Bhagavan Antle, popularly known as Doc Antle or Kevin Antle is an American exotic animal trainer, author, and conservationist, who was born on 25 March 1960.
Doc Antle is primarily known for his work with the elephants, great apes, and big cats’ disabilities. Besides, being a conservationist he is the founder and director of a 50-acre wildlife preserve in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina namely, The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species, also known as T.I.G.E.R.S.
Antle also owns the safari tour in Myrtle Beach which gives the tour of the preserve, and also the executive director of the conservative preserve called Rare Species Fund.
Throughout his life, Antle has faced many criticisms for his treatment of an animal by the animal rights activists and the public.
Antle has ties with the film industries as well. He was on stage with Britney Spears, during her performance of ‘I’m a Slave for U’ at the MTV Video Music Awards which featured a tiger, and an albino python spread over Britney’s shoulders in the year 2001. He has worked as an animal expert in the movies including Dr. Dolittle, and Ace Ventura. Antle has provided his animals for various movies including The War, the Jungle Book, Mighty Joe Young, Ace Ventura, and The Jungle Book 2004. He has also been the part of the documentaries based on big cats, the names are as follows Nat Geo’s Wild “Super Cats”, Nature’s “Jaguar: Year of the Cat”, and PBS’s “Big Cats”.
Recently, Antle was one of the featured people in Netflix’s 2020 television documentary titled ‘Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness’.
Besides being an animal lover, Antle has faced some controversies. He has more than 30 USDA violations for mistreating animals. Joe Exotic, a former zoo operator accused him of killing tigers to make more spaces for breeding. It was also in the news that the USDA has been investigating Antle for selling the big cats illegally.
Well, it’s not really known about Antle’s net value. It is estimated that his net worth is around $10 million. The revenue park and his work in the Hollywood production house have raked in for him. The tour and the funding are enough for Antle and big cats to live their lives. It’s not that he is extremely rich, but he is not really poor also.