Indictments against Dr. Antle and Myrtle Beach Safari
Exotic animal owner was featured in Tiger King documentaries
MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina (WDEF) – An animal trainer, a big cat conservationist and TV/movie animal wrangler now faces some federal indictments. But he may be best know for his association with the Tiger King documentaries.
Bhagavan Mahamayavi Antle or Doc Antle operates the Myrtle Beach Safari and T.I.G.E.R.S. (The Institute for Greatly Endangered and Rare Species).
A grand jury in Florence, SC has indicted him and four others on charges of money laundering and wildlife tracking.
Antle is the owner of the 50 acre wildlife tropical preserve in downtown Myrtle Beach.
Also charged in the indictments were Andrew Jon Sawyer and Meredith Bybee who work for Antle.
Along with Charles Sammut, owner of Vision Quest Ranch which kept exotic species, and Jason Clay, owner of Franklin Drive Thru Safari.
The indictments accuse them of illegally trafficking lemurs, cheetahs, and a chimpanzee.
The indictment also says Antle and Sawyer laundered half a million dollars that they thought came from moving illegal workers across the Mexican border and then using the money to buy animals off the books.
Antle, who is from California, provided animals for several movies like Ace Ventura, Dr. Doolittle and Mighty Joe Young.
He also appeared on several talks shows with his cats and held a boa constrictor for Britney Spears in a video.
But Antle has long been a target of federal investigations into questionable dealings for and about exotic animals.