Carole Baskin Wiki, Age, Husband, Biography, Family, Story & More

Carole Baskin

Carole Baskin (born 6 June 1961) is a famous American zoo owner. She is the CEO of the zoo named “Big Cat Rescue”. The lady is quite popular in the USA because of her love for tigers and clashes with the other zoo owner named Joe Exotic.

Both of them kept fighting with each other verbally till 2019 after which Joe got punished with 22 years in prison as he tried to hire a hitman to kill Baskin, who (hitman) turned out to be a secret FBI agent.

In the year 2020, a new series got released on Netflix on 20th March named “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness”. This documentary will try to put light on the events that happened between Joe and Carole Baskin.


Childhood, Parents, Siblings & Education

The famous lady entrepreneur Carole Baskin came to the world on 6th June in the year 1961 (age 58 years old, as in 2019). Her father’s name is Vernon Charles Stairs and her mother is Mary Barbara Jean Norris Stairs. She belongs to a very poor family and is the only child of her parents.

During her childhood, she told her parents that she does not want to attend as it is causing the financial suffering but her parents told her not to worry about it. One day she ran away from home and started living on her own. She found herself a job and started living in a rental apartment.


Some Hidden Facts about Carole Baskin

Real Full Birth NameCarole Baskin.
Age (As of 2019)58 years old.
Date of Birth (DOB), BirthdayJune 6, 1961.
Birthplace/HometownSan Antonio, USA.
Ethnicity Caucasian.
Sexuality (Gay or Lesbian)Straight.
Sun Sign (Zodiac Birth Sign)Gemini.
House LocationTampa, Florida.
Physical Statistics
Height (Tall)Centimeters: 162 cm.
Feet & Inches: 5'4".

WeightPounds: 123 lbs.
Kilograms: 56 Kg.
Eye ColorBlue.
Shoe Size (UK)8.
Hair ColorBlonde.
ParentsFather: Vernon Charles Stairs.
Mother: Mary Barbara Jean Norris Stairs.
Personal Life Relationship
Marital StatusMarried (Widow).
HusbandDonald Lewis.
Social media N/A.
Highest QualificationSchool dropout.
School Local high school.
Net worth (As in 2020)$7-20 million.


Personal Life, Husband & Children

There was a man named Jack Donald Lewis, who was a self-made millionaire. He was an animal lover and he divorced his first wife to marry Carole. There was an age gap of 22 years between them.

Carole Baskin was only 20 whereas Donald was 42 years old at that time. Both of them married in the year 1991 and started living together in Tampa, Florida, USA.

Carole Baskin with husband Jack Donald Lewis
Carole Baskin with husband Jack Donald Lewis

Once the news came that Jack Donald is lost, it was Baskin who reported about her missing husband. Police failed to find Donald and he declared to be dead. On the other hand, people blamed that she is the one who killed him.

Joe Exotic, her rival even made a video song in which he showcased a woman killing her husband, in order to tease Baskin. Being the wife she received all the assets of Donald.


Carole Baskin, Hitman & Joe Exotic

Everybody in America knows about the rivalry between Baskin and Joe. It started when Carole raised questions and blamed him that he is doing illegal activities involving animals. She blamed that he sells crossbred tiger and lion cubs to the underground buyers. She also accused him of killing tigers.

Both of them never left any chance to put fire in each other’s hut. Once Joe hired a person and paid him $3000 to kill Carole Baskin. The person turns out to be a secret FBI agent who then arrested him.

Tiger King - Joe Exotic in 2019
Tiger King – Joe Exotic in 2019.

After this G.W. zoo got inspected and skulls of 2 tigers found. In Trial court punished Joe Exact with a prison life of 22 years. Joe even wrote a letter in which he apologized for his mistake. At present, Tiger King is behind the bars in the county jail.



After marrying Donald she started a zoo named “Big Cat Rescue in Tampa which is open for public from 9 AM to 6 PM. The zoo has thousands of animals which include cheetah, caracal, puma, lions, and tigers.

Carole Baskin is the CEO and founder of the park and her net worth is estimated to be $ 7-20 million as in 2020. The zoo even has an Instagram page named “bigcatrescue” which is followed by 126k people worldwide.

After her husband’s death, the whole property transferred to her. Donald’s ex-wife and children filed a petition against her and against the transfer of the property to her.



  • Once her husband reported that she wants to kill him and that she also hid his handgun.
  • Carole Baskin was only 15 when she left her home.
  • She spent nights under the cars and without food after leaving her house at 15.
  • She has also created a website for her zoo.
  • Some people blame her that she also does unethical activities relating to animals.
  • During the trial, she told the judge that Joe gave her death threats a lot of times on the telephone.
  • When police were trying to find missing Donald then they found his car in an airport parking lot.



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