Did San Francisco give up too much control, let its zoo run wild?

Source: Wyatt Buchanan, San Francisco Chronicle (CA), Tuesday, January 8, 2008

San Francisco leaders are considering changes to the 15-year-old agreement that turned over control of the city’s zoo to a nonprofit group, effectively relinquishing the city’s direct oversight of an institution that at the time faced the loss of its accreditation because of conditions that one report described as “literally disgraceful.”

Mayor Gavin Newsom ordered the Recreation and Park Commission on Monday to hold a special public hearing into last month’s attack by one of the zoo’s tigers, which killed one visitor and injured two others. The hearing, Newsom said, would review the management agreement between the city and the San Francisco Zoological Society to “further investigate how this incident could have happened and how we can prevent future incidents.”