THE exotic cat zoo made famous by Joe Exotic and Netflix's Tiger King gang will be shuttering for good, with the current owner blaming animal rights group PETA.
Jeff Lowe, who has been operating the zoo since 2016, took to Facebook to explain that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) was suspending his exhibitor's license for 21 days, and he decided to forfeit the license and close the zoo.
The Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park's former owner, the eccentric and controversial Joe Exotic, is currently serving a 22-year sentence in prison for his involvement in a murder-for-hire plot to take out cat conservationist Carole Baskin, and for animal abuse.
Earlier this year, a judge ruled that the zoo be handed over to Baskin as part of a $1million trademark dispute.
Baskin was featured heavily in the Tiger King docu-series and fueled the creation of countless memes and speculation about her involvement in a former husband's death.
The series was a massive hit for Netflix after it appeared right at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, when many people were ordered to stay home for a lockdown.
Netflix has since renewed the series for a second season, according to reports.
In his announcement that the zoo would be closing, Lowe said that the USDA "folded to the pressures of PETA and continue to make false accusations against me."
Closing the park to the public means the animals will "no longer be subject to USDA inspections or PETA spies," the post said.
Lowe also suggested that a "new park" will be a private film set for the next season of Tiger King.
"Our new park will, at least for the foreseeable future, be a private film set for Tiger King related television content for cable and streaming services."
Fox23 reported in June that Lowe was trying to get his zoo moved to a spot in Thackerville, Oklahoma, before Baskin took control. It's unclear if that's where he will be headed now.
Season two of the docu-series will reportedly feature Joe Exotic trying to clear his name. His husband Dillon Passage and Lowe are reportedly set to return for another season as well.
Whether Baskin will return to the series remains up in the air, as she is reportedly asking for more than a million dollars to appear.
In a statement after season one was released, Baskin said the show had "no regard for the truth."
It "has a segment devoted to suggesting, with lies and innuendos from people who are not credible, that I had a role in the disappearance of my husband Don 21 years ago," she said.
"The series presents this without any regard for the truth or in most cases even giving me the opportunity before publication to rebut the absurd claims."
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