Palm Beach Zoo President and CEO Andrew Aiken has resigned, the zoo announced Tuesday morning.
“The Board is grateful for Mr. Aiken's leadership and for the work he has done over the last six years,” said Zoo Chairman, Michele Kessler said in a statement.“
The zoo said a national search will begin for his replacement.
Aiken's resignation comes after two bush dogs died at the zoo earlier this month when water was left on at the exhibit.
Also, Palm Beach County Zoo employee Stacey Konwiser was killed in a tiger attack in April 2016.
“I’m not going to comment on any speculation that might be out there as to something being behind this other than this is a resignation,” said the zoo’s spokesperson Naki Carter.
In fact, Carter said the zoo enjoyed record attendance this last year.
“He has stepped down. We have acquired a company that is helping us conduct a national search for a replacement. We thank him for his service. We thank him for his leadership.”