Carole Baskin will be back after Tiger King caused a sensation as she investigates her former nemesis Joe Exotic.
The 60-year-old animal rights activist will look at the treatment of rare animals at Exotic’s former zoo in her upcoming docuseries Carole Baskin’s Cage Fight, The Hollywood Reporter revealed Thursday.
According to her Discovery + network, Baskin and her husband Howard “will get their hands dirty and investigate the treatment of big cats, often coming into direct confrontation with dangerous operators.”
Back for more: Carole Baskin, 60, to play her Tiger King fame as she investigates Joe Exotic’s former zoo in her Discovery + series Carole Baskin’s Cage Fight, according to The Hollywood Reporter
Baskin became a household name after the release of the Netflix Tiger King docuseries at the start of the pandemic last year.
It details the salacious demeanor of Zookeeper Joseph Maldonado-Passage, better known as Joe Exotic, who operated the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Wildlife Park, which featured a multitude of big cats.
His reign as one of the first big cat breeders in the United States ended in 2018 when he left the zoo, and in 2019 he was convicted of multiple charges of animal abuse and two counts of attempted murder to have Baskin killed.
From now on, Baskin will work with Joe Exotic’s niece, Chealsi, who was employed at the zoo and worked near her uncle when she was younger.
The star: Baskin became a household name after appearing in Netflix’s Tiger King docuseries, which focused on the salacious life of zookeeper Joe Exotic
Dramatic: Exotic was ultimately convicted and jailed on multiple counts of animal abuse and two counts of attempted murder for hire or reward for attempting to have Baskin killed
Baskin will use Chealsi’s inner knowledge to try to find the animal remains to use as evidence of Exotic’s potential abuse.
The animal rights activist will also expand her reach beyond the GW Zoo to search for evidence of illegal zoo visits.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, an investigation into a shady roadside zoo will lead the production to a showdown with a drug dealer in Miami.
Carole, who started raising and saving cats in her late teens, but her Tiger King fame is in part due to more salacious rumors that the docuseries looked into her being involved in the disappearance of her second husband Don Lewis, who was declared legally dead in 2002.
Find the dirt: Baskin will work with Exotic Chealsi’s niece to try to find animal remains to use as evidence of Exotic’s potential abuse
Criminal behavior: She will also investigate other zoos, with a location leading her and the crew to a drug dealer in Miami
In the thick of it all: trailer shows his investigations, footage of abandoned zoo cages
Combat: There is also what appears to be a physical confrontation with a group of men
Baskin has vigorously denied any connection to his disappearance in 1997, and she criticized Tiger King for making him look like a villain.
“This is a unique opportunity for the audience to come behind the scenes with us for an unfiltered look at how we expose the small animal exploiters and roadside zoos that we believe mistreat animals,” Baskin said after the series was announced.
“This is our real job in a dangerous world, and viewers will see it comes with our people under threat, guns pointed at us and the bad guys firing at our drones.”
In the trailer, she criticizes Tiger King’s emphasis on Joe Exotic’s more extreme behavior, rather than his treatment of the animals in his zoo.
“We were told that Tiger King was a documentary about the abuse of wild animals. it turned out at best it was a reality show, ”Baskin said in the opening narration on footage from Exotic.
The clip includes brief footage of investigators walking through what appear to be abandoned zoo cages, and an outdoor confrontation with men is the scene.
There is also a quick shot of what appears to be a car crash filmed from inside the vehicle right after the confrontation, and a man is then seen with tendrils of blood dripping from his scalp.
“These people are known to be violent,” says Carole’s husband Howard Baskin.
Professional help: Baskin is seen with an investigator who helps him investigate shady roadside zoos and illegal zoo visits
Dangerous: Scene shows what appears to be a car crash, and a man is then shown with tendrils of blood oozing from a scalp injury
“Do you abuse big cats?” I’m coming for you, ”Baskin said in the closing moments of the teaser.
Viewers can expect to see “a very different side” of Baskin, Discovery + said in a statement.
“Carole Baskin’s Cage Fight reveals Carole’s story in her own words,” said Amy Introcaso-Davis, executive vice president of development and production for the network’s factual programming. “Viewers will see this larger than life personality in the fight for the life of her beloved big cat as she discovers and stops the exploitation of these animals.”
The series will debut on Discovery + on November 13.
Baskin, who recently appeared on Dancing With The Stars, will also be back in the limelight when Saturday Night Live star Kate McKinnon plays her in the Peacock Joe Exotic series, while Twin Peaks’ Kyle MacLachlan stars as husband Howard.
Fighting words: “Do you abuse big cats?” I’m coming for you, ”Baskin said in the closing moments of the teaser. Carole Baskin’s Cage Fight preview on Discovery + on November 13