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Oklahoma zoo featured in smash Netflix docuseries closes

Brandy McDonnell, The Oklahoman
Published 5:12 p.m. ET Aug. 19, 2020


Jeff Lowe appears in “Tiger King.” (Photo: Netflix)

WYNNEWOOD, Okla. – The Oklahoma zoo featured in Netflix’s hit series “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness” has permanently closed to the public. 

Jeff Lowe, owner of the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park (formerly the G.W. Exotic Animal Park), announced the closure in a lengty, since-deleted Facebook post that cited the success of “Tiger King.” 

“The Tiger King phenomenon has definitely changed our lives in many ways. It 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,” Lowe wrote on the roadside zoo’s Facebook page. “It has also provided us with an unfathomable source of income. Income that will guarantee the long term care of our animals and allow us to be very selective going forward.

“As of today, we have decided to close the old zoo effective immediately.”

Joe Schreibvogel, aka Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage, aka Joe Exotic, at GW Exotic Animal Park in Wynnewood, Okla., on Feb. 28, 2013. (Photo: STEVE SISNEY, THE…

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