Though Costa Rica is small in size, it is rich in biodiversity. The country spreads across a mere 0.03% of the earth’s surface, but is blessed with lush forests that is home to 500 thousand unique organisms and represents over 4% of all the known species on Earth.
Some of the species from the wild have been captured and put in the cages of zoo in the country. But now, there is some good news for the animals. The Costa Rican government has declared plans to close its zoos as a step to restore natural order for all its animal inhabitants. The animals could now be free of the cold bars of cage.
The country’s Environmental Minister Rene Castro has been quoted as saying that they want to reinforce the idea of interacting with biodiversity in botanical parks more of a natural means.
He added that the government did not want animals to be put behind the bars of cages unless it is to rescue or save them. He addresses this move as a change of environmental conscience among Costa Ricans.
The move will come into effect from March 2014, the month in which the government’s contract with the organization that runs the zoo expires. With this, captive animals will be freed into the wild and Simon Bolivar Zoo and the Santa Ana Conservation Center will be transformed into urban parks where wildlife can visit and live freely as per their wish.
For many of the birds, mammals, reptiles and insects on zoo, the government is searching for most suited homes. Some animals could find their place in the nation’s rich forest areas, while those deemed unsuited for release will be sent to wildlife sanctuaries and rescues centers where they will be taken care.