Hi. I’m a Former Professional Tiger Trainer - Ask Me Anything
Since Tiger King is such a cultural phenomena I thought it might be interesting to see if anyone has any questions about that particular profession from a less sensationalistic viewpoint.
Over the last few years I’ve run an off-leash dog walking company in California, so I’m currently mostly removed from exotic animal training.
From 2005-2007 I attended the Exotic Animal Training and Management program at Moorpark College. That particular school is one of a kind, and graduates work everywhere from zoos, aquariums, hollywood, guide dogs for the blind, etc.
I worked at a Six Flags theme park doing an (IAAPA) award winning free contact tiger show from 2007-2010. The park discontinued our show and retired our cats to their safari park at the end of 2010.
I don’t know any of the players in the Netflix doc personally, but have known about Carole Baskin and ‘Doc’ Antle for years.
I almost posted this last week and then saw someone who was on that show posted and figured it wasn't a good time. Questions about working with tigers, exotic animals, in a theme park, etc will be most up my alley, but if you want to ask me about the goings on on Tiger King, please give me specifics as I am not well versed on it.
And here is a video showing off the variety of experiences at that spectacular job (from MC'ing the show to training athletic and husbandry behaviors, to interaction with some happy big cats).