- Associated Press - Monday, January 5, 2015

HONOLULU (AP) - Honolulu Zoo director Jeffrey Wilkinson has announced his resignation less than a year after taking the position.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser (https://is.gd/XEh5Ay) reports a death in Wilkinson’s family prompted him to return to California to care for his elderly parents.

Wilkinson is the fourth director to resign over a five-year period.

When he began the job in April, Wilkinson did not have zoo experience. In a memorandum to zoo staff Sunday night, Wilkinson thanked co-workers for “the friendship and (camaraderie) you’ve shown this zoo greenhorn.”

Wilkinson is a graduate of Punahou School. Before taking the zoo job, he was chief operating officer of the Sacramento, California-based nonprofit St. John’s Program for Women and Children.

Assistant zoo director Baird Fleming will serve as acting director during the process to find a successor.

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Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, https://www.staradvertiser.com

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