Where are the Tiger King stars now?
Tiger King, Murder, Mayhem and Madness aired on Netflix on March 20, 2020 and by April Variety reported that more than 64 million households had watched it. The bizarre twist to this story of big cat exploiters being called out by me, Carole Baskin, for what I consider egregious animal abuse is that it seemed the producers failed to expose the depths of the neglect and abuse and instead decided to vilify the one person that all exotic animal abusers hate and call out by name: Carol Baskins. (yeah, they can’t get the name right either). So where are all of these exotic cat owners just a few short months later?
Where is Joe “Exotic” Schreibvogel Maldonado Passage now?
Joe Exotic is still serving out his 22 year prison sentence after being convicted of 17 violations involving wildlife trafficking and shooting five healthy tigers in the head to make boarding space available for a circus. He was also convicted on murder for hire charges in a plot to have me killed. What most people don’t know is that he’d been rallying his minions to kill me for nearly 15 years by saying I was coming to take their pets from them, including their dogs, cats and goldfish. Failing to motivate anyone to do it for free, in 2014 people started calling me to say he’d offered to pay them do to it. The last person he tried to hire was an undercover FBI agent. On 12/10/2020 the U.S. Department of Justice alerted Joe’s victims that an extra month has been added to his mandatory sentence, so it would appear he can’t follow the rules in jail any better than he could the rules of society.
Where are Jeff Lowe and Lauren Lowe now?
They have lost their license to exhibit wild animals which includes showing them in person, via television or the Internet. On 11/19/2020 the Department of Justice filed suit against Jeff and Lauren Lowe for pages and pages of alleged violations of the Endangered Species Act and USDA’s Animal Welfare Act. We know they offloaded 49 big cats to MaryLynn Haven of Tiger Haven in TN (who now has 253 exotic cats as of Nov. 2020) before moving the rest of the animals from the GW Zoo they had to turn over to me on Oct. 3, 2020. We were told that at least one liger died from an overdose administered by Lowe during the move according to the Sheriff who was on hand to insure our crew’s safety. We have heard they also sent cats to Gregg Woody. Read the DOJ’s complaint here: http://911animalabuse.com/wp-content/uploads/2020-11-19-US-vs-Lowe-complaint.pdf
On 12/30/2020 the Department of Justice filed a motion for a Temporary Restraining Order requiring that Jeff Lowe and Lauren Lowe comply with the Animal Welfare Act and give up all of the cubs under one year of age, and their mothers to legitimate sanctuaries to protect their health. The first document is the Motion and the second below is the reasoning behind the motion quoting such egregious neglect and abuse as to cause the deaths of big cats at the Tiger King Park. The brief also suggests that 50 wild cats are unaccounted for in between the time of the Lowe’s July 2020 inspection at the GW Zoo in Wynnewood, OK and the December 2020 inspection in Thackerville, OK.
12/17/2020 Lauren Lowe must pay interest on $6,852 of attorney fees and expenses PETA incurred while it enforced subpoenas requiring her to produce documents and sit for a deposition, as ordered by U.S. District Judge Patrick R. Wyrick of the U.S. District Court in Western Oklahoma. A DOJ inspection was imminent at that time as well due to concern for the health and safety of the animals.
The best thing about this lawsuit and the others faced by cub breeders is that it will finally create a legal interpretation that big cat cubs should not be separated from their mothers and should not be handed around as ego props based on it being a “take” under the Endangered Species Act and that doing so is a violation of the Animal Welfare Act. USDA has failed to enforce their laws for years, so the courts are taking charge and doing it. Whether the Big Cat Public Safety Act or the final order in this case comes first doesn’t matter much as both will definitively end the mass production of cubs for this one month window of abuse. That is well over 90% of the captive breeding of big cats who serve no conservation value due to being inbred and crossbred. Captive breeding provides a legal smokescreen for illegal poaching and sales of wild tigers and other big cats for their parts. Whichever comes first will end the era of abuse, once and for all. The only question is; Will it be in time to save the tiger in the wild?
Where is Kevin Bhagavan “doc” Antle now?
Kevin Bhagavan “doc” Antle and daughters have been indicted. Bhagavan Antle, who is known as Doc and is the owner of Myrtle Beach Safari in South Carolina, was charged with two felony counts related to wildlife trafficking and 13 additional misdemeanors, according to the Office of the Attorney General of Virginia. Tawny Antle and Tilakam Watterson, daughters of Mr. Antle, are also facing several misdemeanor charges in connection with animal cruelty and alleged violations of the Endangered Species Act. Of all of the big cat exploiters we think he’s the smartest one, but is he smart enough to figure out that continuing to charge people to pet cubs is likely to result in fines, revocation of his license to exhibit and maybe even jail time?
Meanwhile, his season should be over for the winter at Barefoot Landing in Myrtle Beach so hopefully the cub petting storefront is shuttered for the winter. Thanks to a petition by PETA the USDA is requesting that exhibitors do the following: #1. Consult with their attending veterinarians in order to protect the health and welfare of big cats. (No decent vet would approve of cub handling displays) #2. Wear extra protective equipment and practice physical distancing when possible and the biggie #3. Encourage members of the public to keep at least 6 feet away from big cats (and optimally wear a mask when in the vicinity of captive big cats). This effectively ending all cub-petting displays.
Where is Tim Stark now?
Tim Stark and Wildlife in Need has had his USDA license revoked. On 2/3/2020 the judge ruled that “Respondents willfully violated the AWA (Animal Welfare Act) on multiple occasions. As set out below, I also find that that Respondents’ business is large, the gravity of such violations was great, there is a history of previous violations, and Respondents did not act in good faith. Therefore, Respondents are ordered to cease and desist from violating the AWA and the regulations and standards issued thereunder; AWA license number 32-C-0204 is hereby revoked; Respondents are jointly and severally assessed a civil penalty of $300,000 for their violations herein; and Respondent Stark is assessed a civil penalty of $40,000 for his violations herein. His animals have been seized and dispersed to other facilities. See the order USDA vs Tim Stark Revoke License
Where is Carole Baskin now?
That’s me! I performed in three episodes of Dancing with The Stars during the month of September in 2020 and was in thousands of articles, TV interviews, radio interviews, podcasts and other media outlets discussing the reasons that big cats should not be held hostage in cages and why we need to save them in the wild before it’s too late. I launched the world’s first virtual reality game to protect big cats for free in the Oculus store for Rift S and for a small fee on all other headsets via Steam. This same game is broadly distributed by SpringboardVR to arcades everywhere and is called Carole Baskin’s Big Cat Rescue VR. I’m one of Cameo‘s most prolific earners, having created more than 2,300 greetings with 400+ fabulous reviews. I’ve done licensing deals with mask manufacturers and have my own Bobblehead and YouTooz dolls. I’m in negotiations for a TV show series on the work we do to end big cat abuse and to write my memoirs. I’m posting my diary entries daily at SaveTheCats.org
12/26/2020 Watch the premiere of Hidden Tiger starring Howard and Carole Baskin and a LOT of scientist, biologist, conservationists and people who are working to save the tiger in this beautifully presented film. Part of the proceeds benefit Big Cat Rescue when you choose to either rent or buy the film here: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/hiddentigerbcr
Watch for me on New Year’s Eve on CNN with Anderson Cooper and on Fox.
Where is Howard Baskin now?
Howard is writing his book and recently arranged the peaceful transition of the GW Zoo from Jeff and Lauren Lowe to us. The Lowes left behind two bears, three tigers and 11 wolves who were all successfully relocated to a GFAS accredited sanctuary. Howard still leads weekly calls with our coalition partners who are working to end the cub handling and phase out private possession of big cats. On Dec. 3, 2020 our federal bill, the Big Cat Public Safety Act passed 272 to 114 in the House and now we are pressing the Senate to pass it as well. We are rallying the tens of millions of supporters of our collective organizations to contact their member of Congress at BigCatAct.com to send an email asking them to vote for S2561. Howard has his own Bobblehead and YouTooz dolls as well.
How is Big Cat Rescue now?
Due to COVID-19 it’s impossible to give tours the way we did in the past, where a guide would lead a small group of 20 or fewer in a close group to explain why big cats don’t belong in cages. Thankfully, our donors have really stepped up to help cover the million dollars plus per year that came from these tours. The licensing deals Howard and I are participating in helps as well. We had to let go half of our staff and still have not been able to hire them back because their roles are diminished by the lack of guest relations and on site gift shop sales. Giving Tuesday and our Wildcat Walkabout were both in November and exceeded our expectations. We were delighted to see that about 20% of our donations came from new donors.
The cats are all doing great though because all of our animal care has always been done by our amazing volunteer force of 80-110 highly trained people who are all still coming in daily to provide care. Not having tours has enabled us to tackle so many projects around the property so things are looking better than ever before. We continue to add LIVE cameras on the cats, do LIVE broadcasts daily to Facebook and YouTube, and we produce 2-4 videos per week with one being traditional high quality movies and the other in 180 3D immersive styles for VR headsets. The unmanned AR Zoos at Citrus Park and Plantation, FL are open and kept stocked with free Big Cat Times magazines and 2021 calendars at the Citrus Park location, while they last.
Where are the rest of the exotic animal dealers and owners from Tiger King now?
Where is James Garretson now?
We have heard he’s still in the jet ski rental business and that he no longer has any exotic cats.
Where is Mario Tabraue now?
We know Mario Tabraue has recently been offloading wildcats to MaryLynn Haven of Tiger Haven in TN who is not licensed by USDA and is not accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries. As someone smart enough to apparently turn state’s evidence to reduce his 100 year sentence to 12 years, Mario Tabraue can probably see the handwriting on the wall. When the DOJ prevails in their case against Jeff Lowe it should make it clear that taking cubs from their mothers and using them in pay to play schemes is a violation of the endangered species act and / or the animal welfare act and the penalties are severe.
Where is Marc McCarthy now?
Marc McCarthy is best known to those fighting to protect big cats as someone who rents out cats for rap music videos but after Cardi B was criticized by me for even using photoshopped big cats in her videos, and got so much public backlash as a result, I have to believe that business will decline as newer generations speak out against such exploitation of these majestic wild animals. Remember Tiger King producer Eric Goode stating that it was seeing a majestic snow leopard in the back of a van on a hot day in Florida was his reason for creating this expose? Go back and watch and you will see that the person who opened the side door to his van to reveal the snow leopard was Marc McCarthy, (the logo is briefly visible) but that connection is never clearly made known in the show. Instead he was used as a voice of disparagement against me saying things about my personal life that he had no way to know.
If you know where any of the big cat pimps from Tiger King are now, let us know in the comments.