Joseph Maldonado-Passage, better known as Joe Exotic, was transferred to a Fort Worth prison medical center.
According to detainee records, Maldonado-Passage, 57, is being held at Fort Worth FMC, a medical center managed by the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
Dillon Passage, Maldonado-Passage’s husband, said that Maldonado-Passage was in quarantine for coronavirus because inmates at the prison where he was held before his transfer were positive for the virus.
In April 2019, the former owner of the zoo was convicted of trying to hire someone to assassinate Carole Baskin, a prominent animal rights activist and founder of Big Cat Rescue animal sanctuary in Tampa, Florida.
He was found guilty on January 20 and sentenced to 22 years in prison for two counts of for-hire murder, nine counts of breaches of the Endangered Species Act and eight counts of Lacey Act violations in falsifying wildlife registers.
Maldonado-Passage is at the center of the popular documentary series “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness”, which was released on Netflix on March 20.
The documentary series revolves around the life of Maldonado-Passage in his zoo in Wynnewood, Oklahoma, where he owned hundreds of exotic animals. It also explores Baskin’s life, including the disappearance in 1997 of her husband.