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New 'Tiger King' Documentary 'Surviving Joe Exotic' Is Coming

New 'Tiger King' Documentary 'Surviving Joe Exotic' Is Coming

By this point, we could all recite the Tiger King saga from beginning to end, giving every detail about Joe Exotic, Doc Antle, Jeff Lowe and Carole Baskin's lives in the process.

But how much would you have to say about the the animals in Joseph Maldonado-Passage's care?

Animal Planet is producing a brand new documentary named Surviving Joe Exotic, in which their tragic and heartbreaking story is now being told.

Check out the trailer below:

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The new documentary will showcase the animals who lived at Joe's Florida zoo, and those who managed to find safe havens afterwards.

It also includes one of Exotic's final interviews before he was arrested - previously filmed for Animal Planet's documentary, Wolves and Warriors back in 2018.

Joe Exotic's animals will take centre stage (Credit: Netflix)
Joe Exotic's animals will take centre stage (Credit: Netflix)
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In the doc, Joe seems as big a character as ever, telling producers: "I don't want to look old," as the cameras capture him.

He also contradicts himself on many occasions, declaring that his zoo is "definitely not one of those things that you do to make money," before later being caught off camera, shouting: "I'm gonna sell [the tigers] and it's my money."

Right, then. Sounds like the same old Joe.

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Former staffers from the zoo, including Saff Saffrey, who famously lost his arm filming the Netflix doc, will be interviewed, too.

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The doc will also shine light on the animals that got out (Credit: Animal Planet)
The doc will also shine light on the animals that got out (Credit: Animal Planet)

But it's visually impaired tigers Kryxis and Kadira who are starrs of the show, as we follow their journey to better lives after leaving Joe's zoo, and even see them have their vision surgically restored at the Exotic Feline Rescue Center in Indiana.

Joe's lions, Chobe and Kariba, are also showcased as they're relocated to the Wildcat Ridge Sanctuary in Oregon, and we watch them get over the trauma of all the inbreeding they endured.

The documentary is executive produced by Gretchen Palek, Shawn Witt, Dave Luce, Karen Kunkel Young, and Keith Hoffman, with Sarah Russell serves as supervising producer.

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Joe Exotic is serving 17 animal cruelty charges (Credit: Netflix)
Joe Exotic is serving 17 animal cruelty charges (Credit: Netflix)

While we got caught up debating whether or not Carole Baskin killed her husband, and if we were 'Team Joe' or 'Team Carole,' the truth is the animals were always a huge part of the story.

As well as serving two counts of murder for hire, Joe is also doing time behind bars after being convicted of 17 charges of cruelty to animals.

We can't wait to properly meet the brave creatures at the heart of the Tiger King story.

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Surviving Joe Exotic airs on Animal Planet on July 25th.

Featured Image Credit: Animal Planet

Topics: Joe Exotic, TV News

Joanna Freedman

Joanna is a journalist at Tyla with a particular interest in highlighting women's issues and telling inspiring first person stories. She's also their resident foodie, and loves covering exciting new beauty launches, too. Contact her at [email protected]