Honolulu Zoo director resigning post on March 1
HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu Zoo Director Manuel Mollinedo is resigning his post effective March 1.
Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s office on Friday released Mollinedo’s resignation letter.
Mollinedo said in the letter dated Tuesday says he’s proud the Association of Zoos and Aquariums accredited the zoo. He says he’s proud of the Honolulu Zoo’s new entrance and elephant exhibit.
But Mollinedo wrote he hopes the city focuses on giving the zoo more autonomy and authority over the Honolulu Zoo Society.
He says this would bring zoo governance into compliance with Association of Zoos and Aquariums guidelines. He says this is critical to maintaining the zoo’s accreditation.
Mollinedo was head of the San Francisco Zoo before coming to Honolulu. He became Honolulu Zoo director in December 2010.