KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – December 4, 2020 – Shocking yet true: There are now more tigers living in the backyards, roadside attractions, theme parks, zoos, and sanctuaries in the United States than there are in the wild globally.

In early 2020, The Netflix documentary Tiger King was viewed more than 34 million times in the first ten days of release. A new documentary from Rescue Doc Films, The Hidden Tiger – with help from Carole and Howard Baskin of Tiger King fame – shows what abusers like Joe Exotic and Doc Antle want to keep hidden:  the truth about American tigers. The Hidden Tiger focuses its attention on the approximately 10,000 tigers living in captivity here in the United States.

 Under-regulated, over-bred and often mistreated, these apex predators are born into a lifetime of captivity with a surprising and unintended consequence – their caged existence helps undermine the already difficult task of saving their wild counterparts.

The Hidden Tiger is a global exposé revealing the links between captive tigers and the wild tigers’ possible extinction. Traveling around the world, Rescue Doc Films has uncovered alarming realities:

  • In the U.S., there are an estimated 10,000 tigers being exploited and abused as entertainment for humans, yet fewer than 4,000 tigers remain in the wild.
  • In the U.S., a tiger can be legally purchased in some states for less than a purebred dog.
  • U.S. tigers are sadly a part of the nearly $8 billion black market trade in wildlife parts.
  • First responders are at risk and ill prepared to handle attacks, escapes, and abuses involving tigers here in the U.S., such as the Zanesville massacre.
  • Sanctuaries struggle to raise funds as they provide care for the once abused and neglected tigers that have fallen through the cracks of weak U.S. regulations.
  • Global efforts to save the tiger from extinction are being held back by U.S. failures and fake conservation pleas by exploiters that simply want profit rather than protection.

With the December release of The Hidden Tiger, Rescue Doc Films explores promising solutions, including the current conservation efforts being made in Asia and the ongoing push to enact responsible federal legislation in The United States. With work in India, Nepal, the UK, and across the United States, Rescue Doc Films has connected top experts in the world of tiger conservation to help give tigers a voice.

For The Hidden Tiger, Rescue Doc Films partnered with NGOs including Panthera, the International Fund for Animal Protection (IFAW), the Environmental Investigation Agency, Outreach for Animals and World Wildlife Fund (WWF), as well as Steve Winter (National Geographic), and multiple big cat sanctuaries including Carole and Howard Baskin of Big Cat Rescue.

The Hidden Tiger is scheduled for release December 26, 2020. More information can be found at