Carole Baskin just won legal control of Joe Exotic’s/Jeff Lowe’s zoo

Joe Exotic remains in prison for clumsily trying to take out a hit on his long-standing rival, Carole Baskin. If you’re one of the millions who binge-watched Tiger King, you’ll know that Joe sold his roadside zoo to Jeff Lowe before he got sent away. Well Carole Baskin just won control of that zoo in her copyright case against Joe. The Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park’s current owners and staff have to leave within 120 days. You know they’re going to and f*k shit up before they go, because that’s who those people are. Here’s that story, from CNN.

A judge ruled in favor of Baskin’s Big Cat Rescue Corporation Monday in a lawsuit against the Greater Wynnewood Development Group, LLC. The latter company once was owned by Exotic

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.

Baskin, who owns an animal sanctuary in Florida, had for years been a vocal critic of Maldonado-Passage’s animal park, a feud that escalated into a court battle.

Maldonado-Passage 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.

He 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.

In 2011, Baskin won a trademark infringement lawsuit against against Maldanado-Passage — who was ordered to pay her $1 million. In a second suit, filed in 2016, she claimed he had subsequently transferred the Oklahoma property to his mother in a bid to evade creditors. On Monday a federal judge in Oklahoma City ordered that the property be turned over to Baskin.

An attorney for Jeff Lowe, the current owner of the park, told CNN the judgment 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 Monday. “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.”

[From CNN]

Look at Jeff Lowe advertising his new zoo in this statement from his lawyer! He’s not wasting any time cashing in on this, which is in no way surprising. You also know that most of these people will participate in whatever follow-up sensationalist drivel the filmmakers create. Carole absolutely is done with them, but that doesn’t matter she served her purpose. I do think that Carole was unnecessarily targeted and that the story about her having her ex husband killed had no merit. Carole wanted Joe to play into her hands like he did so she could go after him. She’s trying to paint herself as the savior of the animals. She also profits off the big cats and off unpaid labor. All of these people are trash. (Update: a previous version of this article stated that Carole would get the animals. She will not, they will remain with Jeff Lowe, who is starting another zoo.)

Oh yeah and Joe Exotic’s husband is probably cheating on him with other random reality stars.

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  1. Enis says:

    I think Jeff Lowe comes up on top here. He keeps the animals, which are the money maker, and moves to a more profitable location next to a casino.

  2. Lotus says:

    I don’t understand anyone who watched Tiger king and supports Joe Exotic. We watched that man take newborn Cubs away from their mother to pass to humans to make money. Disgusting!

  3. Christina says:

    The order quoted here says that the animals have to be gone. She got the property, vehicles, buildings, etc. I was hoping she’d get the animals, but it looks like they will go to the other park. Sad for them.

    • Celebitchy says:

      I screwed that up I will fix it.

    • lucy2 says:

      That’s very upsetting, and even more so that anyone connected with that cretin is opening another park. These animals should be in safe, healthy sanctuaries, not used for entertainment.

  4. GR says:

    Big Cat Rescue is an accredited wildlife sanctuary, and if you look at the extensive written and video documentation they have online, they take very good care of their animals. Carole makes around $55k a year – BCR is a charity registered with the IRS so they have to disclose their financials.

  5. DiegoInSF says:

    Ugh Jeff Lowe is so disgusting, those poor women being young and pretty and not being with someone handsome you find attractive because I’d eat my shoe if they find that slimy, dirty, wannabe biker attractive!

  6. Lara says:

    Why don people keep spreading misinformation about what Carole does? She runs an accredited, non-profit wildlife sanctuary. Getting accredited as a sanctuary in America is NOT easy.

    Also her “unpaid staff” are volunteers, WHICH LITERALLY EVERY ANIMAL RESCUE UTILIZES.

    • AppleTartin says:

      I loathe to think what’s going to happen at the new “Tiger King Park” he even stole Joe’s title. He has been talking about moving to that location for years now. I don’t think they will have the funding to make it work and hope the animals are able to be placed in proper locations.

      I don’t hate on Carole Baskin but she is hypocritical she is as obsessed with keeping exotic animals as Joe was. So she calls it a rescue and operates it like a semi-zoo. If she really believed in her cause she would not keep wild animals and just work towards banning laws. She has helped stop cub breeding and creepy mall pay to pet photo sessions. I respect her for that.

  7. The Recluse says:

    And those poor animals are not being removed from that awful man’s control?!

  8. LunaSF says:

    Good for Carole. She seems to actually be helping the animals IMO and clearly knows she exploited them in the past with the dead husband and was able to grow from that. I don’t get the hate people have for her. I wish she got the animals as well, they would be better off. I hope this casino Jeff Lowe zoo fails and he gives them up.

  9. Ashley says:

    People hate Carol because she is no better. She just wraps in a prettier bow.

    If anyone should be commended I guess Tippi Hedron is the real big cat animal activist everyone should pay attention to. Stop giving the rest of the a—holes publicity they so desperately crave. It just helps them publicize and get money from people who don’t read the fine print.