FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 17, 2016
Public Relations Manager
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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Zoo officials confirmed the tiger that was involved in the fatal incident with 38-year-old zookeeper Stacey Konwiser will remain at the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society.
Zoo officials are assisting the Konwiser family with both funeral arrangements and a private ceremony. The Konwiser family has asked that the media respect their privacy as they mourn this tragic loss. Husband Jeremy, a three-year zoo employee, issued a brief statement to his colleagues on Saturday.
Zoo officials reached out to the Konwiser family to establish a fund in the beloved zookeeper’s memory. Details about the ‘Stacey Konwiser Tiger Conservation Fund’ can be found on Palm Beach Zoo’s website at www.palmbeachzoo.org.
Konwiser was a well-liked member of the Palm Beach Zoo family, who had just passed her three-year anniversary at the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accredited organization.
During a 5 p.m. press conference on Sunday, spokeswoman Naki Carter, confirmed the matter remains under investigation with the West Palm Beach Police Department, OSHA, USDA, Florida Fish & Wildlife and the AZA.
The male Malayan tiger is part of an ongoing breeding program through the AZA. The tiger is one of around 250 Malayan tigers in existence. Four Malayan tigers currently live at Palm Beach Zoo.
The zoo plans to reopen for the first time since the devastating incident on Monday, April 18 at 9 a.m. This marks the first human fatality in the 60-year history of the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society.
“As a family we will remember Stacey and move forward with the work in which she dedicated her life,” Carter said.
About the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society
The Zoological Society of the Palm Beaches exists to inspire people to act on behalf of wildlife and the natural world. We advance our conservation mission through endangered species propagation, education and support of conservation initiatives in the field. Our commitment to sustainable business practices elevates our capacity to inspire others. The Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society is located at 1301 Summit Boulevard in West Palm Beach, Florida. The Zoo is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day, except Thanksgiving and Christmas. For more information, visit www.palmbeachzoo.org.