The court gave Baskin’s Big Cat Rescue Corporation control of Exotic’s 16-acre animal park in Garvin County, Oklahoma on Monday.
The Greater Wynnewood Development Group, once owned by Exotic, is required to vacate the premises, remove all zoo animals and hand over several vehicles. The zoo is currently under the leadership of Jeff Lowe – who also featured in the Netflix documentary.
Get Netflix and on demand news and recommendations direct to your inbox
Sign up to receive our newsletter!
Thanks for signing up!
Already have an account with us? Sign in to manage your newsletter preferences
The judge ruled in Baskin’s favour after hearing that Exotic – real name Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage – had fraudulently transferred his zoo, which is reported to hold over 200 big cats in Oklahoma, into his mother’s name to avoid Baskin claiming it as a result of a 2013 lawsuit.
Florida-based Baskin and Exotic’s long-running feud was documented in the Netflix series, which concluded with the latter’s imprisonment for a murder-for-hire plot against Baskin. He is currently serving a 22-year sentence for the plot and animal abuse crimes.
In 2013, a court ordered Exotic to pay Baskin $1 million in damages after she sued him for trademark infringement. The lawsuit led to his bankruptcy and was documented in Tiger King.
In March, Netflix released the eight-part series on rivalries between privately-owned exotic zoos in North America, which quickly became a hit. Due to the success of the first series, the creators are reportedly working on a Tiger King follow-up episode.
Several scripted projects based on Joe Exotic and Carole Baskin are in the works, including a series starring Nicholas Cage and a drama featuring Kate McKinnon as the leopard print-clad Baskin.