Zoo featured on 'Tiger King' closes permanently after USDA suspends license
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The Exotic Animal Park in Wynnewood, Okla., featured on Netflix's "Tiger King" was shut down this week after the U.S. Department of Agriculture suspended its license.

Current park owner Jeff Lowe announced on Facebook the old zoo would be closing, although the animals will continue to have "excellent care," Vanity Fair reported.

"As of today, we have decided to close the old zoo effective immediately," said Lowe on social media.


The park, along with its eccentric former co-owner Joe Exotic, became a viral sensation this year after the Netflix-exclusive series "Tiger King" became the most-watched title in the U.S. in late March.

"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," Lowe wrote. "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 said in his post he had planned to voluntarily forfeit his USDA exhibitor's license, but upon contacting the agency, he learned that the park's license had already been suspended.

"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," Lowe claimed in the post.

"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," he added.

Lowe said the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park would become a private film set for "Tiger King"-related media content for cable and streaming, adding that he had decided the next course for the park over a month ago.