Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage, better known by his stage name Joe Exotic, is an American former zoo operator and convicted felon. The former owner and operator of the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park in Wynnewood, Oklahoma, Maldonado-Passage had claimed to be the most prolific breeder of tigers in the United States. Before working with animals he was a police officer—briefly serving as the chief of police in Eastvale, Texas. 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 2017 before officially entering the race for Governor he filed as a candidate seeking the Libertarian nomination for President.
The former zookeeper known as Joe Exotic filed a lawsuit. Carole Baskin, who runs Big Cat Rescue, condemned how the series handled her husband’s disappearance. And a Florida sheriff asked for tips. NYTimes.com - Published