Joe Exotic’s former animal playground will no longer be a zoo.
Exotic’s enemy Carole Baskin of Big Cat Rescue has sold the Oklahoma property and one of the provisions is that the land cannot be used as a zoo for 100 years, TMZ reported on Saturday.
Big Cat Rescue was taken over by a judge in Wynnewood Wildlife Park in 2020, as part of a settlement of his long-running lawsuit against Exotic, whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage.
The lawsuit was filed in 2011, long before “Tiger King” became the # 1 show on Netflix and propelled Exotic and Baskin to scary stardom.
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Baskin registered the Big Cat Rescue trademark in 2005. Exotic used the similar name Big Cat Rescue Entertainment and reportedly bragged on social media that they had deliberately used the name to “ruin” Baskin and his nonprofit business.
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Joe Exotic’s Greater Wynnewood Exotic Wildlife Park was purchased for $ 140,000 in June by Francisco and Nelly Vazquez, according to the TMZ report.
The last remaining animals from the zoo, which once housed up to 1,400 big cats, were turned over to the Justice Department earlier this month.
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Last year, Exotic was sentenced to 22 years in federal prison following his conviction for instigating a murder for pay plot to erase Baskin.
He is currently fighting cancer behind bars.
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