T.I.G.E.R.S. MYRTLE BEACH SAFARI AND RARE SPECIES FUND RECEIVE 2017 IN SITU CONSERVATION AWARD

For their significant contributions to in-situ conservation of wild mountain gorillas in central Africa

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C., November 27, 2017 – Award presented at 2017 Zoological Association of America Annual Conference

The Zoological Association of America recognized Myrtle Beach Safari and the Rare Species Fund for their significant contributions to in-situ conservation of wild mountain gorillas in central Africa including Uganda.

Doc Antle, founder and director of T.I.G.E.R.S. Myrtle Beach Safari and the Rare Species Fund, accepted the 2017 In Situ Conservation award at this month’s Zoological Association of America’s 13th annual conference held in San Antonio, Texas.

Providing equipment, supplies and funding, Myrtle Beach Safari has been supporting mountain gorilla conservation in western Uganda since 2013. Myrtle Beach Safari provided the first drone for anti-poaching, along with GPS units, camera traps, binoculars, digital cameras, wrist watches, compasses, canteens, military backpacks, tents, sleeping bags, inflatable mattress pads, boots, dry socks, rain jackets and pants, flashlights, lighted caps and more, to the Uganda Wildlife Authority to maintain the integrity of the national park.

“We are grateful to the Zoological Association of America for recognizing our ongoing commitment and work in helping protect wild mountain gorillas in central Africa,” stated Doc Antle, founder and director of T.I.G.E.R.S. Myrtle Beach Safari. “Preserving rare and endangered species is the core foundation of what we do each and every day, both here in South Carolina and throughout the world.”

Doc Antle is widely recognized as one of the foremost animal trainers in the world, having worked with thousands of animals and traveled the globe promoting the education and conservation of some of our planet’s rarest and most endangered species. T.I.G.E.R.S. Myrtle Beach Safari and the Rare Species Fund are fully devoted and committed to educating the community and protecting endangered species such big cats, non-native bears, and great apes.

The work of T.I.G.E.R.S. Myrtle Beach Safari and the Rare Species Fund, in partnership with Conservation Through Public Health, continues to mitigate disease transmission, the single greatest threat to the gorillas. Working with local villagers, including the Batwa pygmies, to educate children, create jobs and improve farming techniques has helped reduce the need for illegal poaching.

The Rare Species Fund 501(c)3 Charity has raised more than $1 million for worthy conservation projects around the world. All donations are tax deductible.

To learn more about the Rare Species Fund, please visit www.RareSpeciesFund.org.

The Rare Species Fund has provided tents to help create a mobile health clinic for our partner, Conservation Through Public Health, in western Uganda. Download the pdf file complete with images: Mobile Community Health Clinic Helping Uganda Gorillas.

About TIGERS:
The TIGERS Myrtle Beach Safari is home to more than 130 wild animals, including 60 big cats. The animals here are center stage in this fully interactive, hands-on experience, where you can cuddle up to tiger cubs, join the wolf pack, share a laugh with our apes, witness adult tigers running at full speed, and feed Bubbles, our African elephant. Plus, this is the only place in the world where you can meet the liger, the world’s largest big cat weighing in at more than 900 pounds. Go ahead, reach out and touch the jungle and create a lifetime of memories.

Photo & Video Assets for TIGERS:
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