Antoine Yates, aka “Tigerman” raised a five hundred pound Bengal Tiger named Ming and an eight foot alligator named AL, in his Harlem New York City apartment. As a child, Antoine grew up fatherless on the mean streets of Harlem, with sixty brothers and sisters. Antoine raised over three-hundred and fifty different species of animals, ranging from reptiles, alligators, primates, wolverines…to lions, tigers and bears. His story gained national attention which quickly became a media frenzy! The President of the United States even commented on the story!
Celebrity attorney Johnnie Cockran, sought interest in the case and the battle in the courtroom unfolded. Antoine was charged for reckless endangerment and was incarcerated, at one of America’s most dangerous prisons systems, Riker’s Island. After being released one year later and having lost his family and friends, Antoine was left to face life challenges alone.