“Ghost Adventures” to take on Joe Exotic’s former zoo


The Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Memorial Park in Oklahoma is better known as Joe Exotic’s zoo. On October 26, 2020, it will be the site of a paranormal investigation by the popular Ghost Adventures Crew. The episode of “Ghost Adventures” is called “Ghost Adventures: Horror at Joe Exotic’s Zoo.” The zoo was featured in the Netflix documentary “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness” which shed light on Joe Exotic and an entire cast of other zoo owners, their significant others, the animals kept, and the alleged illegal activities associated with the zoo’s owners and its detractors.

“Ghost Adventures” and the Joe Exotic Zoo

The long-running television show, “Ghost Adventures,” has been broadcasting since 2008. The show is characterized by its willingness to get into the histories and small spaces of allegedly haunted properties. The crew uses a series of electronic devices and night vision to detect the sights and sounds associated with paranormal activity.

A “Ghost Adventures” investigation is not unusual when the group, led by Zak Bagans, arrives to a property with a long history, often complete with spirits of those who died badly in the past. And, even though Joe Exotic (real name Joe Maldonado-Passage) is in jail for the next few decades for a series of crimes, including an alleged plot to kill fellow big cat owner, Carole Baskin, but as far the viewing public knows, no murders took place on the property. Unless of course, a person counts the tigers and other animals that have been killed there.

What could be at Joe Exotic’s zoo? Can the spirits of deceased big cats haunt the property? Maybe. The upcoming show is not the first time that the word “haunted” has been used in relation to the big cat enclosure. In a an article in the Tampa Bay Times from June 2020, Jeff Lowe, one of Joe Exotic’s colleagues and a subsequent owner of Joe Exotic’s Zoo, stated “She can have 16 acres of haunted memories.”

Lowe’s statement was made in regard to Baskin getting the property as part of a copyright infringement settlement. In the Tampa Bay Times article, the smell of “death” was reported.

For some viewers, the story of Joe Exotic’s zoo seems incomplete. Perhaps the treatment it gets from “Ghost Adventures” will shed light on the embattled property.

“Ghost Adventures: Horrors at Joe Exotic’s Zoo,” will air for the first time Oct. 29, 2020 at 9 p.m., 8 p.m. central. The show is part of the Travel Channel’s “Seven Nights of Frights.”

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Dodie Miller-Gould is a native of Fort Wayne, Indiana who lives in New York City where she studies creative nonfiction at Columbia University. She has BA and MA degrees in English from Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, and an MFA in Fiction from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Her research interests include popular music and culture, 1920s jazz, and blues, confessional poetry, and the rhetoric of fiction. She has presented at numerous conferences in rhetoric and composition, and creative writing. Her creative works have appeared in Tenth Muse, Apostrophe, The Flying Island, Scavenger's Newsletter and elsewhere. She has won university-based awards for creative work and literary criticism.

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