Carole Baskin Has Been Awarded Control Of Joe Exotic's Zoo


As you're likely aware, her tense relationship with Joe Exotic (real name Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage) was well-documented in Netflix's Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness, which captured the attention of millions of viewers.

Therefore, in a ruling made by US District Judge Scott L. Palk, Baskin has been granted control of The G.W. Exotic Animal Memorial Park to settle the agreement.

In 2016, Big Cat Rescue sued Exotic's mother Shirley Schreibvogel, claiming he had fraudulently transferred his zoo to her to avoid paying Baskin and other creditors. The current owners have 120 days to vacate Tiger King Park, including removing all zoo animals from the land.

Mr Exotic, the self-described "gay, gun-carrying redneck with a mullet", is now serving a 22-year federal prison term for killing five tigers in his care and plotting to have Ms Baskin killed, all of which is brought to light throughout the Netflix series. This brings an end (for now) to the years-long feud between Baskin and Joe Exotic, which culminated in rival lawsuits, threats, harassment, and ultimately a conviction for Joe Exotic after he hired a hitman to murder Baskin.

Ms Schreibvogel is alleged to have admitted that the transfer of ownership was fraudulent. He's serving a 22-year sentence in federal custody but there have been appeals to U.S. President Donald Trump to release the colourful impresario. Baskin was also awarded any vehicles or portable buildings on the property.

The title of the zoo land is also ordered to be transferred.

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The zoo had re-opened just last month and was renamed Tiger King Park following the craze and massive following from the Netflix documentary.

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Currently, the zoo is controlled by another Exotic antagonist: Jeff Lowe. Before he went to prison, Baskin sued Exotic for trademark infringement in 2013 after he repurposed and manipulated the Big Cat Rescue logo.

For a moment there, I forgot Netflix's Tiger King was ever a thing.

The court is giving Baskin control of the 16-acre animal park in Garvin County, Oklahoma, with its array of big cats.