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New Book, "I Saw a Tiger," by Jack A. Warren Uncovers the Insane True Story Behind Life on the Tiger King’s Zoo

Unique, behind-the-scenes look at the experience of living and working at the private zoo where Joe Exotic bred his tigers.


NEW YORK—May 21, 2020— Jack A. Warren, a member of the camera crew on "Tiger King”, Joe Exotic’s web show, announced today his upcoming book, I Saw a Tiger, which recounts the inside story of the ill-fated show and its star. The book shares previously unknown information about Exotic. It offers a unique, behind-the-scenes look at the experience of living and working at the private zoo where Joe Exotic bred his tigers.
Exotic, whose real name is Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage, is the
subject of the controversial Netflix series “Tiger King”, which deals
with Exotic’s arrest and conviction of federal murder-for-hire charges.

“There’s been a lot of interest in Joe Exotic and his story, but there’s a lot more to it than what’s been shown, despite all the media attention,” explained Warren. “There are a lot of compelling, if troubled people in the story. They inhabit a chaotic and shady world in the zoo. Then, there are the animals themselves. My book opens up all these subjects to give the reader a unique, insider’s perspective on the entire situation.”

“I Saw a Tiger” is set at Exotic’s private zoo in Wynnewood, Oklahoma. It features the character of Alex, the newest recruit for the infamous Tiger King. Alex soon finds out that life behind the scenes is not so easy. He’s roped into rebuilding the egotistical zookeeper’s live reality show, an experience that placed his life into turmoil. As he struggles to balance his work and personal life, Alex is faced with the task of maintaining the show, fulfilling the demands of his boss, and building relationships with the convicted felons that now surround him.

The book’s chilling true story showcases the hectic and unscrupulous
dealings behind the Tiger King and his zoo. It unveils the mystery
behind the exotic animal trade and sheds light on a tale that many would prefer to be kept hidden. The narrative is populated by thieves, con-artists, drug lords, murderers, trafficking and quite a few crackheads. The book digs into Alex’s dilemma as he is faced with the seemingly impossible task of staying sane while stuck on the Tiger King’s show.

“I Saw a Tiger” offers readers insights and backstory about the life of Joe Exotic. As revealed in the Netflix series, Exotic is engaged in a bitter feud with Carole Baskin, who runs Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, Florida. He even accuses Baskin herself of murder in the series. It’s a complex, multi-layered story. After an escalating series of threats, harassment and legal moves, Exotic was convicted of hiring a hit man to murder Baskin. The series has garnered a great deal of interest from the public as it combines a sensational true story with a serious look at the treatment of endangered animals in private zoos.

I Saw a Tiger will be available to purchase June 15, 2020. Readers can head to for more information on where they can pick up a copy.

Contact Info
Jack A. Warren
111 N Lee St, Altus, OK 73521

Phone: 8506303092