Watch | New Joe Exotic doc explores his shocking welfare practices and details on a potential museum


Joe Exotic

The now-infamous series ‘Tiger King’ caused quite a stir this year. While the original Netflix docuseries explored the bizarre life of Joe Exotic and a handful of other dubious characters, it failed to shine the spotlight on the major welfare issues these big cats are facing.

While the show was a major hit – generating endless memes – I wonder if it really ‘sunk in’ for the majority of viewers that hundreds of Americans are currently breeding big cats in captivity, subjecting them to life in enclosures, for entertainment and profit. It’s alarming to think that more tigers are living in captivity in the USA right now, then there are tigers living in the wild.

That’s exactly what the latest documentary on Joe Exotic plans to unveil. Airing July 25th on Animal Planet, ‘Surviving Joe Exotic’ will delve into the more problematic side of Joseph Maldonado-Passage. The doc will feature some of the animals that managed to “get out” of his zoo while exposing his animal welfare practices.

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Reports have also been circulating that a potential Joe Exotic museum may be in the works. Zak Bagans of Ghost Adventures is behind the project. According to TMZ, the actor managed to collect a number of items belonging to Exotic from a weekend spent at the zoo filming his own show.

The items (which include pill bottles, items of clothing, wedding tokens, Exotic’s infamous jewelled crown, and his “penis pump” – as well as a glass pipe belonging to Exotic’s ex-husband Travis Maldonado) were gifted to him by Jeff Lowe.

Lowe bought the zoo from Exotic following his arrest for attempting to conspire to kill his rival Carole Baskin. Exotic is currently serving 22 years in prison.

Watch the trailer for ‘Surviving Joe Exotic’ below and read more on the latest entertainment news, right here.


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