Zoo will celebrate 95 years with special events this Sunday

Parque Zoológico Bolívar celebrates its 95th anniversary Sunday, And a lot of events are planned for the facility in Barrio Otoya in north San José.

The Museo de los Niños is participating to provide entertainment, said the Fundación Pro Zoológicos, which has managed the facility for the last 18 years.

In addition to the animals, the park has a number of plant species with explanatory placards.

The foundation explained that the park had its origins in a biological garden established in the vicinity of the Liceo de Costa Rica near what is now PlazaVíquez.. That was in 1884. There were animals, too, and they made so much
noise that they were moved to the zoo’s present location, the foundation said.

It was through an executive decree in 1916 that the zoo got its formal title: Jardín Botánico y Zoológico Nacional Simón Bolíver. The South American freedom fighter was recognized for his efforts to made countries of the Americas independent. July 24, Sunday, is his birthday.

The facility eventually became one of the nation’s parks. In addition to being a zoo, the park has an educational and cultural mission and works in conjunction with the Museo Nacional. The foundation also operates the Centro de Conservación in Santa Ana.

The activities start at 9 a.m. Sunday, and there is an admission.

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