Conservation Observations | Getting Wild in Myrtle

What family friendly destination would be complete without a sampling of zoos and wildlife-centered attractions? Myrtle doesn’t disappoint in this area, with a variety of interesting and informative experiences for all ages.

Alligator Adventure, North Myrtle Beach

Alligator Adventure is one of the largest reptile zoos in the world, and it’s also home to the largest crocodile in captivity in the United States. Meet Utan, the 2,000 pound, 18 foot, 50 year old crocodile originally from Thailand. They also house gray wolves, kangaroos, primates, and the Sarus Crane, the tallest flying birds in the world.

A New Life Ranch, Fair Bluff, NC

Waccatee Zoo (5)

Farm animals are the star of the show at this sanctuary. Guests can bottle feed lambs and goats, milk cows, and more. Interact with nine different kinds of farm animals like Mable the bunny, chickens, ducks, mini potbelly pigs, and more. Located just a short drive from Myrtle.

T.I.G.E.R.S. Preservation Station, Myrtle Beach

The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species (T.I.G.E.R.S.) has two facilities on the Grand Strand, allowing visitors to get up close and personal with these rare and endangered species. The location at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach is a free exhibit featuring live tiger cubs and other creatures where visitors can get a sneak preview of bigger and better things at the larger facility in Myrtle Beach about 17 miles south. The T.I.G.E.R.S. Wild Encounters Preserve features a large collection of lions, tigers, cubs, and rare ligers, with lots of room to roam.

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About the Author: Pat Barcas serves as Creative Resources Manager for RTX, based in Asheville, NC. You can find him hiking the mountains of Asheville, gardening, traveling, and hanging with his growing family. His favorite RTX exchange destinations are Rangeley, Maine, Lake Tahoe, Banff, Canada, New Smyrna Beach, Florida, Cape Cod, and Orange Beach, Alabama. .

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