Buenos Aires Zoo closes after 140 years and the animals will be transferred to sanctuaries or ecological reserves

The mayor of Buenos Aires announced a few days ago a project to convert the Buenos Aires Zoo into an eco-park with native animals rescued from illegal traffic. This will imply the transfer of most of its 1,500 animals, among which there are 11 in critical situation due to old age and diseases.

The government interrupted the private concession of the Zoo and announced that it will be transformed into an eco-park, with greater interaction from society and less participation from animals. “It does not give for more, we are making a historic decision to start a transformation process. We are convinced that this is not the right place to have these animals, ”said the mayor of Buenos Aires, Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, when announcing the project.

Buenos Aires Zoo closes after 140 years 

The 1,500 animals that are in the zoo will begin to be transferred in the coming weeks to sanctuaries and reserves in the country and abroad. Only the oldest animals or those whose transfer represents a serious risk to their lives will remain in the eco-park.

The eco-park will close its doors only for a few weeks and then reopen under State administration with its current appearance as a preliminary step to its transformation. The new managers will take that time to finish defining the situation of the employees, carry out an inventory, put an end to the concession and, ultimately, take charge of the entire property that, in addition to the animals, has 52 buildings declared Heritage of the City and National Historic Monument.

The only animals that will enter the eco-park will be individuals injured or rescued from traffic and then released into their natural habitat.

In the coming weeks, birds, some mammals and reptiles will be the first animals to move to the  Costanera Sur Ecological Reserve , a wooded area on the banks of the Rio de la Plata that covers about 450 hectares.

Adrian Sestelo, a zoo biologist, explained that this change does not happen overnight and involves extreme care for those more adult and exotic animals. “If it is an adult specimen, it can suffer and die in that transfer, then you have to evaluate it to define if you are really going to transfer it,” he said.

The orangutan Sandra, born in 1986 in the German zoo in Rostock and transferred to Buenos Aires in 1994, is one of those delicate cases, not only because of her health but because a court declared her a “non-human subject” last year with right to liberty .

The important thing about all this is that animals will have a better quality of life, now we hope that all zoos in the world will free the animals and follow the example of this.

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