Tiger King’s Carole Baskin is now the owner of Joe Exotic’s zoo
Star of Netflix’s global sensation Tiger King, Carole Baskin has been handed control of her arch-nemesis Joe Exotic’s former zoo.
Baskin, in her words, is a ‘conservationist’ who owns the Big Cat Rescue facility in Hillsborough County, Florida. Now, after a bitter feud, has been granted the keys to Exotic’s former Wynnewood Oklahoma premises by courts after Exotic failed to pay her $1m in copyright and trademark suits.
Exotic, aka Joseph Maldonado-Passage, is currently serving time in prison having been found guilty of 17 counts of animal abuse and a murder-for-hire plot against Baskin, and sentenced to 22 years.
Prior to the court’s ruling, the zoo was under the ownership of Jeff Lowe and Maldonado-Passage’s mother, Shirley Schreibvogel. Baskin sued following the change in ownership and claimed that the zoo had been fraudulently transferred to the pair to avoid it being seized by Maldonado-Passage’s creditors which included her after she sued Maldonado-Passage for trademark and copyright infringement for use of her company’s logo and images.
According to court documents, Lowe now has 120 days to vacate the premises, which he had renamed Tiger King Park following the success of the Netflix show and he has been instructed to remove all animals.
Meanwhile, Nicolas Cage is set to star as Exotic in an eight-episode series is being produced by Imagine Television Studios and CBS Television Studios. It will be taken to market in the coming days. It is based on the Texas Monthly article “Joe Exotic: A Dark Journey Into the World of a Man Gone Wild,” by Leif Reigstad.