Animals

How To Be Alligator-Safe in South Carolina

By K. Rackley

alligator in water

If you ever come across a pond or lake along the coast of South Carolina, it is wise to assume that somewhere in the murky water, or hidden along a sunny bank, an alligator lies watching. 

Alligators are extremely common along the coast of the Southeast, and they don’t always confine themselves to standing water; they can venture out into creeks, rivers, even out onto the beach.  In fact, you can find alligators in almost any body of water along the state’s Coastal Plane.

Bee City, USA

Bee City

Located between Summerville and Walterboro, Bee City is a honeybee farm and petting zoo. Bee City's focus is to educate the public on the imprtance of honeybees. The petting zoo is a main attraction with animals from monkeys and lemurs to wallabies and llamas.

Behind the Scenes with the Sea Turtles of the South Carolina Aquarium

By T. Safdi

Sea Turtle

South Carolina's 187 miles of coast is enjoyed by millions year round and Kelly Thorvalson of the South Carolina Aquarium is here to protect it. Thorvalson has one of the most unique jobs in the world...to nurse sick and injured sea turtles back to health. The Sea Turtle Hospital at the South Carolina Aquarium is a Southeast one-of-a-kind operation. The staff often works nights, weekends, holidays and they are always on-call in case of a turtle stranding.

War Dog Memorial Dedicated in Columbia

By K. Geer

War Dogs

A seven-foot bronze statue now stands in Memorial Park in the city of Columbia honoring the war dogs that have fought throughout the decades. The statue is in the form of a Vietnam dog handler and a German Shepherd, to pay tribute to the 4,000 dogs that served in the war. Johnny Mayo spearheaded the private and donation-funded monument through his efforts to bring awareness to these often forgotten four-legged soldiers.