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Joe Exotic's Former Zoo Manager Claims The 'Tiger King' Series Was 'Spot On'

By Clark Sparky

"Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness" on Netflix was the breakout show of the coronavirus quarantine in March and April, but while viewers have gone crazy for it, some of the show's subjects have been critical of the way it depicted them. The former manager of Joe Exotic's zoo, John Reinke, told that despite what some may say, the series was totally accurate.

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"Netflix got it spot on. Everyone says, 'It isn’t me, it isn’t me,'" Reinke said. "Bullcrap! They got everyone spot on.

"When I see It on film, no wonder everyone thinks it can't be real. But it’s real! I lived it," he continued.

"And then you got people who try to analyze everything and turn it around back around. There was no animal abuse. Those animals were being taken care of — I made sure of it," he claimed. "There's no way they could be turned loose. The wild doesn’t exist anymore."

He also believes that Exotic never would've actually gone through with having Carole Baskin murdered, although that is part of why he's serving a 22-year prison sentence.

"Joe would have never went that far," he said. "I truly believe that. He doesn’t need to be in [prison] for 22 years. I feel like he’s already been in there too long."


Both Baskin and Myrtle Beach Safari owner Doc Antle have been highly critical of the docuseries.

"We are very disappointed that our facility was mentioned in the new Netflix series. We can only assume it is because Doc Antle has been such a high profile wildlife personality for so many decades that his association would create more buzz," Antle wrote in an Instagram post.

He added: "It is important to understand that this series is not a documentary; it’s sensationalized entertainment with paid participants. Tiger King is the bizarre story of Joe and Carole and their feud.

"These characters are not representative of experts in the wildlife sector or world class facilities like ours here in Myrtle Beach. Myrtle Beach Safari has been recognized by the state of South Carolina as one of the pre-eminent wildlife facilities in the United States. We’ve also received international accolades for the critical role we provide with our qualified, captive breeding programs and our global conservation efforts of threatened and endangered species."

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Antle also lays out the guidelines his facility follows to make sure they are doing everything above-board:

"Myrtle Beach Safari adheres to all USDA guidelines, and our animals are treated with the utmost care. We have never had a USDA violation and work collaboratively with various state and federal wildlife agencies to ensure our animals receive the very best life each and every day.

"All cubs are cared for cradle to grave the wild accusation that we would ever euthanize a cub is manufactured sensationalism. It’s a complete fabrication that A tiger looses [sic] its value at a certain age they all have a place. It’s Also illegal, immoral, and unjust."

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