In the year since the loss of Lead Keeper Stacey Konwiser, the Palm Beach Zoo and Conservation Society has undergone a rigorous review of all safety procedures and protocols.
The Zoo spent six months working with investigators from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), following the incident on April 15, 2016. The federal agency confirmed that the Zoo did not violate any OSHA workplace regulations including the applicable general safety guidelines.
The Zoo adapted substantially all of the OSHA recommendations.
- The Zoo initiated an immediate review of all the safety protocols and procedures and implemented additional training with keepers.
- The Zoo installed cameras in the tiger night house to cover keeper access doors and transfer doors.
- The Zoo has also implemented a two-key system, meaning two different keys and two keepers must be present to enter an area that could be occupied by an animal.
Last month the Zoo was granted re-accreditation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) independent Accreditation Commissions. The AZA requires zoos and aquariums to successfully complete this intensive accreditation process every five years in order to be members of the Association.
“By meeting the highest standards, the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society is regarded as among the world’s best zoos and aquariums,” said AZA President and CEO Dan Ashe. “The Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society is a proven leader in the care and conservation of wildlife, and in inspiring people to take action to protect the natural world.”
To be accredited, the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society underwent a thorough review to ensure it has and will continue to meet ever-rising standards, which include animal care, veterinary programs, conservation, education, and safety.
“Not a day passes at the Palm Beach Zoo without remembering the fine work and dedication of our late colleague, Stacey Konwiser,” said Andrew Aiken, Zoo President and CEO.