Zoo had been taken over by Jeff Lowe, who gained control of the property when Joe was struggling financially with his lawsuits with Carole Basin. Wynnewood Zoo continued operating under Jeff, even after it was announced on June 2, 2021 that Carole had technically won the G.W.
Zoo be transferred to an appropriate facility where it won’t take federal intervention for a sick cat to receive veterinary care.” On June 1, 2021 an Oklahoma court ruled that Joe Exotic fraudulently transferred The G.W.
Exotic Animal Park to his mother, Shirley Schreibvogel, and later to Jeff Lowe. Because Joe never paid Carole, she was awarded the 16 acres of land that the zoo sits on.
Jeff Lowe had been controlling this land since Joe went to prison, so even though he lost his license, Carole was going to take over, anyway. At the time, Jeff's attorney, Walter Mosley, said the court's ruling was expected.
“We anticipated Carol Basin getting the title to the former park that once belonged to Joe Exotic, and we did not challenge her attempts to do so. Source: Netflix Carole has yet to make a public statement on the judge's ruling or regarding Jeff losing his license.
Jeff Lowe, a key investor in the zoo, took over once Exotic went to jail in 2020. While the disappearance of Carole Basin's husband has dominated headlines, Netflix's Tiger King tells an even bigger story about the wild world of big cat breeders and zoo owners in the United States.
Exotic's downfall, of course, happens after he's convicted of two counts of murder-for-hire, falsifying wildlife records, and nine violations of the Endangered Species Act in 2018. Jeff and Lauren Lowe took over when Exotic was struggling to maintain the zoo while dealing with his million-dollar lawsuit with Basin.
Today, it still claims to be the largest privately owned exotic animal park with more than 230 tigers and lions. Tiger King creators warn that the zoo shown on screen looks far less inviting in real life: “All I can tell you are that he is basically operating on fumes.
No one is going now and there’s no source of income, and that's been going on for a long time,” Eric Goode told Entertainment Weekly. “The attention that thing has brought will fill the bank account back up for a while, but it's always depleted in the downtime.
When people don't come to the zoo in the winter, and we're spent $5,000 or $6,000 a week on food and $2,500 on veterinary care, we struggle,” he said on Lights Out with David Spade. Despite money problems, Lowe confirmed on Lights Out that the couple is rebranding the zoo to be called “Oklahoma Zoo and moving the animals to a 55-acre plot of land in Baskerville, Oklahoma in summer 2020.
“His name will not be mentioned,” Lauren Lowe told LOCO News. We came here, bailed him out of trouble, paid all the bills, and the lawsuits started burying him,” Lowe said during his Lights Out interview. Once Basin's lawsuit hit and Exotic knew it was past the point of repair, he closed the zoo and dissolved the corporation.
Many viewers, however, still find it hard to believe that Exotic willingly closed the zoo and let the Lowes take over. “They touched on about 10% of the story and, you know, the portrayal of us stealing the zoo from Joe was very unfair because we came here to help him, we got it back on its feet,” Lowe continued.
“Come see how healthy and happy all the animals are, now that the horrible abuser rots in Federal Prison,” they continued, according to Women's Health. This content is created and maintained by a third party, and imported onto this page to help users provide their email addresses.
By now, you've either binged the Tiger King rockeries, or you still haven't watched, and you're wondering why everyone keeps talking about an eccentric man with a mullet or a woman who many suspects killed her husband. In April 2018, he was found guilty of animal abuse/wildlife violations (he reportedly killed five tigers and illegally sold tiger cubs), and he was also convicted for trying to hire a hit man to kill rival, Carole Basin.
Joe was sentenced to 22 years in prison on January 2020, and he's currently being held at the Grady County Jail in Oklahoma. Lowe had partnered with Tim Stark, the owner of nonprofit organization Wildlife in Need, to keep G.W.
Zoo open, but in March 2020, Refinery 29 reported that Indiana's Attorney General had filed a lawsuit against Stark and Wildlife in Need for animal abuse and misappropriation of assets. On August 17, the USDA suspended Lowe’s exhibitor license, meaning he could no longer run the zoo.
However, Lowe has disputed the news, and he stated that he had voluntarily forfeited his USDA exhibitors license and decided to close the zoo on his own. “The very agency that has given my facility five consecutive perfect inspections, has now folded to the pressures of PETA and continue to make false accusations against me,” he wrote in a Facebook post.
Lowe also announced that his new animal park in Baskerville, Oklahoma will be a private set for Tiger King related TV content. Back in May 2020, ownership of the zoo was transferred to none other than Exotic's rival Carole Basin, as a judge ruled that Exotic had fraudulently transferred ownership of the zoo to his mother in order to avoid paying Basin a settlement in a trademark infringement lawsuit.
Federal judge Scott Park of the Western District Court of Oklahoma also ruled that Lowe had 120 days to vacate the property and hand the title of the zoo's land over to Basin's Big Cat Rescue Corp. Exotic responded to the ruling via his management team on Twitter, and he said the loss of his zoo was “yet another emotional blow” to his “already fragile” state.
He also bizarrely and incorrectly connected the ruling to George Floyd's untimely death. The filmmakers behind Tiger King, Eric Goode and Rebecca Chaplin, had previously spoken to Entertainment Weekly about G.W.
“Every business has had to deal with this same storm-like event of COVID-19, ” Terri Irwin, 55, tells The Post. “But we’re all in different boats … for us it’s unique because Australia Zoo is home to some 1,200 animals, many of which are endangered.
In Saturday’s special, viewers will also see the aftermath of Hindi and Chandler’s wedding as they scrapped their planned honeymoon traveling around Australia. “We’ve become closer than ever, and in you get to see me get bitten on the face by a snake,” he says.
Terri says the zoo has been able to sustain itself in part from help from fans around the world who participated in their “adopt an animal” program and who financially contributed through online purchases. “Overall, we are incredibly blessed in Australia to be less affected by COVID-19 than some other countries,” Terri says.
“If you can see Australia Zoo go from closed to open , we’re hoping that can be inspirational to other people.” With fewer than 100 individuals left outside managed care and only 300 in zoological protection around the world, the Amur leopard is believed to be the most critically endangered big cat on the planet.
The board of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, an accrediting organization that previously defended billhooks as essential management tools, recently voted to phase out the instrument’s use in routine elephant care and training by the start of 2021. Dan Ashe, president and CEO of the association, said in an interview that the change was not inspired by concerns about elephant welfare at member zoos, which he said use billhooks in limited circumstances as “guides.” Instead, he said, the board wanted its standards to “reflect modern zoological practice.” In an internal survey this summer, nearly 80 percent of the 62 AZA zoos that care for 305 elephants said that they do not use billhooks or that the changes would have no or little impact on their programs, he said.
Given that, he added, “and its historical association with archaic, abusive treatment of elephants, the board decided this was a good step.” The decision comes as scrutiny of elephant captivity grows alongside an expanding body of research documenting the animals’ keen intelligence, complex social structures and unique physical and psychological needs.
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus ended in 2017 following public pressure and local laws that forced it to retire its famed elephant acts. This week, members of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species are considering a proposal that would restrict the sale of wild African elephants to zoos in the United States and elsewhere.
Nicole Piquette, chief programs and policy officer at the Humane Society of the United States, said she was “encouraged” by the AZA’s phaseout of a “horrible, outdated training tool.” Both groups called on the association to go further, including by opposing the import of wild elephants. The new billhook policy follows an AZA decision in 2011 to prohibit most “free contact” between keepers and elephants and instead manage the animals primarily through barriers.
A spokeswoman for one that has faced criticism recently for its use of billhooks, the Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, R.I., said on Tuesday that the facility would comply with the change. If you’re not pushing forward and raising standards, everyone kind of gets held hostage by intransigent members,” said Otto Fad, an animal behavior consultant who did away with billhooks and free contact when he was hired in 2004 as elephant manager at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, where he worked until 2017.
You’re going to push a little harder,” said Fad, who trains zoos and aquariums on positive reinforcement methods, which emphasize rewards.