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Tension at SF Zoo exposed in conflict over cancer-stricken monkey  
sfgate.com

A dispute about the euthanization of a cancer-stricken monkey at the San Francisco Zoo has highlighted growing tension between employees and management over animal care at the facility, which in the past decade has come under scrutiny following a tiger‚¬Ä¬ôs killing of a guest and the accidental crushing death of a baby gorilla. Zookeepers and other animal care workers at the facility have accused Executive Director Tanya Peterson of unnecessarily allowing a 15-month-old patas monkey to suffer for almost a week before it was put to sleep. Animal care workers and the veterinarian at the zoo agreed to euthanize the animal on April 7, but zookeepers said Peterson ordered them to halt the procedure until the animal showed more signs of slowing down. ‚¬Ä¬úHer need to control things essentially led to a week of the animal suffering when it didn‚¬Ä¬ôt need to,‚¬Ä¬Ě said Tim Jenkins, the union representative for the zookeepers, who wrote a letter Wednesday asking the American Zoological Association to investigate the case. Peterson said the zoo followed established procedures set by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums stating that directors should have final say on euthanasia. ‚¬Ä¬úMy staff and I created a process to attempt to capture the input of our various animal care experts as well as develop objective quality of life metrics,‚¬Ä¬Ě Peterson said. Jenkins said internal squabbling is common at the zoo, which faced criticism in 2015 after a baby gorilla was crushed by an electronic door in her enclosure. Peterson said one of the keepers had breached protocol by not keeping her hand on the door‚¬Ä¬ôs emergency stop button, but five zookeepers claimed the gorilla enclosure had a flawed layout, impeded views, faulty doors and inadequate staffing. Dr. Terry Maple, a gorilla expert at Florida Atlantic University hired by the zoo, recommended the zoo update its doors, require two keepers to be present in the enclosure when the gorillas are being moved, hire a full-time gorilla specialist and install a backup generator in the building.
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