“Tiger King” star Joe Exotic is once again publicly taking aim at someone over his beloved former zoo, but this time the focus isn’t on Carole Baskin or Jeff Lowe … because he’s frightfully upset at “Ghost Adventures” star Zak Bagans. The incarcerated ex-zookeeper issued a statement through his Instagram account over “Ghost Adventures” airing a recent special paranormal investigation at the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park in Garvin County, Oklahoma. Joe feels the show wasn’t genuinely haunting and takes major issues with some of the “facts” that played out on TV.
Dubbed, the “Horror at Joe Exotic Zoo,” Zak Bagans and his crew of paranormal investigators traveled to Oklahoma to meet up with Jeff Lowe, and some of the other “Tiger King” stars to investigate the mysterious grounds. Some of the main areas of focus included the lore of the zoo being built on an ancient Native American burial ground, and also the reports that the spirit of Travis Maldonado, who committed suicide on the property back in 2017, still lingers around.
After the “Ghost Adventures” episode aired this week on Travel Channel, Joe Exotic had a few hundred words to say about his feelings on Zak Bagans investigating his former stomping grounds.
“Just for the record, this Ghost Hunter show coming out about the zoo, lying comes so natural and automatic to Jeff Lowe. There was no leftover pipe of Travis’ to give to the museum. Jeff and his friends gathered up some crap from God knows where and are trying to get you to believe it’s mine.”
Joe Exotic, who is currently serving a 22-year sentence at the Federal Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas after being convicted on charges of murder for hire, also claimed that Zak Bagans may be in possession of stolen property after visiting his former zoo.
” If Jeff gave any items to Zak that did belong to me, they were not his to give away, so Zak Bagans received stolen property to put up in his museum. Who thinks that displaying the section of the wall where the bullet went through is tasteful for his museum, these people are sick. That zoo was more than just a zoo, it was a memorial to 152 people.”
Even though Joe Exotic is upset, he’s not denying that spirits do roam around the property at the “Tiger King” zoo, but he claims they’re upset over the new tenants.
“I do know for a fact there are spirits on that zoo and yes I bet they are so pissed off because of what Jeff, James and Carole did to THEIR memorial park that represented their memories. Jeff and Lauren may as well have gone to a cemetery and kicked over headstones because they did the same thing to those peoples’ memorials. Did any one of the staff try and stop Jeff and Lauren from tearing down Travis’ beautiful memorial? Travis’ energy was very positive when I was there, I can only imagine the energy left behind from Jeff and Lauren.”
Zak Bagans has yet to respond to Joe Exotic’s critique of the “Ghost Adventures” special.