Jeff Lowe, the owner of the zoo featured in the Netflix smash-hit, Tiger King, claimed the business has officially shut its doors for good due to the USDA and PETA, the New York Post revealed today.
On the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park’s Facebook profile, Lowe admitted that the Netflix series had generated an “unfathomable” amount of money, which would undoubtedly lead to the care of the animals for the foreseeable future.
However, his post read that he and the other managers decided to shut its doors “effective immediately.” Lowe also claimed he was going to forfeit his USDA exhibitor’s license.
The 67-year-old said to his social media followers that he made the decision voluntarily around one month ago, in spite of the reports of the probe into animal abuse and neglect. In June of this year, Carole Baskin was reportedly given access to the Oklahoma zoo.
The Tiger King star was told he had 120 days to get off the property and take the animals somewhere else. Fans of the TV series know Exotic, 57, the main character of Tiger King, hired a hitman to murder Carole Baskin and he was sent to prison for 22 years.
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Furthermore, on his Facebook account, Lowe said the USDA had given in to the pressures from PETA who have continuously accused him of wrongdoing without merit. With all that said, his new park will continue operating in just one way.
He says it’ll be a “private film set” for other content related to Tiger King, in reference to the new location in Thackerville, Oklahoma. When The New York Post reached out to PETA, they claimed Lowe’s license had been taken away and he wouldn’t “terrorize” tigers anymore.
Carole Baskin, on the other hand, took to her Facebook account to say that everyone is likely wondering what’s going to happen to the animals. She says they currently don’t know but will update fans when they find out.
Fox News reported that even though Lowe claimed to have passed prior inspections, a USDA investigation claimed they had found a number of examples of mistreatment of animals.