Tiger King's Carole Baskin awarded ownership of Joe Exotic's former zoo

Carole Baskin has been given ownership of her rival Joe Exotic's former zoo in Oklahoma as part of a lawsuit over trademarks.

The pair found fame after featuring as rivals in Netflix's docuseries Tiger King, where Joseph Maldonado-Passage - also known as Joe Exotic - wound up jailed after plotting to have Baskin killed.

Judge Scott Palk ruled in favour of Baskin's Big Cat Rescue Corporation on Monday in a lawsuit against the Greater Wynnewood Development Group (GWDG), which was once owned by Maldonado-Passage. It means Baskin now has control of the 16.4 acre property - once known as G W Exotic - in Wynnewood, Oklahoma.

The judge ordered GWDG surrender the land and vacate the premises within 120 days and all zoo animals must also be removed from the property. The judgement also gives Baskin several cabins and vehicles.

The settlement comes after Baskin accused Maldonado-Passage of trademark infringement, and he was ordered in 2013 to pay US$1 million (NZ$1.57 million) after he used her organisation's name to promote his own park.

She then sued G W Exotic in 2016 and claimed its operators created an entire new entity as a way to avoid paying the judgement.

Palk found the property was "fraudulently transferred" by Maldonado-Passage's mother to "remove [the zoo] from the reach of Big Cat Rescue" so it wouldn't have to pay the judgement.

Baskin, who owns an animal sanctuary in Florida, has been a critic of Maldonado-Passage's animal park and accused him of abusing his animals.

He was convicted in 2019 in a murder-for-hire plot against Baskin. He's currently incarcerated in Texas serving a 22-year sentence for this and other crimes, one of which is animal abuse.