Carole Baskin wins control of

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Carole Baskin wins control of Joe Exotic’s former zoo

Tiger King star Carole Baskin has been given control of her rival Joe Exotic’s former zoo in Oklahoma in the United States.

Carole Baskin wins control of

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Carole Baskin, whose long-standing feud with Joe Exotic was recently detailed in the hit Netflix docuseries Tiger King, has been awarded the zoo once owned by Exotic.

‘A feud that escalated…’

CNN reports that an Oklahoma judge ruled in favour of Baskin’s Big Cat Rescue Corporation in its lawsuit against the Greater Wynnewood Development Group, LLC, (Gwdc). The latter company once was owned by Exotic, whose real name is Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage. The order gives Baskin control of about 16 acres of land in Garvin County, Oklahoma, that is home to an animal park with an array of big cats. Gwdc must “vacate the Zoo Land premises within 120 days of service of this order…vacation of premises shall also require removal of all zoo animals from the Zoo Land,” the court order said. The judgment also awarded several cabins and vehicles to Baskin, according to court records.

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Tiger King Joe Exotic was reported to have over 200 big cats at his zoo in Oklahoma. Baskin, who owns an animal sanctuary in Florida, has been a vocal critic of Maldonado-Passage’s animal park, a feud that escalated into a court battle. Exotic argued that Baskin was trying to destroy his business with an online smear campaign in videos she posted to her YouTube page and social media channels. Meanwhile, Baskin argued that Exotic was abusing his animals and crusaded against his use of tigers for profit. Exotic was convicted last year in a murder for hire plot against Baskin and is serving a 22-year sentence for the hit attempt and other crimes that include animal abuse.

Court documents allege he tried to pay a hitman to kill Baskin and also that he shot and killed five tigers, sold baby lemurs and falsified paperwork to say they were donated. An attorney for Jeff Lowe, the current owner of Exotic’s park, told CNN the judgment handed down was not unexpected. “We anticipated Carol Baskin getting the title to the former park that once belonged to Joe Exotic, and we did not challenge her attempts to do so,” Mosley said. “All of Jeff’s focus is on opening the new Tiger King Park in Thackerville, (Oklahoma), which should be opening in the next 120 days.”


The documentary, whose full title is Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness, is a true-crime series which revolves around Joe Exotic, who collected and kept big cats such as lions and tigers.

The 53-year-old was one of the prime targets for Baskin, whose organisation, Big Cat Rescue, was attempting to end private ownership of such animals. During the course of the show, Exotic is seen making death threats towards Baskin. The mutual hatred between the two culminates in Exotic hiring a contract killer to deal with his rival, which resulted in his January 2020 conviction.

The Netflix hit first aired on 20 March, and has received rave reviews.