Spectacular birds receive new home at zoo in city

Scarlet macaws at the zoo in north San José have a new home.

The emblematic bird (Ara macao), known as the lapa roja in Spanish took over the space that once was occupied by peacocks. There was a complete remodeling, said a spokesperson for the Fundación Pro Zoológicos, which operates the Parque Zoológico y Jardín Botánico Nacional Simón Bolívar.

The new area for the birds is part of an improvement plan that includes reconstruction of a food preparation area, 16 new spaces for various birds, remodeling of the entrance and murals.

The zoo also has remodeled the veterinary clinic, which was built in 1993. Since then the zoo has increased the number of species that require care.

The zoo is in north San José.

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