Court Decision Could Overrule Zoo Prohibition in Costa Rica

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    The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – A ruling of the Administrative Court precludes the government of Costa Rica from regaining control of two zoos and ending the practice of caging animals, reported the Pro Zoos (Fundazoo) Foundation.

    In the ruling last Friday, the Court vindicated Fundazoo, who had argued that the Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE) belatedly informed their decision not to renew the management contract of the Simon Bolivar Zoo and the Conservation Center of Santa Ana, both in San Jose and inhabited by about 500 animals of 71 local and exotic species.

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    The contract, which ended in May, specified that it would automatically renew for ten years if the parties did not decide anything with a period of notice.

    “This was a summary procedure in which (the Court) concluded that both parks will continue to be operated by the Foundation for ten years,” said Fundazoo.

    MINAE has not yet ruled on the Court’s decision, after they announced last July that they were ending the contract, but Fundazoo argued that the deadline for making that decision expired in August 2012.

    The Ministry had planned to end the practice of caging animals and convert zoos or botanical gardens in city parks where species come naturally.

    Costa Rica, which is internationally recognized for its environmental conservation policies, is a small country of 4.7 million people that is home to 4.5% of the planet’s biodiversity.

    It also has forest coverage of 52.3% and has national parks and reserves of around 30% of its territory. ACAN-EFE

    The Costa Rica News (TCRN)

    San Jose, Costa Rica

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