Tiger Play in South Africa with John ‘Tigerman’ Wagenaar

Tiger Play in South Africa with John ‘Tigerman’ Wagenaar

John: I’ve been working with cats since I was 9 years old. I started working with domestic
cats. When I was 18 I moved over to working with lions and then 5 years ago, I started
working with the world’s biggest cats, which are Siberian tigers. The best thing about working with a big cat is that is just to go inside with them and
have the relationship that I’ve got with them. It’s like having a child. The biggest asset that I have is a lot of other people were training the cats and I
didn’t agree with hitting them with sticks and using weapons like they use in circuses,
so I wanted to find a way of training these animals where you don’t have to that type
of stuff. I’ve named my training method ‘love training’ instead of fear-based training. Now with love
training, you don’t hit them with a stick or a weapon like that, you use milk. The first time they meet you, you put a bottle of milk in their mouth, so if you carry on
doing that, you’re reminding them everyday of who you are in their lives. No matter how
big they are When Hellen was small, when she was growing up, I used to put hair gel in my hair and
go into her quarters where I used to feed her, so she accosted the milk, the hair gel
with mum, who I was, right? So now what you see is the tiger lying on top of me, licking
my hair, but what it is actually is she’s grooming her mum.

Randy Schultz

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100 thoughts on “Tiger Play in South Africa with John ‘Tigerman’ Wagenaar

  1. tom toney says:

    so this guy uses the tiger to comb his hair everyday?

  2. Matt says:

    This is fucking scary man

  3. steve mcquen says:

    Tigers are amazing! Both pets like when drinking milk like cats and wild and ferocious when killing lions

    Dream on dush, just keep on dreaming it…

  4. shaun kilmer says:

    Just so u know tigers don't live in Africa

  5. Sindiminion Tay says:

    WOW I would love to work with big cats it's my dream I love all animals and get upset when I see people hurt them I love the zoo and spend about 2 hours at each cat cage hope your tigers do well and you to 🙂

  6. rvmvadati says:

    What if they stop making that specific hair gel?

  7. Katie Pound says:

    Smart dude

  8. burnit_01 says:

    Hopefully this guy lets them free in the wild. 

  9. A Dubble says:

    One day those tigers will decide u look pretty tasty and no matter how much u know them they can turn on you

  10. Archus88 says:

    Man these cats are big!!

  11. Boitu Matu says:

    When i see this i ONLY see a person living his life to his own limit,not on how to live his limit.

  12. Jax Nean says:

    As always with big cat taming, I just hope nothing will go wrong

  13. nebula live says:

    every single animal in this world are created the same way, that shows me that their creator (cause) is only one and that's why god has sent down messengers to tell us that there is only one god "la ilaha ila allah mohamad rasul allah"

  14. Ashubel Sam says:

    They might never eat meat , saw that he feed him with bottle of milk instead of meat ?

  15. buya shaka says:

    in dem alter fütter er sie noch mit milchflaschen wtf 

  16. Meralys Perez says:

    lucky i want a tiger i love tigers so much i would do anything for a tiger

  17. vincentAD says:

    What a DICK HEAD!!!

  18. MegaTriumph1 says:

    Just big kitty cats. Great interesting video. I would not ever get that close. So these videos are a lot of fun on getting close to the Tiger without being harmed.

  19. Katherine Uribe says:

    Love training…beautiful. That's what Kevin Richardson does; but like children whom one loves, they need discipline. Not harsh beatings, but reminders that certain behavior is not acceptable.

  20. Christoffer Engevik says:

    Wow what a groundbreaking method he has come up with. Positive reinforcement was never a commonly used method before he "came up" with it right.

  21. Ifeanyi Ilogbaka says:

    geez wat re they feeding d cats wit.dey fuckin huge n cute as well.

  22. 4everdating.com John Caruso says:

    Jaguars of the Americas have the strongest bite per square inch than any other cat Not to be confused with a lepoard. Jaguars are shorter but weight just as much as a female lion and about 75 lbs more than your average lepard. They have bigger jaws than lepoards.lower more agile body.Strongest bite per square inch than any other mamial.They can climb well but unlike lepoards they love the water.Also come in all black better known as Panthers.

  23. Barun Sau says:

    Barun kumar

  24. Fano Gano says:


  25. 5100yes says:

    Very fascinating!

  26. Gallygoy says:

    So cuuuteee

  27. syi tiger907 says:

    Contact Bancroft tv to license this copyright

  28. FIFA MOBILE Zahin says:

    Who else clean their screen while the man was talking

  29. MasterC2121 says:

    This man is surprisingly ignorant for a big cat expert. The world's largest cat is the Liger (male Lion x female Tiger).

  30. Mitchie Jai says:


  31. Freddy Krueger says:

    only one problem with this "tiger mom" theorytigers are solitary and territorial in the wild

  32. schlontz84 says:

    most awesome animal there is…..I fucking LOVE tigers

  33. ARAEL 22899 says:

    están muy grandes para tomar mamadera no lo creen

  34. Kesia Uepa says:

    First kevin richardson now dis dude man i freaking love lion & tigers so much they are cute💗🐯🐅🐆

  35. Tim Lau says:

    look at 00:45, i wonder how tall this man is.

  36. Katherine Hans Von Rotes schild Zitler says:

    Tigers are the most powerful cats in the world.

  37. Maleiha Smith says:

    1:00 im not the only one who kept touching their screen cuz they thought there was dirt on it right

  38. Mick Obrien says:

    It's only a matter of time before his shredded remains are found in the tiger cage. This always happens. These animals don't 'love' you, they don't 'respect' you. They're not your pal. This guy is an emotionally bankrupt moron projecting human emotions on an animal. He's mentally ill.

  39. EdgarAlanPooh says:

    What's with the subliminal advert for copyright to this footage? 0:33 seconds in.

  40. Laaroussi Hassan says:


  41. why why says:

    Lions and Tigers are my favorite animals in the world:)

  42. Meanwhile In Science says:

    don't let your kitties anywhere near to kings of animals ))

  43. Amberly love says:

    Is the milk cold or warm?

  44. lightning9 says:

    Those tigers r freakin massive. Perfect eg. of beauty & beast rolled into 1.

  45. Mukrem Mustafoski says:

    you creyzy

  46. bunty sharma says:

    how old are these two tigers? both male?

  47. S123 Square says:

    cat *100 times

  48. kasturi yahya says:

    to lion and tiger fans. these both animal living and hunt in different habitats. King for different territory.

  49. Siward Beorn says:

    You can judge mans intelligence! with his empathy for animals! John your a good ou! shala kahle boetman!
    may u an yours be safe always bru!
    peace love an light BOETA

  50. Texting stories Texting stories says:


  51. maryam taghizadeh says:

    its both lion and tiger

  52. vijayanand victory says:

    most powerful guy

  53. shaik NOORULLA says:

    tiger's are able to get anything

  54. Green Synchronize says:


  55. Donkey Kong says:

    Lol at the person with a chain to hold the tiger, if the tiger wants to go, there's nothing they could do to hold em back

  56. Samar amar says:

    Is this the Siberian tiger?

  57. curiosity saved the cat says:

    Great philosophy; love training instead of fear based training. Cats (whatever size) are mother nature in her purest form. The only approach that is sustainable, is love. I envy this guy so much it hurts.

  58. Ezwins o says:

    Tried wiping that black spot off of my screen

  59. MK James says:

    They are pussycats just bigger in size. You cannot make a lion suck milk like a baby like these grownup Tigers are doing here. There is a reason why a lion is called king of the jungle.

  60. Waranle says:

    tigers could survive in Africa

  61. Harry Topper says:

    During "Tiger vs Lion" debate, fans only use 'fandom' and not the 'wisdom'. So, here is how you should draw the conclusion about which Big Cat is stronger. Directly comparing both the majestic beasts would not yield any result. We have to do it like Crime Scene Investigation. You know, the investigators not only look for the clues directly from the crime spot but also elsewhere. Many times, the clue lies far away from the crime scene; similarly, we have to look into the enemies/competitors of both the big cats to exactly know how much courage & power these cats have. Also, this will be one-on-one case study. In this way, it will give us the precise result of how tiger and lion deal with their enemy. So, lets begin-

    Enemies/Competitors of Lion:

    1. Jackal~ It's too small and weak to be a threat for a lion. Lions can very easily deal with it.
    2. Cheetah~ It's also too fragile and small to take on lion. No problem for a lion to deal with it.
    3. Leopard~ It's an apex predator but in comparison to lion, it is small and weak. No threat for the lion.
    4. Wild-Dog~ A large pack might be able to instil little bit fear into juvenile males and inexperienced lioness but, we are talking here one-on-one; hence, a single wild dog is no match for any lion. It's an easy prey for the lion. So, no problem for the lion here too.
    5. Hyena~ Ok, so a pack of hyena is capable of confronting sub-adult males and lionesses. Sometimes, they even dare to harass the adult male lion but, one-on-one, hyena stands no chance. So, lion can easily handle a single hyena.
    6. Lion~ Now here, lion against lion. They have similar strength, weakness, weapons, stamina and fighting style.

    There is no other similar sized or bigger predator where lion is found; hence, we can see that lion's biggest enemy is another lion. NOTE: I have deliberately left out crocodile. They are neither enemy nor competitor. They are opportunist reptiles which are capable of killing anything in water. Even on land, they can't be easily subdued leave alone killing it (it is obvious that we are talking about the adult crocs).

    Enemies/Competitors of Tiger:

    1. Jackal~ It's too small and weak to be a threat for a tiger. Tigers can very easily deal with it.
    2. Cheetah~ No cheetah is found where tiger lives. So, no competition.
    3. Leopard~ It's a powerful predator but, in comparison to tiger, it is small and weak. Tiger actively kills leopard. So, not a threat for the tiger.
    4. Wolf~ In some places, tiger and wolf co-exist. However, those wolves are not as big as the grey wolf but still, it's a wolf. A large pack of wolf might be able to instil fear into the heart of tiger but one-on-one, wolf stands no chance against a tiger. So, no problem for the tiger here too.
    5. Dhole~ Alright, so we all have read/heard how a large pack of 20 dholes (wild dog) attacked a tiger and mauled it to death but, in the process, lost 12 of their own members! We still don't know how a solitary tiger deals with a large pack of dholes but, we sure know that a single dhole pose no threat for a tiger. So, easy win for the tiger here.
    6. Tiger~ A tiger against a tiger. They have similar strength, weakness, weapons, stamina and fighting style.
    7. Bear~ Now this one is serious. Bear is not only similar sized but even, bigger than tiger with immense power in their muscles & bones. They also have much better energy, higher stamina, powerful jaws & claws and the ability to very well balance themself on the hind leg while in the standing position. And, unlike tiger, they don't have to worry about the wounds because they are omnivorous so, they can easily survive on veg diet. Bear is also blessed with dense fur/hair and thick hide (skin). They are also protected with lots of fat. Bear also has much better front paw/hand mobility than the tiger and, top of that, bear has bad temperament. So, to deal with such a blessed enemy, tiger has to be a lot stronger. They should be able to stand and well-balance themself on their hind legs while fighting with bear; must have big & powerful paws to swipe/slap/slash deep wounds on bear; must have immensely powerful jaws to hold & subdue the bear; must have long canines to cut through the dense hair/fur .. then sink into thick hide .. then cut the veins/muscles and then, break the powerful bones. Also, tiger has to be brave & intelligent to confront such a powerful foe.

    Thus, we can see that the tiger's biggest enemy is not another tiger but, a bear which is, one-on-one, not only equally but greatly matched. And even after so much of extra power in the bear, they become the menu of tiger. Ok, tigers are not always the winner; they too get defeated but, moral of the story is- Tiger is built to take on huge bear. Holding the bear with its big & thick neck is not as easy as holding the hyena from its neck. And remember, bear is also a good tree climber; so, there is no escape route for tiger if something goes wrong. So, tiger has to have enough physical & psychological power to face such a formidable enemy.

    I hope that finally I am able to put the rest on the debate about who is stronger between Tiger and Lion. It's ….. Tiger.

  62. Mitri Mitri says:

    Why are there Tigers in South Africa

  63. I. Bendigas says:


  64. King22Rules88Hearts says:

    His compassion is greater than the size of these both Tigers

  65. Aziz Blooper says:

    Lol who was though it was " John Cena"?

  66. Milos Radovanovic says:

    0:44 wth dude even if this guy is like 5 foot 10 these cats are still tall af 😁

  67. Mr Devs says:

    I think, pitbull can hit tiger easy

  68. - LuckyAce - says:

    Tricking and trains are 2 different things.And you are only reminding them of one thing, you are giving them food and milk.It's like how there are signs that day don't feed wild animals.They'll be attracted to yoh

  69. Bayu Aldrich says:

    It looks fun , i wish i had the ability to play with a tiger

  70. Simion Florin Bogdan says:


  71. Lost Uniriser says:

    Sweet kitties ♡

  72. Adesoji Alu says:

    The day the tiger would turn him into a meal? I would be crying

  73. mbuh beber says:

    yam buh ya

  74. sumit kumar singh says:

    Bengal tiger not Siberian

  75. Satyagajen Rajenthiran says:

    they look so small @0:44

  76. Satyagajen Rajenthiran says:

    are these bengal or siberian?

  77. suman Shrestha says:

    i thought that black dot was a dirt on the screen and tryied to clean it😂😂😂😂

  78. Rugged Techie says:

    another thing in a cage……

  79. Mustafa Balaban says:


  80. הוنᄀバコᄂᄃɸฅจـهـ母表จาøนحöܠʢܢחق한국어י says:

    You put hedgehog in your hair???

  81. ghost viki says:

    lovly bengal tiger

  82. Becca Hepple says:

    these shows really do show you lions and tigers can be trusting and kind to human its amazing how do cuddles them and unbelievable how he supports them everyday he's one lucky man I adore tigers and love lions they are so mischievous and playful just how long has he had these beautiful creatures absolutely mind blows me guys

  83. Frank Major says:

    Smol tiger,big siberian tiger 300 kg!

  84. Peggy peggy says:

    Tokoss je kifff les tigres

  85. rishabh singh says:


  86. Riez says:

    Ahh, tigers my Favorite Animal. They're so Iconic to me💯🐯.

  87. MM 655321 says:

    Big beautiful kitty cats.

  88. 1000 subscribers no videos says:

    Did any of u understand what he said?

  89. Douglas Gilman says:

    Wow and they are big, geez.

  90. Sweet Tender says:

    nature didn't create big cats to be trained by humans, so regardless how you train them is unnatural, they must be free in their natural enviroment, is like if a day an alien specie will come on planet earth and start enclose and train human being, love or not is not what we are born for.

  91. Bell AH-1 Supercobra says:

    I'm guessing that's goats' milk?

  92. Reggie Givens says:

    Damn they huge

  93. 陳君越 says:


  94. shaik NOORULLA says:


  95. Faisal Rahman says:

    This man is living the dream 🙂 well done Sir.

  96. Amar Gaikwad says:

    I love tiger..

  97. 1277479 says:

    there are no news about the tigers canyon in south Africa … why ??

  98. Saud Suleman says:

    i am tiger fan but seriusly bro we should not compare these too big cats these debate is unbeatable both have different, abilities, strenght,beauty roar,, diffferent their own area, thier own territory, their different life styles and also their own diferent rules we should not compare them both are amazing and beautiful cats if you want a quote and sign of tiger and lion both are little bit different in their sign (tiger) sign and name represents willpower, loyalty, courage,mightiness, energy, generosity, boldness and vitality. and (lion) sign and name represents courage , domination majesty, nobility, pride and strenght etc in the last i say both are amazing cats today tiger are less in number around the world plzz plzz save their generation otherwise they are going to extints.

  99. mary walton says:

    Farewell dear lad 4 never shall we see you again. Remember that song from jaws

  100. NAHEED FAZAL says:

    Salute sir, you are all doing a great job

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