New Animal Planet Special ‘Surviving Joe Exotic’ Features Never-Before-Seen Footage of the ‘Tiger King’

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Tiger King mania swept the U.S. in March, when the Netflix documentary captured the eye of hundreds of thousands of individuals out of the blue trapped at residence because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The docuseries supplied an inside have a look at the wild world of massive cat breeders. It additionally chronicled a sequence of unusual occasions tied to the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park, a roadside animal attraction run by Joseph Maldonado-Passage — higher identified to Netflix viewers as Joe Exotic. 

Now, a brand new documentary about Exotic and his zoo is ready to air on Animal Planet. Surviving Joe Exotic options never-before-seen footage of the now-imprisoned zoo proprietor in addition to revealing interviews with individuals who labored at his Oklahoma park. 

‘Surviving Joe Exotic’ airs July 25 

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Exotic is at present serving 22 years in jail for animal abuse and his function in a murder-for-hire plot that focused his rival Carole Baskin of Florida’s Big Cat Rescue. But earlier than his arrest in 2018, he sat down for one in every of his final formal interviews, letting cameras from Animal Planet’s Wolves and Warriors sequence into his G.W. Zoo. That footage has been included into Surviving Joe Exotic, which airs Saturday, July 25 at 10/9c on Animal Planet.

In a sneak peek, Exotic claims that his zoo takes in “unwanted animals” and that there’s no cash in his business. But later, he appears to disclose a distinct aspect to his unique animal obsession. 

“I’m not gonna lie, they’re my f*cking tigers,” Exotic says, maybe unaware that the digital camera are rolling. “I’m gonna sell them and it’s my money.” He additionally fires a gun at a rooster who’s annoying him throughout an interview phase. 

Hear from individuals who as soon as labored for Joe Exotic

In addition to listening to from Exotic himself, viewers will even see interviews with former G.W. Zoo staff Saff Saffery – who misplaced an arm in an on-the-job tiger-mauling incident — and Gaylynn Eastwood. Both will reveal new particulars about Exotic’s huge cat breeding business, his dealings within the unique animal commerce, and his therapy of animals. Plus, there shall be behind-the-scenes footage from Exotic’s stage present and the zoo’s interactive tour. 

Learn what occurred to a few of the Tiger King’s animals 

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Surviving Joe Exotic additionally options updates on the destiny of a few of the animals who lived on the G.W. Zoo. Viewers will examine in with Kryxis and Kadira, a pair of visually impaired tigers who had been rescued from Exotic’s zoo and ultimately had their sight restored via surgical procedure on the Exotic Feline Rescue Center in Indiana. The documentary additionally options an replace about Chobe and Kariba, two traumatized lions who now stay on the Wildcat Ridge Sanctuary in Oregon. 

Surviving Joe Exotic airs Saturday, June 25 at 10/9c on Animal Planet. 

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