- Tiger King star Carole Baskin is alive and well today. She still runs Big Cat Rescue.
- However, her animal venue is currently closed, due to concerns over COVID-19.
- Carole is "grateful" that Joe Exotic is in prison, but mainly wants to move on with her life.
Netflix's latest docuseries Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness just dropped on Friday, and true crime fans are understandably obsessed with the (literally) wild tale. In case youre not familiar with it, the six-part doc tells the true story of Joe Exotic , an eccentric private zookeeper in Oklahoma who was convicted of trying to hire a hitman to murder one of his rivals, Carole Baskin.
Luckily, Carole, a self-proclaimed animal rights activist who runs Big Cat Rescue in Tampa and alleged that Joe abused his exotic animals, ended up okay. She even gave the makers of Tiger King a tour of her house, which is loaded with more cat dcor than you ever thought possible. "I live, eat, and breathe ending the captivity of cats," she says in Tiger King.
But where is Carole Baskin now and whats she up to these days? Heres everything you need to know.
Caroles really, really happy that Joe Exotic is in jail now.
She wrote on her website, BigCatRescue.org , that shes "grateful" that "justice was served" when Joe was sentenced to 22 years in prison.
Caroles still working on activism for big cats.
She still owns Big Cat Rescue and is working hard to "provide the best home we can for the cats in our care, end abuse of big cats in captivity, and prevent extinction of big cats in the wild," according to her website .
However, her venue is currently closed to the public through the end of April, due to concerns over COVID-19.
Carole keeps posting about her animals on Instagram.
Her sanctuary may be closed, but that hasnt stopped Carole from sharing pics of her big cats on social mediaand the captions are everything. Just check out a few posts for yourself:
Carole's net worth is reportedly in the millions.
Raising big cats isn't cheap, but apparently, Carole can afford it. Some estimates of her net worth say Carole may be worth up to $10 million. (As in shown in Tiger King, Carole inherited a large sum of money after her second husband, Don Lewis, disappeared in 1997. He was declared legally dead five years later.)
Now, Carole just wants life to go back to normal.
The Tiger King star has made it pretty clear on her website that she wants to move forward. "While media attention regarding this trial has primarily focused on the murder for hire charges, there is a much larger significance to the wildlife charges," Carole wrote, noting that Joe Exotic and others have been involved in the illegal sale of tigers and other animals.
"I hope that the detailed evidence of these illegal transfers developed for this trial will lead to more prosecutions to protect captive big cats in this country from this illegal trade," she added.