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‘Tiger King’ zoo closes to public after federal license suspended

USDA inspection found multiple animal welfare violations

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The Oklahoma zoo from the Netflix “Tiger King” documentary announced it’s closing to the public after its federal animal exhibition license was suspended.

The USDA says it suspended the license for Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park and its owner, Jeffrey Lowe, on Monday.

An inspection found multiple animal welfare violations, including several repeat violations.

Lowe and the previous owner, "Joe Exotic" whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage, were among the characters in the Netflix hit "Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness."

A post to the park's Facebook page said the park will, for the foreseeable future, be a private film set for Tiger King-related TV content.

It also said animal rights groups pressured the USDA to unfairly shut them down.