Carole Baskin Biography

Carole Baskin is an impactful American lady who is a big-cat (Panthera genus which includes Tiger, Lion, Jaguar, Leopard, and Snow Leopard) rights activist and CEO of Big Cat Rescue, a non-profit animal sanctuary based near Tampa, Florida. She became an online sensation due to reasons which were not exactly right as she became the subject of internet memes and people became suspicious of her with regard to the sudden disappearance of Don Lewis, her second husband.

Early Life

Carole Baskin belongs to Bexar County, Texas, U.S. She was born on 6th June 1961 and it was clear from her earlier childhood that she wanted to do something for the cats and save them from the very tender age of 9 but she decided against veterinary medicine after she came to know about ‘Animal euthanasia’. Carole was a drop out of high school itself and she kept traveling places back and forth along with her pet cat.

Carole Baskin Career

She worked at a departmental store at the age of 17 and also bred show cats to make money. She joined Don Lewis i.e. her 2nd husband in his real estate business. They also founded the ‘Wildlife on Easy Street’, an animal sanctuary for the big cats in 1992. She is the current chief executive officer of the sanctuary, which she renamed Big Cat Rescue sometime after Lewis’s sudden disappearance in 1997.

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She hosts podcasts on social media platforms like Facebook and YouTube namely “The Cat Chat” to promote activism against private zoos. People describe her as an animal rights activist. Carole drew instant attention from the public once the Netflix documentary series Tiger King, she featured in, released in 2020. The series is about Oklahoma-based private zoo operator Joe Exotic. It follows both Baskin and Joe Exotic, displaying their ongoing and escalating feuds over exotic animals in private zoos. In 2020, Baskin was cast in season 29 of ‘Dancing with the Stars.

Carole Baskin Biography

Real Name Carole Baskin
Birth Date  June 6, 1961
Age (as of 2021) 59 Years
Birth Place Bexar County, Texas, U.S.
Nationality American
Profession Animal Sanctuary Executive, Animal Rights Activist
Religion Christianity
Sun sign Gemini

Physical Statistics

Height in feet inches – 5’ 4” – in Centimetres – 162 cm 
Weight in Kilograms – 56 kg  –  in Pounds –  123 lbs
Body Measurements 34-30-36
Bra (Breast) Size 34A
Waist Size 30
Hip Size 36
Shoe Size 7 (U.S.)
Hair Color Blonde
Eye Color Blue
Body Type Average


Father Vernon Charles Stairs
Mother Mary Barbara Jean Norris Stairs
Sister Not Known
Brother Not Known


School Not Known
College Not Known

Carole Baskin Relationship Status

Marital Status Married
Affair No
Husband Howard Baskin
Is she a lesbian? No
Children One (Jamie Veronica Murdock)
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Personal Life

She married Michael Murdock at a very young age and became pregnant soon after. She said that she did not ever love him but only married him because her parents were disappointed with the couple’s live-in relationship. Baskin claims that it was an attack from Murdock which made her meet Don Lewis. Carole and Don Lewis engaged in an affair while both were still married. Both divorced their partners in 1991 and married each other. Both of them didn’t particularly gel well later on. Don Lewis wanted a divorce but Baskin gave the request no importance.

Carole even claimed that Don Lewis was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and this happened months before he vanished. The mysterious case of Don Lewis and his sudden disappearance remains to be a mystery even in 2020. Some conspiracy theories even state that she fed her husband to a tiger. Nothing is proven to date though. Then, she met Howard Baskin in 2002. He joined Big Cat Rescue soon after as chairman of the advisory board. He proposed to her in 2003 and they got married in 2004.

Carole Baskin Net Worth

Along with the money she makes as the CEO of the Big Cat Rescue, Carole also inherited a huge sum of cash from her husband, Don Lewis, who went missing in 1997. It is estimated that she has a net worth of around $ 3 million.

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  • Through her company, Big Cat Rescue, Baskin has lobbied Congress to ban the private trade and ownership of exotic cats.
  • The only donation she made to a Democrat in the last three years was to Cory Booker’s 2020 presidential campaign.
  • She once owned a bed and breakfast where customers slept with big cats.
  • Her facility was cited for quite a few violations back in 1998.
  • She wrote a blog on her website entitled “Refuting Netflix Tiger King” refuting negative claims about her.

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