Tiger King’s Doc Antle Indicted on Wildlife Trafficking Charges

Bhagavan “Doc” Antle is one of the many characters in Netflix’s “Tiger King” and has been indicted on wildlife trafficking charges. Months after the show’s premiere, the real villain was arrested.

Doc Antle on Tiger King
Tiger King’s Doc Antle Indicted on Wildlife Trafficking Charges

Doc Antle on Tiger King

Antle’s private zoo in South Carolina called Myrtle Beach Safari was featured in Tiger King, and he was disappointed in his portrayal in the documentary.

Antle told CNN that he’d spent his entire professional life promoting the welfare and conservation of big cats and other species, had deep regard and feelings for the animals in his care, and would never hurt or abuse them in any way.

Investigation & Chargers

An investigation led by Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring found its way to South Carolina in December 2019. A search warrant was executed at Antle’s property and along with Doc, two of his daughters, Tawny and Tilakam, were charged with misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals and violating the Endangered Species Act.

Doc Antle's daughters pictured next to tigers
Tiger King’s Doc Antle Indicted on Wildlife Trafficking Charges

Neither of Doc Antle’s daughters has an attorney. Their father also mentioned that they would never hurt or abuse animals in any way and they look forward to clearing their names.

“The show Tiger King made a number of false statements about my personal life that I just let slide off my back.”

Antle believes that animal rights activists have a huge influence on the elected officials, and this is what brought attention to the State of Virginia, pressing such charges, attacking his treatment of animals, and attempting to slander his reputation.

Keith Wilson’s Wild Animal Park in Virginia
Tiger King’s Doc Antle Indicted on Wildlife Trafficking Charges

Before Myrtle Beach Safari, the investigation led by General Mark Herring hit Keith Wilson’s Wild Animal Park in Virginia, seizing 119 animals, including tigers, bears, lions, goats, camels, a water buffalo, and more species. The law unit is still investigating the relationship between Keith Wilson and Tiger King’s star Antle relationship as they initially found that both men trafficked lion cubs between South Carolina and Virginia.