Monday, January 28, 2008

Tiger review team examines safety at San Francisco Zoo

Tiger review team examines safety at San Francisco Zoo
By Associated Press
Article Launched: 01/28/2008 02:25:25 PM PST
A team of tiger experts is examining the big cat grotto at the San Francisco Zoo, where a San Jose teenager was killed and two others injured in an attack Christmas Day.
Zoo spokeswoman Lora LaMarca said the three-person team sent by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, which accredits facilities nationwide, arrived Saturday. The review is expected to be wrapped today, but the findings would not immediately be released.
At a city committee hearing today, officials said grotto renovations, including raising the wall around the tiger exhibit, would be done by early February.
The new exhibit is set to include barriers at least 19 feet high - nearly seven feet higher than the wall at the time of the attack that killed 17-year-old Carlos Sousa Jr. and injured Paul Dhaliwal, 19, and Kulbir Dhaliwal, 23. After the mauling, zoo officials acknowledged the wall was four feet shorter than the AZA recommended.

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