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See Lions, Tigers, Bears and More at the Waccatee Zoo
The Waccatee Zoo is located within about 500 acres of private wooded property. It began its operations over 20 years ago, and has brought thousands of smiles to the faces of children and adults alike who live in and outside of Myrtle Beach.
The zoo is beautifully lined with shady, winding trails for a relaxing and fun experience. There are over 100 species of thousands of animals. For example, you can plan to see lots of migratory birds there, since the zoo is located where the Intercoastal Waterway, the Waccamaw River, and the Socastee Creek meet. You’ll see spotty leopards, roaming buffalo herds, fast cougars, and many other types of exotic wildlife on your visit.
Tammy Kersey is a worker at the zoo. “We have a new baby lion here now,” the 7-year employee told me. “His name is Simba, and he’s 6 months old. Everyone also loves Chico, our lively chimpanzee. He’s in his late twenties - in fact he’ll be 28 on July 4th. He puts his shirt on by himself all the time and loves soda, especially from McDonald’s. There’s actually one family from North Carolina that brings him a bag of food from that restaurant when they visit.”
Not only will you get a discount of 10% off the admission price with your VMB card from the Caravelle Resort, but you’ll also get 10% off any purchase of $10 or more from the Waccatee Zoo Gift Shop. The zoo is only a 20 minute drive from the Caravelle. Take the 17 Bypass and make a right on Socastee Blvd. Then go down six lights, make a right on Enterprise Road, and in three miles you’ll see the huge zoo on the right hand side.