LOS ANGELES — “Tiger King” star Jeff Lowe, the former business partner at the private wildcat zoo featured in the hit Netflix series, has been ordered to surrender his cubs and their mothers after the death of two young tigers in his care.
Lowe and his wife Lauren were also ordered not to put animals on public exhibit without a license in a federal court ruling issued in Oklahoma last week, according to a U.S. Justice Department statement on Tuesday.
“The Lowes have shown a shocking disregard for both the health and welfare of their animals, as well as the law,” Jonathan Brightbill at the Justice Department’s Environmental and Natural Resources Division, said in the statement.
Lowe’s attorney did not respond on Tuesday to a request for comment.
Lowe is the former business partner of flamboyant Oklahoma zoo keeper Joe Exotic, whose story was featured in the hit 2020 Netflix series “Tiger King.” He is working on opening a new park in 2021 in Oklahoma for big cats called Tiger King Park.