Parque Bolívar zoo plans to mark its 98th birthday this weekend

The zoo in north San José says it will celebrate its 98th anniversary Saturday and Sunday. Guided tours are planned as well as workshops for all levels of school children, an announcement said.

The correct title is the Parque Zoológico y Jardín Botánico Nacional Simón Bolívar. The event is being called the Feria de Educación Ambiental. The foundation that operates the zoo, the Fundación Pro Zoológicos, said it plans to outline the environmental education offered there.

The program is in conjunction with the Museo Nacional, the Fundación Rapaces de Costa Rica, the Organización de Estudios Tropicales and the Jardín Botánico Else Kientzler. Admissions are charged.

The Laura Chinchilla administration nearly closed down the zoo because the president and some members of the government disagreed with the philosophy of caging animals.

They planned to turn the area into a garden.

The foundation won a court battle extending its contract.

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