Joe Exotic

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Joe Exotic
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Joe Exotic's 2018 mugshot
Joseph Allen Schreibvogel

(1963-03-05) March 5, 1963 (age 58)
Garden City, Kansas, U.S.
Other names
  • Joseph Allen Maldonado
  • Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage
  • Joe Exotic
  • The Tiger King
  • Aarron Alex
  • Cody Ryan[1]
Height1.8 m (5 ft 11 in)
Travis Maldonado
(m. 2015; died 2017)

Dillon Passage
(m. 2017; seperation 2021)
Partner(s)Brian Rhyne (1986–2001)
JC Hartpence (2002–2003)
John Finlay (2003–2014)
Criminal statusIncarcerated at Federal Medical Center, Fort Worth
Criminal chargeMurder for hire, animal abuse
Penalty22 years
Date apprehended
September 7, 2018

Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage (né Schreibvogel; born March 5, 1963), popularly known as Joe Exotic, is an American incarcerated criminal and former zoo operator. He was born in Garden City, Kansas.

Exotic owned and ran the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park in Oklahoma. He is known as a tiger breeder. He twice unsuccessfully ran for public office first for President of the United States in 2016 as an independent and then for Governor of Oklahoma in 2018 as a Libertarian.

In 2019, Exotic was convicted on 17 federal charges of animal abuse and two counts of murder for hire, for a plot to kill Big Cat Rescue CEO Carole Baskin.[2] He is currently serving a 22-year sentence in federal prison.

In 2020, Netflix released a 7-part documentary, Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness, focused on Exotic, his zoo, and his feud with Baskin.

In prison, Exotic was put in quarantine in a security housing unit because he had been in contact with someone who had COVID-19.[3] He was moved to "a room with a hospital bed and a WINDOW" after his fans wrote many letters to the prison. As of June 2020, Exotic is in Fort Worth FMC, a prison hospital that belongs to the Federal Bureau of Prisons.[4]

Exotic is openly gay.[5]

References[change | change source]

  1. Moor, Robert (September 3, 2019). "American Animals Joe Exotic bred lions, tigers, and ligers at his roadside zoo. He was a modern Barnum who found an equally extraordinary nemesis". Intelligencer. Retrieved January 24, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. Brulliard, Karin (January 22, 2020). "Zookeeper who killed tigers and tried to have rival murdered is sentenced to 22 years in prison". The Washington Post. Retrieved January 23, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. Samuel Spencer (April 3, 2020). "'Tiger King' on Netflix: Does Joe Exotic Have Coronavirus?". Newsweek. Retrieved August 5, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. Gabrielle Chung (June 24, 2020). "Tiger King's Joe Exotic Moved Out of Isolation After Months of Coronavirus Quarantine, Says Rep". People. Retrieved August 5, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. Patrick (December 7, 2017). "Joe Exotic is getting married on Monday…". The Lost Ogle. Retrieved January 24, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)