Costa Rica announced that it is closing all of its zoos

The president of Costa Rica, Laura Chinchilla, confirmed via her Twitter account that zoos in the country will close and release the animals in ecological reserves.

The idea of the authorities of Costa Rica is to convert the animal parks Simón Bolívar and Conservation Center Santa Ana in urban parks where animals grow up free, those endangered or illness will be treated in nature reserves and other animals moved to ecological reserves where they were extracted.

The four hundred animals who called those zoos home will not be set loose on the street, but relocated to private rescue centers and, when possible, rehabilitated in order to be returned to the wild.

“We are getting rid of the cages and reinforcing the idea of interacting with biodiversity in botanical parks in a natural way,” said René Castro, Costa Rica’s Environment Minister.

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