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August 5, 2013

No cages in Costa Rica

Government to end cage displays, release zoo animals into the wild.

A lion at the Simon Bolivar zoo in Costa Rica (FLICKR/ Bolívar Rojas-Vargas)

Costa Ricans and tourists looking to interact with the country's incredible biodiversity soon won't be able to do so at a zoo. The Costa Rican government announced Monday that it will transform its two zoos into urban parks in order to eliminate the practice of caging animals. Citing  "a change of environmental conscience among Costa Ricans", Environment and Energy Minister René Castro said that much of the zoos' wildlife will be released into the island's forest preserves. 

Netizens shared the news of the zoo closures with images of caged animals at Simon Bolivar and Santa Ana conservation centers.