San Francisco Zoo exec. dir. retires 6 mos. after tiger attack

San Francisco Zoo exec. dir. retires 6 mos. after tiger attack

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) ? The executive director of the San Francisco Zoo has resigned almost six months after a Christmas Day tiger attack killed a teenager and injured two others.
A statement from the zoo says Manuel Mollinedo, who led the San Francisco Zoological Society since 2004, will retire.

Mollinedo and zoo staff were criticized after a tiger escaped from its pen, killing 17-year-old Carlos Sousa Jr. After the teen’s death, it was revealed that the wall surrounding the tiger’s enclosure was 4 feet lower than recommended industry standards.

The society’s board says in its statement that it “greatly appreciates his efforts and wishes him well in his retirement.”


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