'Tiger King' Star Carole Baskin Answered Questions From Fans And Folks Did Not Hold Back

Hey all you cool cats and kittens — it’s Carole Baskin. I’m here to address all the questions you might have about me, my life, and my new docuseries on Discovery, Carole Baskin’s Cage Fight. 

Over on the subreddit r/IAmA, animal activist and Tiger King star Carole Baskin led a group discussion answering questions from the masses regarding Tiger King, Joe Exotic, her missing husband Don, and more importantly, issues regarding the safety and care of big cats. And the people asked all the big questions. Here is a small rundown of the bigger questions asked of the animal activist. 

Hi there Reddit, it’s Carole Baskin. Last year, I was thrust into the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. Now, I’m giving you a look at the real me and the dangerous work I do to protect big cats from abusers. Stream my new discovery docuseries, Carole Baskin’s Cage Fight, for an unfiltered look at how we expose the cub petting exploiters and roadside zoos we feel are mistreating animals. Watch it here.

Netflix's Tiger King 2 is now available for streaming, and you can watch Discovery+'s Carole Baskin’s Cage Fight here.   


  • What Do You Think Happened To Your Missing Husband?

    Answered by u/CaroleBaskinCat:

    Don loved to fly and was looking to buy ultralights and experimental planes. I believe Don crashed a small experimental plane or ultralight into the Gulf for a number of reasons. He wasn't licensed to fly, yet did all the time. He couldn't file a flight plan and had to take off from closed airports to evade detection. He had to fly under 200 feet to stay off the radar which means he would typically fly out over the Gulf because the air is smoother there, whereas over land there are up and down drafts that will crash you at the height.

    Since phone records indicated he was planning to go to Texas, and his van was found at a small private airstrip and we have never found Don or wreckage, I think this was the most likely scenario.

    I talk about all of this in my online diary at SaveTheCats.org

    Posted by u/5panks:

    Thank you for taking the time and not avoiding this question.

  • What's The Best And Worst Things That Have Happened To You As A Result Of 'Tiger King'?

    Answered by u/CaroleBaskinCat:

    The best thing to come of the show was that people saw how cubs are bred, ripped from their mothers, abused, and then discarded by the time they are 3 or 4 months old. Most people didn't know how common the practice was or that hundreds of cubs were born for such a cruel life.

    The worst thing to come from the show is that it weaponized every person who believed the false narrative without doing any research to know they were lied to.

  • Do You Have Any Smaller Cats At Home You Keep Or Just Wild Big Cats?

    Answered by u/CaroleBaskinCat:

    I have two feral cats at home who were unadoptable. Pearlie and Mae. They don't like to be touched, but neither do I so it's all good.

    Posted by u/DoodleBTW:

    "They dont like to be touched, but neither do I" has got to be the funniest thing I've read all day.

  • Let’s Say I Wanted To Feed Someone To A Tiger, How Should I Go About Doing That? Any Tips Or Advice For Me?

    Answered by u/CaroleBaskinCat

    We feed our tigers beef, chicken, turkey, rat and rabbits and they are purr-snickety! It's extremely difficult to get a tiger or any big cat to eat something that isn't common for them.

    Posted by u/PriorJob:

    So you know this from…experience?

  • How Is Big Cat Rescue Different From The Other Tiger Sanctuaries Featured On 'Tiger King'?

    Answered by u/CaroleBaskinCat:

    There were no real sanctuaries in Tiger King other than Big Cat Rescue.

    They were roadside zoos and there is a philosophical difference between zoos and sanctuaries. Zoos buy, breed, sell and in the TK examples did cub petting and promoted private ownership of big cats.

    Legitimate sanctuaries do not buy, breed, sell, allow contact nor take cats off site for exhibit.

  • Overall How Do You Feel About Tiger King? One The One Hand I Imagine It Damaged A Reputation But On The Other It Gave You A Huge Audience To Spread Your Message. Was It Worth It?

    Answered by u/CaroleBaskinCat:

    If everyone were saying the things about you that people are saying here, would you have considered that to have benefitted you in any way? When people watch Carole Baskin's Cage Fight on Discovery+ they will see who I really am and have always been.

    Posted by u/spaceninja_300:

    Rational people can easily see that what you’re doing is actually good for wildlife, no matter how Netflix tried to show it.

    Thank you.