Mahon named as new Honolulu Zoo director

Published  2:02 PM HST Jul 12, 2013

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell announced Friday that the city hired Jeffrey Mahon as the new Honolulu Zoo director.

Mahon started work at the Honolulu Zoo Friday morning.

Mahon graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Oceanography and holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Zoology, with a concentration in Behavioral Ecology from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa.

He has served at various underwater facilities and aquariums around the world, most recently at the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center as the Director of Exhibits and Animal Husbandry.

"We are very fortunate to welcome Dr. Mahon back to Hawaii," said Mayor Caldwell.  "Dr. Mahon's background in developing world-class exhibits and creating new programs that will reach out to a wider audience of residents, students and visitors is very exciting for the future of the Zoo."

Prior to his work in Virginia, Mahon was a curatorial director and responsible for four facilities in Asia including Underwater World Singapore and Dolphin Lagoon in Singapore, Underwater World Pattaya in Thailand, and Chengdu Hawpar Oceanarium in China.  He also served as the general curator and facilities manager of Underwater World Guam.

Mahon's military experience includes serving in the U.S. Navy on the nuclear submarine USS Buffalo and as a Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve, retiring in 2008.

Mahon produced several popular exhibits that drew international acclaim and significantly increased visitor-ship.  These include the following:

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