Tiger King star Joe Exotic claims new evidence is going to 'shock the world' and clear his name.





  • Joe Exotic spoke to DailyMailTV in his first jailhouse interview since the release of season two of Netflix's Tiger King in November

  • The former zookeeper claimed he was misrepresented as needlessly killing tigers at his Oklahoma zoo, which he feels was a key part of his 2019 conviction

  • He was sentenced to 22 years in prison after being convicted for violating federal wildlife laws and a failed murder-for-hire plot targeting Carole Baskin

  • 'It may sound bad to the world that I shot five tigers to euthanize them and put them to sleep because they were old and in pain,' Exotic said

  • He also claimed the FBI agent and prosecutor in the case knew statements by his ex-business partner Jeff Lowe and pal Allen Glover were falsified

  • 'They had to fabricate s*** after I left the zoo to still have me arrested and be able to take my zoo away,' he added

  • Tiger King 2 shows Phillips take affidavits from Lowe and handyman Glover - the alleged assassin Exotic hired - saying they knowingly lied to prosecutors

By JAMES DESBOROUGH FOR DAILYMAIL.COM

PUBLISHED: 08:04 EST, 2 December 2021 | UPDATED: 08:48 EST, 2 December 2021


Tiger King star Joe Exotic says he is desperate to prove that he is innocent of animal cruelty, in an exclusive interview with DailyMailTV.


It's the first time fans have heard from Exotic since the release of season two of Netflix's Tiger King, currently one of the streaming platform's biggest shows.

In a recorded prison phone call shared with DailyMailTV, Exotic claimed he was misrepresented as needlessly killing tigers in his Oklahoma zoo, which he feels was a key part of his conviction last year.


Exotic defended his decision to shoot five of his G.W. Zoo big cats point blank in the skull as they were 'old and in pain.'

But he claimed millions of fans worldwide branded him an animal abuser following the Netflix show broadcast and that prosecutors went into detail about the tiger killing process to make the jury 'hate' him.


In a recent phone call, Exotic also makes some eyebrow-raising accusations against chief FBI agent Matt Bryant, who built the case against him, and prosecutor Amanda Green.

He alleges that Bryant and Green both knew that witness statements surrounding claims he wanted Carole Baskin assassinated were falsified.

His one-time business partner Jeff Lowe and pal Allen Glover gave evidence to authorities which proved pivotal in Exotic's conviction for conspiracy to commit for murder for hire.

The two men have since backtracked and said they lied in sworn legal statements, and Exotic's lawyer John Phillips is now pushing for a full retrial.

'What do I want the people to know? I am innocent,' the disgraced former zookeeper said in a recorded interview.

'It may sound bad to the world that I shot five tigers to euthanize them and put them to sleep because they were old and in pain.

'I buried those tigers fully intact. Their teeth were in their head and their hides were on their bodies. I buried them. With respect I didn't half burn them and leave them under a tarp like the USDA and Fed found some at the new zoo.

'They admitted that knowing the gunshots through the heads would make the jury hate me.'


Exotic, whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage, was sentenced in January 2020 to 22 years in federal prison after being convicted of trying to hire two different men to kill animal rights activist Carole Baskin.

In July, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit in Denver ruled the trial court wrongly treated those two convictions separately in calculating his prison term under sentencing guidelines.

He is waiting for news on when re-sentencing takes place, but is not holding back on his attacks of his treatment within the justice system.

The 58-year-old claimed his public defenders Bill Earley and Kyle Wackenheim did not explain to the jury the trauma of 'tranquilizing a big animal' before euthanasia, which prompts 'seizures, convulsions and throwing up before a vet can walk in.'


Exotic claims that is why he took the unorthodox step of shooting his tigers point blank.

But he insists that he was never cruel to those wild cats, despite accusations by fellow tiger sanctuary owner and nemesis Carole Baskin.

'I was never charged or accused of animal abuse by anyone except Carole Baskin, because she thinks petting baby tigers is abusive,' he said.

Tiger King 2 shows Phillips take affidavits from Lowe and handyman Glover - the alleged assassin Exotic hired - saying they knowingly lied to prosecutors.