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Big Cat Rescue operates an animal sanctuary in Hillsborough County, Florida, United States. The organization rescues and houses exotic cats, and rehabilitates injured or orphaned native wild cats. It was founded by Don Lewis and Carole Baskin in 1995.

Carole Baskin

Carole Baskin

Carole Baskin, born June 6, 1961, is an American big cat rights activist and CEO of Big Cat Rescue. Big Cat Rescue is a non-profit animal sanctuary based near Tampa, Florida which was in the Netflix series Tiger King (2020). Baskin drew public attention when the series was released. Baskin received abuse online due to the third episode of the series featuring the conspiracy theory that Baskin was involved in the disappearance of her second husband, Don Lewis. Baskin refuted these claims in a post on the Big Cat Rescue Website. Her catchphrase “Hey all you cool cats and kittens!” also became a meme as a result of Tiger King.