Carole Baskin Wins Joe Exotic's Former Zoo in Huge Court Decision

Mahlik Campbell

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Carole Baskin has been granted ownership of the 16-acre zoo once owned by her archrival, Joe Exotic aka the "Tiger King." 😳

Though it may feel like the Tiger King phenomenon occurred eons ago, the Netflix docuseries only premiered in late March as people across the country settled into quarantine.

Now, Baskin and her Big Cat Rescue are set to take control of Exotic's former G.W. Exotic Animal Park in Wynnewood, Oklahoma, recently renamed Tiger King Park, after proving that he fraudulently transferred the rights to the zoo to his mother, Shirley Schreibvogel, in 2011.


Exotic, whose real name is Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage, made this move in an attempt to dodge creditors who would be hungry for his assets if he were to lose his well-known legal battles against Big Cat Rescue.

This decision comes as part of a larger trademark infringement lawsuit accusing the 57-year-old of using logos and images that looked similar to Big Cat Rescue's, as shown in the Netflix series. In 2013, he was ordered to pay nearly $1 million in damages.

Image via Big Cat Rescue

Big Cat Rescue initially sued Schreibvogel in 2016, alleging that she "later admitted under oath that the zoo land was transferred to her by Joe Maldonado to remove it from the reach of creditors, including BCR, should BCR win its Florida lawsuit,” according to court docs.

In addition to the rural plot of land, Big Cat Rescue was also awarded several cars and cabins on the property. Current zoo operator Jeff Lowe, who was also prominently featured in the docuseries, has been given 120 days to vacate the premises and remove all zoo animals – tigers included.

That's right, Lowe, the sexual deviant who lures women into orgies by giving them access to baby exotic cats, will be the one responsible for forking over the keys to the recently re-opened Tiger King Park.

Image via WFTS Tampa Bay

In a statement given to TMZ, Lowe and his ultra-understanding wife, Lauren, said they were "thankful" that the ruling judge stretched the case over several years, giving them "time to complete the new Tiger King Park in Thackerville Oklahoma, behind the World’s largest casino."

They also claimed that Baskin "spent approximately $2.5 million chasing her $1 million judgment," which would mean she lost roughly a million and a half dollars to prove a point.

Of course, Lowe couldn't resist taking a shot at Baskin and the highly public allegations that she played a part in covering up the 1997 disappearance of her ex-husband, Don Lewis. "The possibility of human remains being buried on this land should make her feel right at home," he said.


Mr. Exotic would probably agree with this point from his jail cell, where he's serving a 22-year sentence for attempting to place a hit on Baskin, falsifying animal records and violating the Endangered Species Act.