Joe Exotic’s former animal playground will be a zoo no more.
Big Cat Rescue was awarded control over the animal park in Wynnewood by a judge in 2020, part of the settlement in her long-standing trademark lawsuit against Exotic, whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage.
‘Tiger King’ star Carole Baskin has sold Joe Exotic’s Oklahoma zoo properties. Part of the deal prohibits the land from being used as a zoo for at least 100 years. (Frank Ockenfels /ABC via Getty Images)
Baskin registered the trademark for Big Cat Rescue in 2005. Exotic used the similar name Big Cat Rescue Entertainment and allegedly boasted on social media that he purposely used the name to “ruin” Baskin and her non-profit company.
Joe Exotic’s Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Par was purchased for $140,000 in June by Francisco and Nelly Vazquez, according to the TMZ report.
The last remaining animals at the zoo, which once housed as many as 1,400 big cats, were turned over to the Justice Department earlier this month.
Last year, Exotic was sentenced 22 years in a federal lockup following his conviction on charges he hatched a murder-for-hire plot to rub out Baskin.
He is currently battling cancer behind bars.