Costa Rica's zoos have been criticized by environmentalists in the past for having cramped cages and unsanitary conditions. These claims have been denied by zoo officials.
Simon Bolivar Zoo's veterinarian argues that the animals should not be released back into the wild or sent to
"If they close it down, none of the animals here could be released. Most have permanent injuries. Even though they have been treated, these injuries prevent them from flying or seeing well," veterinarian Randall Arguedas told Teletica. "Some have simply lost their natural instincts. In other words, they will always have to live in captivity."
Despite Arguedas claims, the Central American country will be following through with its initial plan which officials believe is the best way to protect Costa Rica's wildlife.