The “Tiger King” zoo has a wild new business model — that may be illegal, according to a report.
The former business partner of Joe Exotic, star of the hit docuseries “Tiger King,” now plans to run the big cat park virtually — after it got closed by the feds in August, National Geographic reports.
Jeff Lowe, who was busted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for allegedly starving and burning animals, said he’ll run the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park online and on TV instead of in person, the outlet reported.
Lowe, who took over the zoo after Exotic was sent to prison, closed the park officially on Monday and moved it to Thackerville, Oklahoma after losing his license, according to the report.
The new facility, dubbed “Tiger King Park,” will now operate as a film set for “Tiger King-related content,” Lowe said. He promised to release two reality shows along with “shout-out” videos featuring tigers on social media.
But showing off wild animals for pay with no license — at a brick-and-mortar zoo, on TV or on the internet — is illegal under the Animal Welfare Act, National Geographic reported.
Even though there’s no clear legal precedent for enforcing the law, the door is still open for the USDA to challenge him, the outlet reported, citing experts.