Jeff Lowe Says He’s Been 'Offered Michael Jackson’s Elephants' for His New Zoo
Jeff Lowe is taking animals from Joe Exotic's former G.W. Exotic Animal Memorial Park and moving them to the new Tiger King Park in Thackerville, Oklahoma
Jeff Lowe, one of the many memorable stars of Netflix's docu-series Tiger King, has 120 days to vacate the G.W. Exotic Animal Memorial Park in Wynnewood, Oklahoma — the private zoo previously owned by Joseph Maldonado-Passage, better known as "Joe Exotic."
The G.W. Exotic Animal Memorial Park has been under the control of Lowe in recent years but is now being handed over to Big Cat Rescue founder Carole Baskin — the woman whom Joe Exotic was convicted of plotting to kill.
Baskin and her Big Cat Rescue corporation have been granted control of the Oklahoma zoo property by a judge who found that the property was fraudulently transferred to Maldonado-Passage's mother years ago, according to court documents obtained by PEOPLE.
In a statement, Lowe said that while Baskin has gained control of the property, his animals at the G.W. Exotic Animal Memorial Park will be moving out with him to a new zoo.
"Please don’t worry about our animals. As you saw on the Netflix documentary, I have been building the greatest Tiger Park the world has ever seen. Thanks to our loyal fans and customers, and the amazing people who work at the zoo, the new Tiger King Park is opening in Thackerville, Oklahoma this September, directly adjacent to the World’s Largest Casino, WinStar World Casino and Resort," wrote Lowe.
Lowe told PEOPLE that future guests can expect to see "approximately 200" big cats, including tigers, lions, jaguars, leopards, and ligers, at Tiger King Park "at any given time," adding that, compared to G.W. Park, this "new facility is 10 times as big, and all the enclosures are more natural for the animals, and much, much larger."
Among the expected bevy of big cats, Lowe said the Tiger King Park will house other animals as well. According to him, the new park has been offered some interesting residents.
"We're negotiating for giraffes right now, possibly Michael Jackson's elephants," Lowe shared.
Lowe said that he has been "offered Michael Jackson's elephants", which he claims are currently being cared for by a private owner after a stay at a Florida zoo. According to Lowe, the elephants' current owner "contacted" him looking for a place to "rehome" the animals.
This is not the first time the personalities of Tiger King have been linked to Jackson's former collection of exotic pets. Maldonado-Passage has previously claimed that several alligators that died in a 2015 fire at G.W. Park once belonged to Jackson.
- Reporting by Christine Pelisek