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Honolulu Zoo director resigning

By Gordon Pang

LAST UPDATED: 03:16 p.m. HST, Feb 08, 2013

Honolulu Zoo director Manuel Mollinedo is resigning effective March 1. 

In a letter this week to Mayor Kirk Caldwell, Mollinedo said, “I am especially proud of being able to mobilize zoo staff and city resources so that the zoo could be accredited as a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.” 

He also noted that during his tenure, the city completed a long-stalled elephant habitat and a new zoo entrance. 

Mollinedo was hired by former Mayor Peter Carlisle in December 2010. He had been executive director and president of the San Francisco Zoological Society from 2004 to 2008. He previously also had been director of the Los Angeles Zoo. 

He had been chosen from a pool of eight applicants by an independent selection panel.

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kuhioprince wrote:
Leaving after only 2 years? Why?
on February 8,2013 | 11:47AM
1local wrote:
caldwell owes a favor...
on February 8,2013 | 06:29PM
soundofreason wrote:
Caldwell found out he doesn't have a criminal record. Not a good fit.
on February 8,2013 | 06:52PM
allie wrote:
yikes..he just started
on February 8,2013 | 12:11PM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
Probably got a better opportunity. I remember there was some controversy when he was first appointed but he seemed to d0 a good job here. We visited the zoo a couple of months ago and were impressed by the improvements. Getting the Honolulu Zoo accredited again was a heck of an accomplishment. Oh well, hope he does well in whatever his next job is.
on February 8,2013 | 12:38PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
Sorry but I think the new entrance was unnecessary and a complete waste of tax payer dollars. The money should have been spent on the exhibits for the benefit of the inhabitants. There was nothing wrong with the old entrance.
on February 8,2013 | 12:45PM
allie wrote:
on February 8,2013 | 01:20PM
honopic wrote:
Really, allie? Tell the truth -- when was the last time you went to the zoo? Ever? Your compulsion to comment on every news item continues to puzzle me, since most of the time it's obvious you know very little about the subject Is it just attention you seek?
on February 8,2013 | 07:22PM
luv2play wrote:
looks like she's getting it.
on February 8,2013 | 10:48PM
entrkn wrote:
Thank you for your service Mr Mollinedo... I wish you would stay longer and continue to improve our zoo.
on February 8,2013 | 01:57PM
cojef wrote:
Probably saw handwriting on the wall that "3rd world" style politics was not for him, plus he probably got a better offer.
on February 8,2013 | 04:16PM
Bdpapa wrote:
I think so too!
on February 8,2013 | 07:58PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
He heard that "rail done right" means having the train go through the Animals of the Savannah exhibit.
on February 8,2013 | 05:55PM
soundofreason wrote:
That's how they're pitching it. In reality that route is what is need to get around the human remains ;)
on February 8,2013 | 06:54PM
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