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No, Costa Rica is not closing its zoos

In the spirit of setting the record straight, we at The Tico Times are starting a new occasional column called “For the record.” In this first column, we take apart the false news recently reported in online and international media that Costa Rica is closing its zoos.

Environment Ministry loses court battle to close Costa Rica’s zoos

Public zoos will remain open in Costa Rica for at least 10 more years following a court ruling last Friday. An administrative court ruled in favor of nonprofit group FUNDAZOO, which administers San José's Simón Bolívar Zoo and the Santa Ana Conservation Center, citing a contractual technicality that will allow the group to continue operating the zoos until 2024. The Environment Ministry, or MINAE, had said it would close both zoos in May.

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