Costa Rica News – INBioparque is one of Costa Rica’s jewels, or it was. It is about to be closed for a year, as soon as SINAC takes it over on March 31st.
The reasoning is that SINAC doesn’t have the funds to operate the park and must make an alliance by way of a concession. The process to do so has been started but can take up to a year. (or in Tico time more than that)
The reason it was sold to the State in the first place was because of a debt to the bank that they couldn’t repay.
SINAC will maintain the park for the year it is closed.
INBio will have to lay off 32 people who were in charge of the park and relocate all the animals to other rescue centers.
The ultimate goal is to reopen it with a partner so that Costa Ricans and tourists can make use of the social and educational benefits of the ecological park.
The park has been referred to as “a lung in the middle of the city.”
It was known for fulfilling social needs in the community, working with volunteers including senior citizens and children from a special needs school, and giving classes on gardening and composting.
Hopefully the park will be up and running again soon so people can continue to learn about biodiversity.
Surprising that the Costa Rica government with all the funds it has from China for infrastructure and improvements none can be spent on this……