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Costa Rica Plans to Close all Zoos, Freeing Creatures Back into the Wild

Are you ready for the most beautiful news you’ve heard all day?  In 2013 gorgeous worldwide attraction Costa Rica announced that would be the first ever country the world across to free every captive animal living in within its borders and shut down all zoos.  Costa Rica boasts 4% of all the known species on earth and is one of the most biodiverse locations on the planet- a major reason for Cosa Rica’s thriving tourism industry and healthy economy.

The only downside to this revolutionary news is a contract obligation which will force two of the country’s zoos to remain open for another ten years, due to a court ruling.  Activists, however, are appealing in favor of a government plan to convert the zoos into cage-free bio parks.

The national decision in Costa Rica to close all government operated zoos is part of a worldwide wave of environmental and consciousness that is raising questions about the historical political and social superiority of humans over various animal species.  Similar the game-changing  ruling in New York over the treatment of Chimpanzees, this revolutionary decision has naturally provoked support and resistance.


Treehugger reports that Costa Rica, being the first nation to entirely ban hunting as a pleasure sport, is now moving with more intention in the same direction by closing both of its only two operating zoos: the Simon Bolivar Zoo and the Santa Ana Conservation.  The intention behind such a dramatic act is the convey the respect deserved by wild creatures and their right to exist in a natural way.

Said the Environmental Minister René Castro, “We are getting rid of the cages and reinforcing the idea of interacting with biodiversity in botanical parks in a natural way.” 

“We don’t want animals in captivity or enclosed in any way unless it is to rescue or save them.”


Though the limitations in the contracts will keep most animals found in zoos in captivity for the next 10 years, the day when these contracts are finished will be a multi-species celebration of freedom and respect.  Animals who are not able to survive in their natural habitats will continue to receive care and treatment in rescue facilities and wildlife sanctuaries throughout the nation and as promised, zoos will be converted to natural bio-parks.



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