Tom Dieck jr. has felt a love for big cats since he was born in Montbrison in France on 30th April 1983 . As his parents, Tom and Gillian Dieck, belong to the most experienced big cat trainers in Europe, Tom Dieck jr. grew up in a close relationship to big cats. In view of that it is no suprise that Tom decided to continue his father's work when he was only seventeen. Today Dieck jr. is one of the youngest animal trainers. The membership in the Berufsverband der Tierlehrer (association of animal trainers) is therefore a heart affair and an affair of honour.