Kivú, Costa Rica’s beloved lion, dies at 18
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Kivú, Costa Rica’s beloved lion, dies at 18

Katherine Stanley - February 19, 2017

Costa Rica's only lion, Kivú, whose treatment and living conditions caused vigorous public debate for years, passed away Friday at 10 p.m. The Ministry of the Environment…

Grecia, the toucan with the prosthetic beak, now receiving visitors
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Grecia, the toucan with the prosthetic beak, now receiving visitors

L. Arias - August 11, 2016

After a recovery period of over a year and a half, the famous toucan Grecia was relocated Wednesday to a new cage where the bird will be on…

Some Costa Rican cats – and the people who love them
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Some Costa Rican cats – and the people who love them

Mitzi Stark - August 8, 2016

It’s International Cat Day: a day to show your cat you care with tuna feasts, catnip toys and extra hugs and petting. Cats have made themselves at…

Inside Costa Rica’s Sloth Sanctuary: Horror show or a solution to a complicated issue?
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Inside Costa Rica’s Sloth Sanctuary: Horror show or a solution to a complicated issue?

Michael Krumholtz - August 1, 2016

CAHUITA, Limón -- There’s an area in the back of Costa Rica’s Sloth Sanctuary that most visitors do not see. More than 100 injured adult sloths are kept in rows…

Disfigured Costa Rican toucan stars in Discovery documentary
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Disfigured Costa Rican toucan stars in Discovery documentary

L. Arias - July 21, 2016

Images of the disfigured Costa Rican toucan Grecia, which lost most of its upper beak in an apparent attack, appeared last year in hundreds of news outlets around the world. Now…

New cases of animal abuse spark criticism of President Solís, lawmakers
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New cases of animal abuse spark criticism of President Solís, lawmakers

L. Arias - July 16, 2016

Public outrage sparked by Duke, the mutt that lost part of his upper jaw after suffering an apparent machete attack earlier this month, has turned toward President Luis Guillermo Solís and…

Ticos love their dogs but could be better owners, study finds
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Ticos love their dogs but could be better owners, study finds

L. Arias - June 29, 2016

More than half of Costa Rican households have one or two dogs, but not all dog owners know how to properly care for their pets, a recent study found.…

Signature collection for animal welfare bill referendum set for July
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Signature collection for animal welfare bill referendum set for July

L. Arias - June 1, 2016

Animal rights groups in July will begin collecting signatures across the country to approve a referendum in which citizens would vote on an animal welfare bill imposing stricter sanctions for animal cruelty. Under…

Lawmakers, citizen groups keep up fight for animal welfare bill
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Lawmakers, citizen groups keep up fight for animal welfare bill

L. Arias - May 6, 2016

Costa Rica's animal welfare bill, which seeks harsher punishment, including prison time, for abusing animals, faces an uncertain future after several lawmakers filibustered a vote on the bill…

Animal rights activists protest against Tico-style bullfights
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Animal rights activists protest against Tico-style bullfights

L. Arias - December 28, 2015

Dozens of animal rights’ activists gathered Friday evening during the opening of the Zapote Festival, east of San José, to demonstrate against one of the celebration’s main…