Jeff Lowe Announces Tiger King Spin-Off Series About Him And Wife Lauren
Jeff Lowe has announced that a new Tiger King spin-off series is being made about him and his wife Lauren.
Jeff said the 'reality TV series' will 'divulge a lot more information about the relationship' between himself and Joe Exotic - who is currently serving a 22-year prison sentence having been convicted in 2019 of attempting to hire a hitman to kill Big Cat Rescue CEO, Carole Baskin.
Jeff is due to open a new zoo, named Tiger King Park, in September and he said the show will document the process of transferring animals from the GW Exotic Zoo in Wynnewood to the new zoo in Thackerville, Oklahoma.
Speaking to PEOPLE, he said: "It'll be our narrative on the Tiger King with evidence to support our sides of the stories. And it will be about the transfer of all these beautiful animals from Joe's facility to the new facility.
"And then the day-to-day struggle of running something as big as a 60-acre animal park and all the intricacies of the employment of zookeepers and fighting all of the animal rights groups."
Lauren added: "Just showing the animals going from small enclosures to bigger enclosures. We just want to put a brighter light on things because everybody wants to put a horrible light on roadside zoos. Every zoo is off of a road."
Asked when we can expect to see the show, Jeff said: "We're just going to have to find out.
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"They haven't even given us an exact date of production. It's in pre-production right now. It's with The Content Group in California, and it will prove to be very, very informative.
"We're filming B-roll right now. It's hard with Covid-19 to put crews together and get them all out here, staying in hotels. It's just a little bit difficult, but I think they anticipate a few more weeks before they start all of the big camera filming."
The announcement comes after a court ruled earlier this week that Baskin will be handed control of the GW Exotic Zoo.
Baskin was awarded the property after Judge Palk ruled it was fraudulently transferred by Exotic to his mother to avoid paying her a settlement in a trademark infringement lawsuit.
The ruling states that Jeff must vacate the land within 120 days and remove all of the animals too.
It reads: "It is further ordered, to effectuate the equitable relief awarded in this case, that GWDG (Greater Wynnewood Development Group): (1) shall vacate the premises of the Zoo Land within 120 days of the date of service of this Order on GWDG, which vacation of premises shall also require removal of all zoo animals from the Zoo Land."
Baskin subsequently offered to help rehome the animals, however, Jeff said this would not be necessary.
In a statement, he said: "Although I am not personally named in the lawsuit, it appears that Carole Baskin and her desire to exact revenge against Joe Exotic trumps the livelihood of the families that came together to save her life.
"Without our efforts, it is well known that Carole would no longer be here. We anticipated Carole Baskin gaining title to the former park that once belonged to Joe Exotic many years ago. It is my understanding that she will also be taking the cages from the zoo, which thankfully means that the animals that she has will finally have the proper amount of space to move around."
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