Costa Rica to Close Zoos

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In an attempt to take wildlife protection in a new direction, Costa Rica has decided to close all the country's public zoos and open cages where animals have been kept.

According to CNN, Environment Minister Rene Castro said the country is introducing a "no cages" policy for its animals.

The government plans to close the Simon Bolivar Zoo in San Jose and transform it into a botanical garden. Costa Rica's Santa Ana Conservation Center will be turned into a park. The animals from these facilities will be released into the wild or sent to animal sanctuaries.

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