‘Tiger King’: Jeff Lowe Worries Carole Baskin Will Turn Joe Exotic Zoo Into ‘The Graceland of Oklahoma’

by Jeremy Spirogis
Tiger King subjects Jeff and Lauren Lowe

Jeff Lowe and his spouse Lauren are going to go away the zoo that was the topic of Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness. Carole Baskin gained the zoo owned by Joseph Maldonado-Passage, aka Joe Exotic, in a courtroom judgment. The Lowes can be okay as a result of they have already got plans for a brand new zoo. 

Tiger King subjects Jeff and Lauren Lowe
Jeff and Lauren Lowe | | Ruaridh Connellan/BarcroftImages / Barcroft Media by way of Getty Images

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The Lowes spoke with ET.com on June 2 about their response to Baskin’s authorized victory and ideas on the way forward for the zoo. Unfortunately, they’re skeptical about Baskin’s intentions.

From ‘Tiger King’ to ‘The Graceland of Oklahoma’

Elvis Presley’s dwelling in Memphis, Tennessee has grow to be a gaudy vacationer museum. Lowe expects Baskin to have tasteless plans for the zoo.

“She accuses us of exploiting animals,” Jeff stated. “My suspicion is she’ll come here and try to open up the Joe Exotic park and she’ll exploit the animals and sell tours. She’ll turn this into the Graceland of Oklahoma.”

Jeff Lowe thinks Carole Baskin can be in over her head 

The Lowes have maintained the zoo since Maldonado-Passage went to jail. They are taking the tigers to their new facility. They have 120 days earlier than Baskin takes over, and so they imagine she doesn’t know what she’s in for. 

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Jeff Lowe | Netflix

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“[It’s going to be] complete hell because I’m not taking care of it as we leave,” Jeff stated. “The bamboo is about taking this place over. She has no idea the amount of work it is to keep this park up. That’s how much we just don’t care about this place. I don’t have any concerns that Carole’s coming in here. We’re going to giftwrap it for her before we leave.”

Lauren took a shot at Baskin not paying her employees. 

“Maybe she’ll find free volunteers,” she stated. 

Joe Exotic’s zoo can be higher for Carole Baskin’s tigers

The entire case revolved round trademark infringement on Baskin’s Big Cat Rescue emblem. Lowe stated she is inheriting a greater facility for her rescue operation. Unfortunately, he doesn’t anticipate her to make use of it for the great of her tigers.

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Carole Baskin | Netflix

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If she comes right here, she’s bought a a lot better facility than she’s bought down in Tampa. It’s unhappy that she simply doesn’t appear to care concerning the animals as a lot as she did about taking Joe down and now closing this zoo. She’s in it for the cash. She’s bought extra rental houses than Donald Trump. You’ve bought to do what you do and do it effectively and focus in your trigger. If her trigger is to liberate tigers in captivity, then why the hell has she bought 30 or 40 tigers in captivity? You lead by instance. You don’t lead by hypocrisy. That’s her whole life.

Jeff Lowe, interview with ET.com, 6/2/2020

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