July 31, 2013
Internationally recognized for its policies of environmental conservation, the Central American republic of 4.5 million in population remains 52.3% under forested coverage, with National Parks and reserves spanning approximately 30% of national territory. Sandwiched amid the ecological havens of Nicaragua and Panamá, the isthmus country furthermore hosts 4.5% of the planet’s biodiversity.
“The Ministry (of Environment and Energy) has the responsibility to respond to increasing environmental awareness of Costa Rica, which does not want to see animals sanctioned to cages. This is an old idea that no longer is popularly accepted with Costa Ricans, something we could have done before, but something never too late,” René Castro, Minister of Environment and Energy proclaimed.
Last week, Mrs. Castro and other governmental authorities stated during a press conference that the Conservation Center of Santa Ana, located west of the capital, and the Simón Bolívar Zoo, in central San José, will be responding to “a change of Costa Rican environmental awareness”, and “will be modified by May 14th, 2014”.
Transitioning Public Accessibility To Natural Wonders From Captivity To A Conveniently Accessible Natural State
Approximately 400 animals and 71 species of exotic mammals, birds, fish, and reptiles inhabit the famous Simón Bolívar Zoo alone, an institution established by decree in 1919 and made available to public access by 1921.
Since its inaugural opening, it has hosted local endangered fauna such as the jaguar, puma, macaw, crocodile, flamingo, tapir, deer and monkeys, as well as species from abroad, such as the giraffe and African lion.
Unable to search out homes for all animals currently residing in the two zoos, the government will take them into care through the National System of Conservation Areas. For others under proper conditions, they will be relocated with the assistance of NGOs to animal rescue centers or to a variety of the nation’s extensive and remote National Parks.
Meanwhile, the substantial project and undertaking of transforming the zoos will be placed into the hands of the Fundazoo Foundation, which aims to establish new inner-city parks dedicated to scientific research and education, opening to the public an environment which seeks to attract the abundance of native fauna to the grounds in place of caging them.
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LatinAmericaNow.com | Date: 07/31/2013