Animal Photos at Myrtle Beach Safari's Preservation Station: A Family Experience of a Lifetime!

Have you ever had something that doesn't really seem that big of a deal to some people, but you've ALWAYS wanted to do it? Okay...I'm confessing to that here.


From the time that my children were really little, I longed for an animal picture with some of the baby animals that came to Barefoot Landing- a place that we visit every year during our yearly trips to North Myrtle Beach. We usually visit the beach twice a year- staying once with my husband's family in a friend's house and staying in our timeshare in the fall. And Barefoot Landing is a great shopping/entertainment spot in North Myrtle Beach, so we usually find ourselves there once or twice a year.

Review of Preservation Station Myrtle Beach
Disclosure: I received a free photo package experience in exchange for a post. All opinions are always my own, and I was not compensated in any other way.

And every year, without fail, I watch the baby animals at the Myrtle Beach Safari's Preservation Station and wish that we could cuddle them and get our pictures made with them. But we've never set aside funds for that. This year, things changed. We had the opportunity to get family photos with the baby animals!!! And during our visit to the Preservation Station and our opportunity to interact with the animals, I was able to learn a little about the mission of the Myrtle Beach Safari as well.

About T.I.G.E.R.S. and the Myrtle Beach Safari


Mahamayavi Bhagavan “Doc” Antle is the founder of The Institute for Greatly Endangered and Rare Species- T.I.G.E.R.S. It's a fifty acre wildlife reserve in South Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. He also founded the Rare Species Fund which works to support wildlife conservation around the globe.

T.I.G.E.R.S. has been around since 1983, and Doc founded it to allow people to be able to interact with their "animal ambassadors" and the natural world to encourage conservation and to make people aware of wildlife conservation and global biodiversity. Since it's beginning, T.I.G.E.R.S. has raised and trained more than 400 big cats, and it's considered one of the  premier private wildlife facilities in the world.

So...what does all of this have to do with animal phots?

The Myrtle Beach Safari offers several options for visitors to see and interact with the wildlife on the preserve. There are tours that you can take- which look totally awesome! They also bring some of their animal ambassadors to Barefoot Landing to their Preservation Station. At this location, you can watch some of the big cats and have photos taken with baby animals.

Our Visit to Preservation Station


As I've said a few times, I was seriously excited about our photo opportunity. My girls were as well, although I'm not sure my husband was very into it at first. My son had already headed home from the beach trip. He's not a huge animal lover like the girls and I.

What I didn't realize when I had gazed longingly at the price chart for photos each year, looking at the big cats and at the babies waiting their turn for photos, was that what you get with your photo package isn't just a photo. It's an opportunity to pet, touch, hold, and interact with the sweet baby animals! And throughout the encounter, the photographers are working getting picture after picture of your experience.

We first met an adorable baby monkey. We each had the opportunity to hold him, as well as to feel his little hands. He especially liked Kathryne and wouldn't leave her until the trainer offered him more apple.

Review of Preservation Station Myrtle Beach

Review of Preservation Station Myrtle Beach

Review of Preservation Station Myrtle Beach

We then moved over to the tiger area and were able to get nose to nose with an adorable six week old baby. Her fur was sooo soft! Then we were able to pet a two month cub and give him a bottle as we had more photos taken.

Review of Preservation Station Myrtle Beach

Review of Preservation Station Myrtle Beach

Review of Preservation Station Myrtle Beach

Review of Preservation Station Myrtle Beach

At the end, we had the opportunity to look over all the photos and get two as an 8x10. (How many you get depends on the number of people in your group.) We also got a download code that allowed us to access and download every picture taken. It was about 200 pictures, ya'll. I am not kidding.

We had an amazing experience, and we have sooo many great pictures to share on social media, to print out and display, etc.

Why You Need to Make Preservation Station Part of Your Family's Beach Vacation Bucket List


So...why do you need to make sure you visit Preservation Station on your family's next trip to Myrtle Beach?

Because you get to hold and pet and feed and cuddle baby animals! Of course!

Also, because even though the price for the photo experience seems high when you first check it out, what you're actually getting is much, much more than a photo. It's the experience of interacting with the animals and the opportunity to have so many photos of your experience.

Review of Preservation Station Myrtle Beach




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