‘Tiger King’ zoo closed effective immediately; Jeff Lowe says he forfeited USDA exhibitors license

Video above: A look inside Oklahoma exotic zoo after ‘Tiger King’ documentaryJeff Lowe, the owner of the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park, announced that the zoo is closed effective immediately and that he has forfeited his USDA exhibitors license.He posted on the park’s social media page Tuesday that he’s forfeiting his license. Lowe claims the USDA “folded to the pressures of PETA and continue to make false accusations against me.”Online records on PETA’s website show that the USDA suspended Lowe’s exhibitor license effective Monday.”Suspiciously, less than 24 hours after I contacted the USDA to voluntarily forfeit my license, they notify me that they are suspending my license for 21 days for a litany of falsehoods,” Lowe wrote. “In the state of Oklahoma, exotic animal ownership is perfectly legal. Rest assured that all the animals will continue to have excellent care, and consequently will no longer be subject to USDA inspections or PETA spies.”According to the post, Lowe’s new park will be a private film set for “Tiger King”-related television content for cable and streaming services for the foreseeable future.”This was in fact a decision that we made more than a month ago and was the huge news that we spoke about on Facebook a couple weeks ago,” Lowe wrote. Lowe also said the “Tiger King” phenomenon has changed his and his family’s lives and “has brought us more attention than any human deserves. Good and bad. It has, and probably will, continue to make us a target of every nutjob and animal rights loon in the world, but we are prepared.” He continued, saying the park has “provided us with an unfathomable source of income … that will guarantee the long-term care of our animals and allow us to be very selective going forward.””So, thanks to all the people who have visited the Wynnewood Zoo over the years. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts,” Lowe said. “Effective immediately, we are closed to the public.”Earlier this summer, a federal judge in Oklahoma awarded ownership of the zoo to Carole Baskin and that the land in Garvin County would be in Baskin’s name. Lowe told sister-station KOCO 5 in June that he wasn’t surprised by the decision. “I expected it a year ago,” Lowe said. “We knew that the writing was on the wall.”

Video above: A look inside Oklahoma exotic zoo after ‘Tiger King’ documentary

Jeff Lowe, the owner of the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park, announced that the zoo is closed effective immediately and that he has forfeited his USDA exhibitors license.

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He posted on the park’s social media page Tuesday that he’s forfeiting his license. Lowe claims the USDA “folded to the pressures of PETA and continue to make false accusations against me.”

Online records on PETA’s website show that the USDA suspended Lowe’s exhibitor license effective Monday.

“Suspiciously, less than 24 hours after I contacted the USDA to voluntarily forfeit my license, they notify me that they are suspending my license for 21 days for a litany of falsehoods,” Lowe wrote. “In the state of Oklahoma, exotic animal ownership is perfectly legal. Rest assured that all the animals will continue to have excellent care, and consequently will no longer be subject to USDA inspections or PETA spies.”

According to the post, Lowe’s new park will be a private film set for “Tiger King”-related television content for cable and streaming services for the foreseeable future.

“This was in fact a decision that we made more than a month ago and was the huge news that we spoke about on Facebook a couple weeks ago,” Lowe wrote.

Lowe also said the “Tiger King” phenomenon has changed his and his family’s lives and “has brought us more attention than any human deserves. Good and bad. It has, and probably will, continue to make us a target of every nutjob and animal rights loon in the world, but we are prepared.”

He continued, saying the park has “provided us with an unfathomable source of income … that will guarantee the long-term care of our animals and allow us to be very selective going forward.”

“So, thanks to all the people who have visited the Wynnewood Zoo over the years. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts,” Lowe said. “Effective immediately, we are closed to the public.”

Earlier this summer, a federal judge in Oklahoma awarded ownership of the zoo to Carole Baskin and that the land in Garvin County would be in Baskin’s name. Lowe told sister-station KOCO 5 in June that he wasn’t surprised by the decision.

“I expected it a year ago,” Lowe said. “We knew that the writing was on the wall.”