Jeff Lowe's Son Addresses Rumour Carole Baskin Is His Mum
Now that the Tiger King Park has reopened after US coronavirus restrictions have been eased, photos have emerged of an absolutely packed out zoo - proving the appetite for big cats is most certainly still going strong.
During stay-at-home advice over recent months, it's fair to say that the Tiger King saga has pretty much propped up the first half of 2020, and according to Jeff Lowe's son Taylor, he's had to fend off some pretty strong rumours - including being asked if Joe Exotic's enemy Carole Baskin was his mum.
An obviously very bored fan had a bit too much time on their hands and came up with the theory that Jeff Lowe was actually once married to Carole Baskin, and the pair had come up with the murder-to-hire scheme together. Far-fetched, I know, but as a result, Taylor was actually once asked if Baskin was his mom.
Taylor told LADbible: "It's hilarious, being in the position where I am one of the people in the background of this entire Tiger King thing, it just feels like everyone wants a piece of the story
"I had somebody send me a post of the article, where it said that Carole Baskin is possibly my mother? About ten minutes after it was on YouTube.
"I can categorically say that Carole Baskin is definitely not my mom. Definitely not."
He added: "My dad thinks it's hilarious too."
Taylor, who also looks after the Tiger King Park social media accounts, told us that the Lowes are planning on opening up a brand new 55 acre park, which will expand over time and will be located in Thackerville, Oklahoma.
The roadside zoo that Joe Exotic left behind, is still named Greater Wynewood Park, and is still pretty much the same as when it was abandoned by Joe, at great speed if you remember the documentary - but he did take some of the 'money cats' with him, which were 'gotten rid of'.
Taylor added: "Yeah, everything is the same as when dad took over. When Joe departed from the park, he kind of went around and picked up all the money cats and the money animals - the ones that were of value to him financially, and he kind of got rid of those.
"I can't really speak of the details because I don't know, when Joe parted ways he took those money cats, they were of value to him, mainly financial value as opposed to a sentimental relationship or that he was going to miss the cat."
And have they ever been seen again?
According to Taylor: "Not that I'm aware of, they may have been given to trusted friends, but he wanted to grab those and move on to the next thing."
Joe and Taylor have history; since his dad went into business with him, the pair even went skydiving together, and Taylor, who does videography, even filmed for some of his campaign videos (you know those ones on YouTube).
But when it comes to having an opinion on Joe on a personal basis, its not that easy.
Taylor said: "It really is hard to say. He's an interesting character - anyone who gets five minutes of his attention is going to be drawn in, for a list of reasons, but once you really get some time with him, and get to know him and build a relationship, he never has any good intentions.
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"I feel like at one point in his life, many, many years ago, he had a plan and an idea of what he wanted in his life, involving the cats and this lifestyle and he got blinded by it - with his ego, the attention, and, obviously, the Carole Baskin fiasco."
Taylor thinks that the fame and constant drama turned him into an 'entirely different person'.
"I only knew Joe for the final five years of it, and he lost control of it all and he's in the situation he's in now."
A recent Reddit AMA with Jeff Lowe certainly brought out a few secrets - namely some 'weird s***' that was found around the park when Joe left, which Lowe claimed included a 'disturbing' tape.
Taylor said: "It's funny, there's always been a handful of rumours in the park, there's always been crazy stories, you know, anything that happened at the park you are just never surprised. You'd hear something crazy and the next day it would be something crazier than before - it makes you forget that other crazy thing.
"I personally haven't seen them, but I've heard they've been found - I definitely believe it is a real thing, seeing it talked about by a few scattered people over the years, then actually someone coming up with it. I personally don't have an interest in seeing a screenshot or anything of this for proof so I don't want to see that to confirm it."
We were all absolutely glued to season one, so what about season two of The Tiger King?
Taylor hinted that there is more to come, but because of various non-disclosure agreements (NDAs), he can't give too much away.
While the Netflix show was huge for getting the word out there about the park when Jeff took over, sometimes not all publicity is good publicity.
Taylor said that the focus of the Lowes now is to get away from the image.
He added: "There's a lot of stigma around the park and how animals are treated because of Joe, we want to prove that that is not something that happens at every park, for us, better treatment for animals is definitely the goal."
Taylor added: "Our main goal for the new park is to transition all of the current species into larger and better habitats. The new property provides a much better landscape for these animals to live out the remainder of their lives.
"We are super excited to give the tigers and lions a larger home and better quality of life. The new parks will also provide better homes for the other species like our sloth, kangaroos, lemurs, reptiles, camel, wolves, bears, and all of the other species we house here.
"And finally the goal is to have extra available habitat for any future animals that needing rescue, and or better homes."
And what's on the cards for Jeff Lowe - new CEO of the The Tiger King Park?
Taylor added: "My dad always has lots going on, he has about four or five different things on the table, but all I can say is the Tiger King story is definitely not going to end there."
Featured Image Credit: Taylor Lowe/Netflix