Tiger King star Carole Baskin is back in the news. The animal rights activist who rose to fame on the Netflix series has announced the release of a new documentary called The Conservation Game. The film delves into the secret world of the big cat trade, a cause important to Baskin. Read on to learn more about the documentary and where to watch it.
Carole Baskin’s ‘The Conservation Game’ is free to watch
Baskin’s crusade of ending big cat abuse continues with The Conservation Game. Teaming with film director Michael Webber, the documentary exposes celebrity conservationists and their role in the big cat trade. Baskin shared her enthusiasm for the film and its impact in a press release.
“For the first time, these self-proclaimed conservationists will be exposed for who they really are. By using my platform to bring The Conservation Game to the American public, we have the potential to create much-needed change that could save thousands of innocent cubs from a life of exploitation.”
The film is already receiving critical acclaim and won the Social Justice Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. The Conservation Game is currently streaming for free on Baskin’s Big Cat Rescue YouTube channel.
She gained notoriety on ‘Tiger King’
Baskin became a household name thanks to Tiger King‘s release in March 2020. The Netflix documentary follows the feud between Baskin and Oklahoma zookeeper Joe Exotic. Their feud became so heated that Joe was arrested in 2018 for hiring two men to kill Baskin. Currently, he’s serving a 22-year prison sentence.
Aside from her feud with Joe, the show also delved into the mysterious disappearance of Baskin’s second husband, Don Lewis. Lewis went missing in August 1997, and various theories have emerged about his disappearance. One of the biggest theories is that Baskin killed Lewis and fed him to her tigers, a claim she’s denied.
Baskin has been critical about her portrayal in the Netflix series. She says that the directors lied to her about the purpose of the documentary. In a November 221 interview with The Sun, Baskin talked about the negative effects of Tiger King. “The lies that were magnified in the series and proliferated in the media frenzy resulted in death threats and an unimaginable onslaught from abuse to me, my family, co rescuers, and Big Cat Rescue.”
Carole Baskin sued Netflix over ‘Tiger King 2’
After the negativity of the first season of Tiger King, Baskin didn’t want anything else to do with the series. However, that didn’t stop Netflix from using footage of Baskin for Season 2. Netflix’s use of her image led Baskin to file a lawsuit against the streaming service in November 2021. However, a month later, she dropped the case.
Baskin is moving on from the fallout of Tiger King, although it’s hard for the activist. While Baskin remains in fear of Joe, her love of rescuing big cats grows stronger. Fans can see Baskin’s hard work and dedication to the cats in The Conservation Game.