HONOLULU (AP) — There's a new director at the Honolulu Zoo.
Jeffrey Mahon (MAN') started work Friday morning. He has worked at various underwater facilities and aquariums around the world. Most recently he was director of exhibits and animal husbandry at the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center.
He has also worked in Singapore, Thailand, China and Guam.
He replaces Manuel Mollinedo, who resigned effective March 1. Mollinedo became zoo director in December 2010. During his leadership, the Honolulu Zoo earned accreditation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
Mayor Kirk Caldwell says Mahon's background in developing world-class exhibits will enhance the zoo's future appeal.
Mahon served in the U.S. Navy on the nuclear submarine USS Buffalo and as a commander in the Navy Reserve, retiring in 2008.