all these animals?! It was so much fun!! This was hands down my favorite thing we did on our Myrtle Beach trip!! If you missed my recap of that trip, check it out here.

We had an incredible experience at the T.I.G.E.R.S. Preservation Station and would totally recommend it to anyone visiting Myrtle Beach!! If you can swing the photo encounter; it is a MUST DO!!! I know that we’ll remember this for a long time! Have you visited the Preservation Station? What has been your most memorable vacation experience?

Kristy

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