|
|
|
|
Search: 
Latin American Herald Tribune
Venezuela Overview
Venezuelan Embassies & Consulates Around The World
Sites/Blogs about Venezuela
Venezuelan Newspapers
Facts about Venezuela
Venezuela Tourism
Embassies in Caracas

Colombia Overview
Colombian Embassies & Consulates Around the World
Government Links
Embassies in Bogota
Media
Sites/Blogs about Colombia
Educational Institutions

Stocks

Commodities
Crude Oil
US Gasoline Prices
Natural Gas
Gold
Silver
Copper

Euro
UK Pound
Australia Dollar
Canada Dollar
Brazil Real
Mexico Peso
India Rupee

Antigua & Barbuda
Aruba
Barbados
Cayman Islands
Cuba
Curacao
Dominica

Grenada
Haiti
Jamaica
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Belize
Costa Rica
El Salvador
Honduras
Nicaragua
Panama

Bahamas
Bermuda
Mexico

Argentina
Brazil
Chile
Guyana
Paraguay
Peru
Uruguay

What's New at LAHT?
Follow Us On Facebook
Follow Us On Twitter
Most Viewed on the Web
Popular on Twitter
Receive Our Daily Headlines


  HOME | Central America

Costa Rica Aims for Zoos without Cages

SAN JOSE The government of Costa Rica announced Monday that it will transform its two zoos into botanical gardens or urban parks in order to eliminate the practice of displaying caged animals.

Simon Bolivar Zoo in downtown San Jose, and the Santa Ana Conservation Center west of the capital, will be modified in response to a change of environmental conscience among Costa Ricans, Environment and Energy Minister Rene Castro told a press conference.

The wide variety of creatures living in these zoos goes from birds and small mammals like monkeys and tapirs to large felines including jaguars and a lion to crocodiles and other reptiles.

Deputy Environment Minister Ana Lorena Guevara said she is working with animal-rescue organizations to relocate the specimens in these zoos and return to the wild those that are suitable.

If a home cannot be found for all the animals, the government will take charge of them through the National System of Conservation Areas.

Simon Bolivar Zoo, open to the public since 1921, will be transformed in May 2014 into a botanical garden for educational and research purposes, where many species of birds, small mammals, reptiles and other animals are expected to arrive naturally.

In the case of the Santa Ana Conservation Center, Castro said the government is working with the community to determine exactly what form the transformation will take.

Costa Rica, internationally recognized for its policies of environmental conservation, is a small country of 4.5 million people that is home to 4.5 percent of the biodiversity on the planet.

Some 52.3 percent of Costa Rican territory is covered by woodland and close to 30 percent of the country is maintained under the protection of national parks and forest reserves. EFE


 

Enter your email address to subscribe to free headlines (and great cartoons so every email has a happy ending!) from the Latin American Herald Tribune:

 

Copyright Latin American Herald Tribune - 2005-2019 © All rights reserved