Jeff Lowe (Tiger King) Bio, Age, Wife, Nanny, Store, Now, Legal Battles
Jeff Lowe Biography
Jeff Lowe is the co-owner of Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park together with his wife Lauren Lowe. The park which was previously owned by Joseph Maldonado-Passage, a.k.a. Joe Exotic.
Jeff Lowe Tiger King Age
Jeff Lowe Background
According to the Wynnewood Zoo website Lowe was raised around big cats as his grandfather was the founder of Robbin’s Brothers Circus which he later sold to Ringling Brothers where he continued to work for years.
Jeff Lowe Wife
Jeff is married to Lauren Dropa Lowe. They both run the zoo, Jeff said that Lauren handles the emails sent to the CEO of the GW Exotic Animal Park and also helps in taking care of the animals. The couple has one child together – Sarah Lowe.
Jeff Lowe Netflix Tiger King
Lowe is featured in Netflix’s documentary ‘Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness’ which follows the life of Joe Exotic. Lowe appears on the show with his wife Lauren and explains that he first met Joe Exotic when he tried to buy a cub from him in 2015. When he realized how bad Joe’s financial situation was, he decided to invest in the zoo and keep some of his own animals there.
In 2018 Lowe was charged with keeping exotic animals like a lemur, liger, and tiger in his Las Vegas home without a proper license. He entered a plea agreement which required him to pay a $10,000 fine and his animals were seized.
When Joe Exotic filed for bankruptcy Lowe and his wife bought the zoo and became its new owners. When he learnt that Joe was vbeing investigated by the federal government for a murder-for-hire scheme to kill Baskin, he became an informant. He helped the government build its case, which eventually led to Exotic’s arrest, conviction, and imprisonment.
Jeff Lowe Nanny
Jeff and his wife have a nanny known as Masha Diduk who is a model. According to TMZ Masha sais that she actually is a nanny for Lowe’s and Lauren’s daughter despite people saying she was just hired for the appearance on TV interview.
She revealed that she actually met Jeff and Lauren 4 years ago in Las Vegas, where she works as a model, back when they drove to Sin City with a few tiger cubs. She says she was hired by the couple in September to work part time during business hours at Jeff’s Oklahoma zoo.
She added that her Vegas work has dried up because of the coronavirus pandemic and Jeff’s been busy moving the zoo to a new location, so she really has been with the family taking care of baby Sarah.
Jeff Lowe Store
Lowe owned Beaufort Liquidation, a warehouse business. He launched a short-lived discount clothing venture with Mayor Billy Keyserling and Keyserling’s brother. He once claimed that his Beaufort Liquidation store is the smallest of 13 partner companies in Florida and North Carolina, and that his operation in Charlotte has also been the site of filming for a reality television show.
In the spring of 2014 he was forced to close the store as it was too close to Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort. He reopened the store as an indoor market and it featured a home for his cats, a United States Department of Agriculture license to display two tigers and one lion, and free guided tours that immediately came under scrutiny by Beaufort County.
Lowe also claims he has animals in a facility in Wynnewood, Okla., which is also the location of the Garold Wayne Interactive Zoological Park. He said the animals were in a separate facility, though he has plans to buy the zoo as well.
Joe, the owner of the zoo, however, denied the claims adding that Lowe had visited the zoo though it’s not for sale and he’s not aware of any other big cats in Wynnewood.
Jeff Lowe Legal Battles
Lowe was sued by Prince in 2007 for allegedly selling clothes with his trademarked symbol on them. On his zoo’s website he alleges that he has worked with Prince claims that are refuted by Dale Atkins from Prince’s legal team who told City Pages;
“The thing about him [Lowe] working with Prince… I’m not gonna call him a liar, but based on any information I have, he never worked for Prince – unless you call getting sued working for him.”
In 2008 he pleaded guilty to federal mail-fraud charges in the USA for posing as an employee of the Citizens Opposed to Domestic Abuse charity in order to obtain $1 million worth of merchandise that he later resold.
According to The Beaufort Gazette, Lowe alleged that he was never arrested but the court records show that he was indicted in 2007 on four counts of fraud and accused of falsely acquiring goods meant for CODA between 2003 and 2005, and selling them in his warehouse. According to the bond agreement he was released on his own recognizance and pleaded guilty one year later to one count of fraud as part of a plea agreement to provide “detailed financial information to the United States Probation Office.” He was sentenced to one year probation and agreed to make a $10,000 donation to CODA in lieu of a fine.
Where Is Jeff Lowe Now
Lowe has a zoo which was initially called The Garold Wayne Exotic Animal Memorial Park or the G.W. Zoo in memory of his late brother. He has since renamed the zoo to the Greater Wynnewood Zoo. He has opened another wildlife park called the Oklahoma Zoo. He posted a statement of Facebook explaining why he’s distancing the wildlife park from Exotic’s legacy and illegal activities.
“We think it’s best to let this zoo die with Joe’s conviction and not make the next generation of animals to live here forever suffer his outrageous behavior and reputation. There is so much more to be revealed about Joe and his crimes against animals and we don’t want to be associated with him any longer.”