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Carole Baskin Sells Joe Exotic's Former Zoo And Animals Banned For 100 Years

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Carole Baskin Sells Joe Exotic's Former Zoo And Animals Banned For 100 Years

Carole Baskin has sold Joe Exotic's former zoo, with the stipulation that it can not be used for a zoo for 100 years.

According to a report in TMZ, Baskin - owner of Big Cat Rescue - sold the Oklahoma property with strict instruction that it cannot be a zoo for at least a century and that the new owners have no links to the Tiger King.

Court papers seen by the news outlet, show that the former zoo was sold to Francisco and Nelly Vazuqez for $140,000 (£101,707) in June.

Credit: Netflix
Credit: Netflix

As well as being barred from using the property to house exotic animals, they're also not allowed to name any business on the property after its past - meaning they can't use G.W Zoo, Joe Exotic or anything with the words 'tiger' or 'big cat'.

Speaking to TMZ, Baskin and her husband Howard confirmed it had been sold to 'property investors' who 'like to get their hands dirty, cleaning things up'.

Baskin went on to suggest the 'best use' of the property would be an 'RV park'.

The couple said that after carrying out necessary 'clean up' on the property they were left with around $100,000 (£72,648) from the sale.


Baskin was awarded control of Exotic's former zoo from Jeff Lowe in June last year - after filing a lawsuit against Shirley Schreibvogel, the mother of Exotic (real name Joseph Maldonado-Passage).

Credit: Netflix
Credit: Netflix

The ruling stated that Lowe had 120 days to vacate the land and remove all of the animals too.

It read: "It is further ordered, to effectuate the equitable relief awarded in this case, that GWDG (Greater Wynnewood Development Group): (1) shall vacate the premises of the Zoo Land within 120 days of the date of service of this Order on GWDG, which vacation of premises shall also require removal of all zoo animals from the Zoo Land."


The feud between Baskin and Exotic was featured in the hit Netflix docuseries Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness, which landed last year and made household names out of the pair.

Exotic is currently serving a 22-year prison sentence after being found guilty of attempting to hire a hitman to kill Baskin, as well as a series of violations of the Endangered Species Act, including killing five tigers.

Featured Image Credit: Netflix

Topics: TV and Film, Joe Exotic, US News, Netflix

Claire Reid
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