There is a new queen in town.
Joe Exotic’s zoo, which was the main set for Netflix’s breakout docuseries Tiger King, has been awarded to Carole Baskin by a judge. The decision comes after years of legal fighting between the two parties.
According to CNN, the judge ruled in favor Baskin’s Big Cat Rescue Corporation in a lawsuit against the Greater Wynnewood Development Group, LLC, which was once owned by Exotic. She now controls 16 acres of land in Garvin County, Oklahoma, which houses the park, and several cabins and vehicles.
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. It is not clear what will happen to the animals once they are removed.
The legal battle between the two has been going on for over nine years. In 2011, Baskin won a trademark infringement lawsuit against Exotic, which ordered him to pay her $1 million. A second suit she filed in 2016 alleged that Exotic had transferred the Oklahoma property to his mother in an effort to evade creditors. The most recent ruling from the judge came this past Monday.
Exotic was also convicted of a murder for hire plot against Baskin and is currently serving a 22-year sentence for his hit attempt and animal cruelty crimes.
The Netflix series chronicles the rivalry between Exotic and Baskin. Baskin has been a vocal critic of Exotic, arguing that he is cruel to his animals and only seeks to profit off of them. Exotic contends that Baskin was trying to destroy his business for personal reasons.
“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,” Walter Mosley, the lawyer for current park owner Jeff Lowe, 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.”
Tiger King‘s popularity has exploded since it first premiered on Netflix to 34 million viewers. Multiple scripted series based on the documentary have been ordered, including one starring Nicolas Cage as Exotic and another starring Kate McKinnon as Baskin. While these series have no networks or streaming services attached, Investigation Discovery has placed an order for Investigating the Strange World of Joe Exotic, which will explore the case of Baskin’s missing husband, Don Lewis.
Netflix is also developing another Tiger King project based on the infamous Siegfried & Roy 2003 tiger attack, which left Roy Horn permanently injured and led to the closing of Siegfried & Roy at the Mirage Resort and Casino. The streamer is looking to produce it as a follow-up episode to the successful docuseries.
All episodes of Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness are currently streaming on Netflix.
A judge awarded Carole Baskin Joe Exotic's former zoo, which was one of the main sets for Netflix's Tiger King.