Netflix: Joe Exotic aka ‘Tiger King’ abused employees and wild animals for decades

Joe Exotic is certifiably nuts/Photo: @tigerkinglords

Tiger King series raising eyebrows. 

Blog King, Mass Appeal

WYNNEWOOD — Here’s all you need to know about the binge-worthy docuseries “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness” now available via Netflix: Joe Maldonado-Passage, aka Joe Exotic, is the proprietor and founder of Garold Wayne Exotic Animal Park (G.W. Zoo) located in Wynnewood, Oklahoma. The zoo was named after his deceased brother, Garold Wayne. The park, which opened in 1999, was later renamed “The Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park.”

Joe filled the zoo with thousands of exotic animals that were given to him by overwhelmed pet owners. But he ultimately got his ass in trouble when he threatened to become the next David Koresh of Waco, Texas. Joe, who referred to himself as the “Tiger King,” treated his wildlife like sh*t.

Sean Williams, a journalist with ‘The Daily Beast,’ visited G.W. Zoo in 2019 to concoct a profile on the 57-year-old zookeeper. Here’s what he had to say: “When I went, it had rained, and tigers sloshed back and forth in ankle-deep slurry. A man-made lake was neon green and stagnant. A brown bear sat in its own feces while a man fed it potato chips. Ten-pins were scattered around the cages and one monkey enclosure featured a child’s kitchen play set.”

In conjunction with providing squalid animal care, Joe took advantage of crestfallen ex-cons and ravenous itinerants by paying them $150 per week to work 12 hours a day. They received room and board courtesy of a quartet of dilapidated trailers that were ubiquitous with insects and rodents.

Many staff members were toothless and some addicted to meth.

Joe also gave his workers expired sustenance from Walmart.

Because they had nowhere to go, Joe’s employees were loyal to a fault. One of the workers accidentally stuck her arm inside a cage and a tiger bit it off. Rather than quit, the employee returned to work a few days later after persuading an orthopedic surgeon to amputate her left limb.

Joe — an openly gay polygamist from Garden City, Kansas — married a couple of dudes half his age; namely Dillon Passage, 24, and Travis Maldonado, 23, who took his own life with a bullet to the cranium. The mullet-sporting redneck also had a fling with John Finlay and a few others.

Carole Baskin, owner of non-profit ‘Big Cat Rescue,’ is Joe’s nemesis. When they weren’t busy suing each other, they were constantly at each other’s throats. Joe called Carole a “bitch” every time the sun came up and he threatened to kill her daily. Joe even made a “Here Kitty Kitty” music video accusing Carole of murdering her millionaire husband, Don Lewis, and feeding his carcass to her cats.

Bon appétit!

Prior to his quietus, Don asked for a divorce which would’ve left Carole destitute.

He also filed a restraining order claiming Carole threatened to kill him.

Don hasn’t been seen since.

After Carole succeeded in destroying his business, Joe remunerated a hitman $3,000 to take her out. Rather than execute the slaying, the contract killer ran off with the mazuma then pulled a Tekashi 6ix9ine by snitching to federal agents. In addition to the murder-for-hire plot, prosecutors learned Joe euthanized 5 tigers. He also shot a horse and fed him to the felines.

Joe received 22 years in a federal penitentiary.

Now he’s caged just like his animals.

Speaking of loyal, Dillon said he’s sticking by his man despite the lengthy prison sentence.

“I felt it was only right to stand by him and not judge him for the circumstance because I understood his relationship with Carole,” Dillon explained during a recent chinwag with Variety Live.

“It was a very negative kind of thing and he was in a dark place when all of this stuff occurred. He just needed support so I was just going to stand next to him.”

Joe, if you recall, ran for U.S. President in 2016. He also ran for Governor of Oklahoma in 2018. Ole Joe is a proud racist and he uttered the N-Word multiple times throughout the mini-series. But the editor decided to omit the derogatory term to eschew racial antagonism.

Again, “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness” is available on Netflix.

Do you think Joe is batshit crazy?

Did Carole commit mariticide?

Share your thoughts.


  1. Everyone involved in that show is a total moron racist Pig idiots

  2. Tuba Ashfaq Butt

    So far Carole is a socially accepted psychopath. Her mannerism screams there is something off with this gold-digger. She singlehandedly outsmarted all other men of her league. I hate her existence. May she find herself in a pit where her multi millionaire husband disappeared. Sooner rather than later. Rot in hell Carole.

  3. This show was so wild that an accidental suicide gets overlooked.

  4. If somehow this show got a season 2 or movie i won’t watch it. Don’t want to give the money remotely to the criminals, as most of them are.

  5. this show/ documentary bothers me so much

  6. Edmund Yosores

    Just finished watching this and oh my god it’s CRAZY

  7. Carole baskin killed her husband

  8. This show is the craziest shit ive heard of. If it was a tv show with actors, It’d win all the awards.

  9. Efrain Cazares

    Are we ignoring the fact that carol got raped??? But yet I do believe she killed her husband and plus it made me mad that she didn’t give her dead husbands family more money and got to keep almost all of it.

  10. what the hell did I just watch

  11. Jose Velazquez

    GW Exotic Zoo vs Big Cat Rescue is like the Krusty Krab vs Chum Bucket but in real life and it’s animals and Crazy cat lady and a crazy Oklahoma guy.

  12. Your Solar Girl

    So anyone can have a Netflix documentary now

  13. Was gonna watch… saw men kissed….. puked…. will not watch.

  14. Carole has a killer attitude!😏

  15. Rest Of The World

    Free Joe Exotic, Carole is a psychopath killer, blood spiller!

  16. dude joe is childish af 😭

  17. joe is a sick bastard

  18. never trust a zookeeper who takes a dick up the ass

  19. What a setup. Bunch of sell out bastards sold him out. Poor Joe.

  20. first we have corona, and then tiger king.

  21. Bandile Simelane

    “I’d shoot you before shooting my cats”

  22. We can’t know the truth, but with Joe, you can see abundant love and passion to animals. With Carol, same cages, but no love, and those flowers and that silly bike and pink girly shirts just all looks like a scam. I guess she was smart enough to register her business as charity. I wonder if we will ever find out the truth. I hope we will.

  23. Only in America! God Bless Us!! Everyone!!!

  24. Simone Palamini

    Poor animals

  25. America.

    nuff said..

  26. Why You Trippin' Deebo

    I don’t get this shit….

  27. This is the most American thing ever

  28. The husband John wasn’t too bad looking, just needs some teeth! Travis was a handsome boy too. And now his new husband, how does this Joe get these young handsome boys? And two of them weren’t really gay??!! Boy oh boy this was a whole mess of a situation, such a chaotic lifestyle, no peace within any of them. Very sad about the young boy Travis, Meth twisted his mind, as it does and he was probably disgusted with himself in what he did to get drugs (being with Joe).

  29. Kickflip Crook

    joe exotic is a real life gta character

  30. The whole Travis situation broke my heart. He was so cute 😭

  31. Britney Danquah

    The ghetto

  32. Thank u Netflix for the 💩💩💩💩 show of entertainment i always needed 👏👏👏👏👏 during the coronavirus pandemic I’m forever indebted to u🙏🙏🙏🙏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏

  33. This documentary has completely disgusted me. I totally get that there are ppl that live in this world that do not value human life or animal life. But what scares me is that ppl have watched this documentary and chosen to cut their kids hair in the style of such a vile individual and their is kind of an idolatry towards this man. Trump will definitely be re elected if the majority of Americans think Joe Exotic or any of the other characters in this documentary are normal.

  34. WTF is this shit

  35. His ass deserves prison. He lied and made his parents broke to win a
    lawsuit just to satisfy his ego, caged animals and breeded them for
    years, all for money and ego. He gave drugs to and used young vulnerable
    men instead of helping them. Karma caged him in prison the same way he
    caged animals.

  36. Please tell me this ain’t real 🤦‍♂️

  37. Anna Winchester

    White people 🙈

  38. Everyone on that show was batshit crazy but Joe was the last person they should have locked up, everyone else was way shadier and actual criminals.

  39. i’m kinda mad that carol became the winner of this

  40. Oj Simpson said carole killed her husband. That says a lot

  41. what a fuckin idiot he gives americans a bad rap the normal gay people should be outraged at his behavior and and the way he presents him self

  42. Free joe exotic 🔐💜

  43. This is literally what the rest of the world thinks all Americans are like

  44. Carol killed her husband or not, I didnt like her from the beginning. Because my boss is exactly like her. Shit bitch. Hiding shit all the time. Total shit.

  45. Paulina Domínguez

    The only victims in this story are the animals

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