A 21-year-old transient who bypassed a fence, a moat and electric wires to throw himself into a grizzly bear enclosure at the San Francisco Zoo appeared “zombielike” — an affect that likely saved his life — as one of the 500-pound animals sniffed at his shoes, zoo officials said. Read More
Santa Claus and his reindeer are among the casualties of the San Francisco Zoo’s financial troubles.
The zoo is canceling night tours and will limit free Wednesday admission for city residents. It’s also canceling the holiday ice rink and all related events, including the annual visit from Santa. Read More
The underfunded San Francisco Zoo will not have to make drastic changes to transform into a rescue center.
Operations of the zoo came under close scrutiny following last year’s Christmas Day attack, when a tiger escaped from its enclosure and mauled three young men, killing one. After the incident, city officials immediately began to investigate the facility’s operatons. The attack also exposed faulty animal enclosures. Read More
The cost to get into the San Francisco Zoo could increase by $4 for most patrons starting in September — and could nearly triple for teens who live in The City.
The zoo faces a $1.5 million revenue shortfall in the coming budget year, and is banking on a hike in ticket prices, along with more donations, to help cover ongoing operating costs. Read More
A trial scheduled to begin Monday for Kulbir Dhaliwal, 27, one of two brothers injured in the fatal Christmas Day tiger attack at San Francisco Zoo, was continued to Oct. 27, a spokesman for the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office said.
He faces charges of public intoxication and obstructing an officer in connection with an incident involving San Jose police on Sept. 7, said district attorney spokesman Nick Muyo. Read More