Tiger King’s Carole Baskin has jumped aboard the meme coin train. Three days ago, the founder and CEO of Florida’s Big Cat Rescue announced the launch of the unfortunately named $CAT via the park’s website. Baskin also tweeted that she was “purring like a bobcat rolling in catnip” at the thought of providing punters with their own “digital purr-ency”.
This is just the next project in a long line of entrepreneurial ventures for Baskin. So far, she’s launched a line of leopard print face masks, appeared on Dancing with the Stars and sold videos of herself via Cameo. The latest notch in the big cat lover’s belt, $CAT will allow holders to attend live walkabouts and conversations with her, discounts, and VIP access to new merch.
In the next two weeks, Baskin is also planning to get in on NFTs. These could include virtual visits with the animals in the Big Cat Rescue park, augmented reality zoos and even Big Cat Rescue VR – so that people can collect their favourite exotic cats without actually holding them hostage.
According to the park’s site, Baskin said she is “investigating cryptocurrencies, because I am concerned about the volume of US dollars that are being printed and distributed with nothing to back them up”.
She adds that the idea of putting the power of money into the hands of the people, rather than banks and governments, appeals to her. Saving big cats and thinking about the greater good! Joe Exotic must be fuming.
$CAT can be purchased for $5 on Rally.io, a website that allows people to launch their own digital currency