Tiger King star Doc Antle and his two daughters have been charged with animal cruelty.

Doc's Myrtle Beach Safari zoo, which featured in the Tiger King, was investigated by the US' Attorney General animal law unit.

He has now been has been charged with one felony count of wildlife trafficking.

Doc is also charged with one felony count of conspiracy to wildlife traffic and four misdemeanor counts of conspiracy to violate the Endangered Species Act.

The zoo owner was also indicted with nine misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty.

It is alleged Antle and Keith Wilson, owner of Wilson’s Wild Animal Park, trafficked lions from Virginia and South Carolina.

Doc's daughter Tawny has been charged with one misdemeanor count of cruelty to animals and one misdemeanor count of violating the Endangered Species Act.

While Doc's other daughter Tilakum Watterson has been charged with two misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals.

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She has also been accused and two misdemeanor counts of violating the Endangered Species Act.

Wilson has been charged with one felony count of wildlife trafficking, one felony count of conspiracy to wildlife traffic and 17 misdemeanor charges.

Doc Antle recently filmed a new docuseries Tiger Kingdom: More Than A King, where he told he was doing conservation work.

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He said: “There are two sides of why we have done this project… Tiger King has been interfering with our capacity to do our international conservation work by changing people’s views on saving tigers."

In April Doc told how he is ­sleeping with an AK-47 assault rifle after receiving 50 death threats a day from animal rights activists.

Tiger King zoo boss Joe Exotic was jailed after ­trying to have animal rights ­activist Carole Baskin killed.

And Doc told how he thought other animal rights activists are behind the threats on his life.

He said: “My life is threatened every day, one to 50 times. People say they want to kill me, they are going to kill me, they’re going to get me.

Joe is currently serving 22 years in prison for his involvement in a murder-for-hire plot and wildlife charges.

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