Carole Baskin Plans to Investigate Joe Exotic’s Former Zoo in New Documentary

by Lauren Boisvert
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Carole Baskin is coming for Joe Exotic once again in a new documentary, Carole Baskin’s Cage Fight. The Discovery+ series aims to investigate small zoos and private owners for animal abuse and mistreatment of big cats. Baskin is filming with her husband, Howard, and their team at Big Cat Rescue of Tampa, Fla.

The series premieres on Nov. 13, four days before Tiger King 2 premieres on Netflix. A deliberate move? Most likely; Baskin and Joe Exotic have notorious beef with each other, as anyone who’s seen Tiger King can attest to. In January 2020, a judge sentenced Joe Exotic to 22 years in prison for plotting to hire someone to murder Baskin. Before that, he thwarted her efforts to investigate his Oklahoma zoo for animal abuse. He also threatened and harassed her for years.

After the judge sentenced Joe Exotic to prison, a judge awarded Carole Baskin the G.W. Zoo; now she can investigate the property as much as she likes. The show will feature Baskin, her husband, team members from Big Cat Rescue, and retired homicide detective Griff Garrison, as well as Joe Exotic’s niece Chealsi.

Carole Baskin wants viewers to know that the show is real, dangerous, and crucial to the lives of big cats everywhere.

“This is a unique opportunity for audiences to come behind the scenes with us for an unfiltered look at how we expose the cub-petting exploiters and roadside zoos we feel are mistreating animals,” said Baskin, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “This is our real-life work within a dangerous world, and viewers will see it comes with our people being threatened, guns pointed at us and the bad guys shooting at our drones.”

Carole Baskin Pushes Back Against ‘Tiger King 2’

Carole Baskin won’t be fooled again; when the trailer dropped for the new Tiger King sequel, Baskin blasted Netflix and its producers and directors.

Rebecca Chaiklin, Tiger King director, allegedly called Baskin to get her on Tiger King 2. She wanted to “clear the air” after the allegations of the first series. Baskin had a succinct reply for that: “I told her to lose my number.” Baskin continued, “There is no explanation for such a betrayal and false portrayal.”

When Tiger King first came out, Baskin and her husband, Howard, were against it as well. They claimed the documentary focused on the wrong things; that it glossed over the actual suffering the animals go through in roadside zoos and private ownership. Howard Baskin told the Tampa Bay Times, “There’s almost no way to describe the intensity of the feeling of betrayal.”

“The point [of the documentary] is these cubs are being abused and exploited,” Carole Baskin added, speaking of cub-petting operations where zoo owners bring out tiger and other big cat cubs for pictures and handling by guests. “The public is enabling that.”

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