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.”