Carole Baskin awarded her the zoo that was once owned by ‘Tiger King’ Joe Exotic

Carole Baskin awarded her the zoo that was once owned by 'Tiger King' Joe Exotic

An Oklahoma judge ruled in favor of Baskin’s Big Cat Rescue Corporation on Monday in its lawsuit against Greater Wynnewood Development Group, LLC, (GWDC). The last company was owned by Exotic, whose real name is Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage.

The order gives Baskin control of approximately 16 acres of land in Garvin County, Oklahoma, which houses an animal park with a wide variety of big cats.

GWDC must “vacate Zoo Land facilities within 120 days of service of this Order … Vacations from the facility will also require removal of all animals from Zoo Land Zoo,” the court order said.

The ruling also awarded Baskin several cabins and vehicles, according to court records.

Baskin, the owner of an animal sanctuary in Florida, has been a vocal critic of the Maldonado-Passage Animal Park for years, a dispute that turned into a court battle.

Exotic argued that Baskin was trying to destroy his business with an online smear campaign in videos that he posted on his YouTube page and social media channels. Meanwhile, Baskin argued that Exotic was abusing their animals and crossed against his use of tigers for profit.
Exotic was convicted last year in a murder for rent plot against Baskin and it’s serving a 22-year sentence for the attempted coup and other crimes that include animal abuse.
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Court documents allege that he attempted to pay a hitman $ 3,000 to kill Baskin and also that he shot and killed five tigers, sold baby lemurs, and falsified documents to say they were donated.

An attorney for Jeff Lowe, the current owner of the Exotic park, told CNN that the ruling issued today was not unexpected.

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“We anticipate Carol Baskin would obtain the title of the former park that once belonged to Joe Exotic, and we do not question her attempts to do so,” Mosley said Monday. “Jeff’s entire focus is on opening the new Tiger King Park in Thackerville, (Oklahoma), which should open in the next 120 days.”

CNN has reached out to Baskin to comment on the ruling, but has yet to receive a response.

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Alfred Lee covers public and private tech markets from New York. He was previously a Knight-Bagehot Fellow in Economics and Business Journalism at Columbia University, and prior to that was a reporter at the Los Angeles Business Journal. He has received a Journalist of the Year award from the L.A. Press Club and an investigative reporting award from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.

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