• The wild Tiger King docuseries is still thrilling fans.
  • But viewers are wondering just what happened to the animal park after Joe Exotic went to jail.
  • Here's what we know about the status of the G.W. Zoo.

By now, you've either binged the Tiger King docuseries, or you still haven't watched and you're wondering why everyone keeps talking about an eccentric man with a mullet or a woman who many suspect killed her husband.

The documentary features an inside look into the world of big cat breeders/zoo owners, with a specific focus on Joe Exotic , a man who once called himself the largest breeder of tigers in the country. However, it's Joe's zoo that also led to his downfallin April 2018 he was found guilty for animal abuse/wildlife violations (he reportedly killed five tigers and illegally sold tiger cubs), and he was also convicted for trying to hire a hit man to kill rival Carole Baskin .

Joe was sentenced to 22 years in prison in January 2020, and he's currently being held at the Grady County Jail in Oklahoma. But since he will be in jail for such a long time, fans are curious to know what happened to Joe's animal park and the animals he kept there.

Is Joe Exotic's zoo still open?

Joe Exotic's zoo is still open and running , and as seen in the series, Joe's former colleague, Jeff Lowe, is now in charge. Lowe partnered with Tim Stark, the owner of nonprofit organization Wildlife in Need, to keep the zoo open, but Refinery 29 has reported that the Indiana Attorney General has filed a lawsuit against Stark and Wildlife in Need for animal abuse and misappropriation of assets.

The filmmakers behind Tiger King, Eric Goode and Rebecca Chaiklin, recently spoke to Entertainment Weekly , and Goode revealed that the zoo was not in good shape. "All I can tell you is that he [Jeff Lowe] is basically operating on fumes. No one is going now and theres no source of income, and that's been going on for a long time," Goode said. "It's not something that has just happened because of what's happening in the world today."

A tiger at Joe Exotic
A tiger at Joe Exotic
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Goode also said that he's unsure about what would happen to the zoo's animals: "It's anyone's guess as to what's going to happen to them. Some will be placed, but I would suspect a lot of them will die from starvation, and probably be put down. And this is probably true for a lot of operations around the country right now that keep exotic animals, and even big zoos are struggling right now to keep their animals."

However, Lowe and his wife Lauren say that the zoo and the animals are in great shape. "Since we took over, the zoo has spent thousands upon thousands getting every animal the medical treatment and proper diets that greed robbed them of," the zoo's Facebook page posted on March 11. "We defy anyone to find a mistreated or neglected animal here. We are one of the few zoo owners in America with a spotless USDA history."

However, the Oklahoman previously reported that Lowe also had plans to build a new zoo in a new location, and it's called the Oklahoma Zoo (not be confused with the Oklahoma City Zoo). The Oklahoma Zoo's Instagram page states that it'll be open this summer, but it's unclear if that's still true.