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Costa Rica Ends Caged Enclosures at Public Zoos, Embraces Natural Interactions

Rodrigo Mejia

Costa Rica will do away with caged animals at their public zoos, returning some 60 unique species into the wild while others wait to be transported to rescue centers.
"We're going to get rid of cages and reinforce the concept of a botanical park so the biodiversity can be shown and interacted with in a natural manner," said Rene Castro, Costa Rica's minister for energy and the environment.
The motion has drawn opposition from Fundazoo, the chief operator of the nation's 2 working zoos.

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