“To be clear, Tiger King was not a documentary. This was reality TV, true crime.”
–PBS Blog: The Truth About “Tiger King” And Cats in Captivity
I enjoyed the Tiger King as a passive watching of a bizarre true crime series that is entrenched in the current zeitgeist. But there’s resources out there that focuses on the horrors these animals face. These depressing truths are glossed over in the show and are likely not evident to the average viewer.
Some examples of where to learn more about these captive animals:
Huffington Post: Here’s What Wild Animal Experts Want You To Know About ‘Tiger King’
Carolina Tiger Rescue (a true big cat sanctuary): What Tiger Cub Petting Is
So enjoy Tiger King for the wild true crime ride that it is, but also know that it doesn’t tell the whole story of these animals.