Lila Suffered and Died—Help the Remaining Animals at Waccatee Zoo Before It’s Too Late!

Update: March 1, 2021
After receiving a letter from PETA, the decrepit Waccatee Zoo in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, has finally admitted that Lila the tiger died “months ago.” She had suffered for years at the roadside hellhole, and it had kept her death a secret. Over the past year, she progressively lost all her fur except for a small patch on her face. By December 2020, her condition had become dire. She was bald, had lost a significant amount of weight, and had poor muscle condition consistent with muscle wasting. While it’s too late for Lila, the remaining animals still have a chance to get the care that they desperately need.

Please join PETA in demanding that Waccatee surrender the remaining big cats to an accredited sanctuary immediately—before it’s too late for them, too.

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Waccatee Zoo has a history of failing to provide the animals trapped there with adequate veterinary care. Now Lila the tiger is suffering from an apparent medical condition that has left her almost completely bald. She needs to be transferred immediately to an accredited sanctuary to get the care that she desperately requires.

tiger with severe hair loss at Waccatee Zoo


Actor Minka Kelly, who portrayed one of television’s best-known “Lyla”s in the popular series Friday Night Lights, is also very concerned about Lila’s condition. She wrote a letter to Waccatee’s owners urging them to release Lila to PETA so that she can be transferred to an accredited sanctuary. Minka has a big heart for tigers and has also spoken out against the cruel cub-petting industry and urged fans to visit only real, accredited animal sanctuaries.

Tigers are remarkable animals. In nature, they travel in an efficient and purposeful manner, likely using a mental map of their territory. They can cross rivers 5 miles wide in a matter of minutes and can spend hours submerged up to their neck in water on a hot day. All Lila is able to do is pace in her cramped, barren enclosure.

Other animals at Waccatee are left to languish inside virtually barren enclosures with little or no stimulation. Lila, baboon Lil Trix, and other animals have been seen pacing, swaying, and rolling their heads—all signs of psychological distress likely caused by their bleak living conditions.

Speak up today by urging Waccatee to retire these animals to reputable facilities. Please call 843-650-8500 during business hours (10 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET) and mail a short, polite letter to the owner at the following address:

Kathleen Futrell
Waccatee Zoological Farm
8500 Enterprise Rd.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29588

Note: The facility representative may tell you that if PETA provided them with a list of reputable sanctuaries, they would release the animals. But we’ve already provided them with a list and offered to help facilitate the transfer of the animals. Sanctuaries have even contacted Waccatee directly, yet it has ignored these gestures.

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