Myrtle Beach Safari Chimps Attend New “War for the Planet of the Apes” Premiere

On Friday, July 14, 2017, two movie-loving chimps from T.I.G.E.R.S. Myrtle Beach Safari attended the opening of the new movie “War for the Planet of the Apes” at Stone Theatres’ Grand 14 at The Market Common  in Myrtle Beach.  The three-year-old chimps known as Vali and Sugriva were accompanied by their caretakers from T.I.G.E.R.S. Myrtle Beach Safari in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Vali and Sugriva are young veteran movie-going chimps “regulars” that attend all “Planet of the Apes” movie premieres, just like their human counterparts. While both are usually surrounded with an entourage of adoring friends, these two are excited to show their independence by paying for their tickets, popcorn, and juice just before heading into the cinema.

Throughout the movie, Vali and Sugriva remained both attentive and mesmerized, and celebrated various action scenes, alongside their human counterparts, with applause and cheers (or by throwing popcorn at the bad guys). At the end of the movie, both chimps gave the movie two thumbs up (as they have with all previous “Planet of the Apes” movies).

Vali and Sugriva’s primary caretaker and founder/director of T.I.G.E.R.S. Myrtle Beach Safari, 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.

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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.