The U.S. Justice Department stated on Monday that the owner of an exotic wildlife preserve, who rose to fame on the hit Netflix series "Tiger King," has entered a guilty plea to charges of animal trafficking and money laundering.
A young chimpanzee, tigers, cheetahs, and lion cubs that were all protected as endangered animals were all sold or bought under the supervision of Bhagavan "Doc" Antle.
per a statement from the Justice Department. According to officials, the 63-year-old man who starred in the tiger trade drama documentary,
"The defendant presented himself as a conservationist, but he broke laws safeguarding endangered species on multiple occasions and then attempted to hide those infractions,"
In a statement, Assistant Attorney General Todd Kim of the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the Justice Department said.