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Ex-San Francisco Zoo Director To Lead Honolulu Zoo

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Manuel Mollinedo, former director of the San Francisco Zoo. (AP)

Manuel Mollinedo, former director of the San Francisco Zoo. (AP)

HONOLULU (AP) — The man who headed the San Francisco Zoo when a tiger attack killed a teenager there in 2007 has been appointed the new director of the Honolulu Zoo.

Manuel Mollinedo resigned from his post leading Northern California’s largest zoo six months after the attack. He assumed his new post this week.

Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle said in a statement Thursday Mollinedo’s zoo and park managerial experience would benefit the city.

Mollinedo led the San Francisco Zoo from 2004 to 2008 but he 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.

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