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Animals head for freedom as Argentina closes zoo
Animals by the hundreds are being set free as Buenos Aires closes its 140-year-old Palermo zoo.
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An elephant named "Pupi" throws dirt on her body inside the former Buenos Aires Zoo in Argentina, Friday, July 1, 2016. The city government announced last week it will transform the city's zoo into an ecological park for a limited number of species, and begin with the transfer of birds of prey to natural reserves. Their plan to also transform the site into a conservation and research facility will take years while veterinarians decide which animals can be transferred to reserves, locally and abroad. Those who stay at the ecological park will live in what officials describe as much better conditions. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
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An owl peers from inside its cage at the former Buenos Aires Zoo in Argentina, Friday, July 1, 2016. The city government announced last week it will transform the city's zoo into an ecological park for a limited number of species, and begin with the transfer of birds of prey to natural reserves. Their plan to also transform the site into a conservation and research facility will take years while veterinarians decide which animals can be transferred to reserves, locally and abroad. Those who stay at the ecological park will live in what officials describe as much better conditions. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
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A peacock stands on a fence outside a souvenir shop inside the former Buenos Aires Zoo, Argentina, Friday, July 1, 2016. The city government announced last week it will transform the city's zoo into an ecological park for a limited number of species, and begin with the transfer of birds of prey to natural reserves. Their plan to also transform the site into a conservation and research facility will take years while veterinarians decide which animals can be transferred to reserves, locally and abroad. Those who stay at the ecological park will live in what officials describe as much better conditions. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
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A hippo swims inside the former Buenos Aires Zoo in Argentina, Friday, July 1, 2016. The city government announced last week it will transform the city's zoo into an ecological park for a limited number of species, and begin with the transfer of birds of prey to natural reserves. Their plan to also transform the site into a conservation and research facility will take years while veterinarians decide which animals can be transferred to reserves, locally and abroad. Those who stay at the ecological park will live in what officials describe as much better conditions. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
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Monkeys stand inside a cage at the former Buenos Aires Zoo in Argentina, Friday, July 1, 2016. The city government announced last week it will transform the city's zoo into an ecological park for a limited number of species, and begin with the transfer of birds of prey to natural reserves. Their plan to also transform the site into a conservation and research facility will take years while veterinarians decide which animals can be transferred to reserves, locally and abroad. Those who stay at the ecological park will live in what officials describe as much better conditions. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
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The white tiger looks out from behind a window inside its enclosure at the former Buenos Aires Zoo in Argentina, Friday, July 1, 2016. The city government announced last week it will transform the city's zoo into an ecological park for a limited number of species, and begin with the transfer of birds of prey to natural reserves. Their plan to also transform the site into a conservation and research facility will take years while veterinarians decide which animals can be transferred to reserves, locally and abroad. Those who stay at the ecological park will live in what officials describe as much better conditions. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
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Llamas walks inside the former Buenos Aires Zoo in Argentina, Friday, July 1, 2016. The city government announced last week it will transform the city's zoo into an ecological park for a limited number of species, and begin with the transfer of birds of prey to natural reserves. Their plan to also transform the current site into a conservation and research facility will take years while veterinarians decide which animals can be transferred to local reserves and abroad. Those who stay at the ecological park will live in what officials describe as much better conditions. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
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A mandrill sits inside his cage at the former Buenos Aires Zoo in Argentina, Friday, July 1, 2016. The city government announced last week it will transform the city's zoo into an ecological park for a limited number of species, and begin with the transfer of birds of prey to natural reserves. Their plan to also transform the site into a conservation and research facility will take years while veterinarians decide which animals can be transferred to reserves, locally and abroad. Those who stay at the ecological park will live in what officials describe as much better conditions. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
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A lion sits inside a cage at the former Buenos Aires Zoo in Argentina, Friday, July 1, 2016. The city government announced last week it will transform the city's zoo into an ecological park for a limited number of species, and begin with the transfer of birds of prey to natural reserves. Their plan to also transform the current site into a conservation and research facility will take years while veterinarians decide which animals can be transferred to local reserves and abroad. Those who stay at the ecological park will live in what officials describe as much better conditions. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
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An orangutan named "Sandra," photographed through a window, sits inside a cage at the former Buenos Aires Zoo in Argentina, Friday, July 1, 2016. The city government announced last week it will transform the city's zoo into an ecological park for a limited number of species, and begin with the transfer of birds of prey to natural reserves. Their plan to also transform the site into a conservation and research facility will take years while veterinarians decide which animals can be transferred to reserves, locally and abroad. But Sandra wonââ¬â¢t be going with them. Sheââ¬â¢ll stay in a larger, better enclosure than the one she now endures, said Javier Goldschtein of Forest Bank Foundation, a member of the commission overseeing transformation of the zoo. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
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Bird trainer Rocio Prieto holds out her arm for an owl named "Gordon" to perch on, during the owl's regular exercise regimen outside its cage at the former Buenos Aires Zoo in Argentina, Friday, July 1, 2016. The city government announced last week it will transform the city's zoo into an ecological park for a limited number of species, and begin with the transfer of birds of prey to natural reserves. Their plan to also transform the site into a conservation and research facility will take years while veterinarians decide which animals can be transferred to reserves, locally and abroad. Those who stay at the ecological park will live in what officials describe as much better conditions. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
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Bears roam inside their enclosed environment at the former Buenos Aires Zoo in Argentina, Friday, July 1, 2016. The city government announced last week it will transform the city's zoo into an ecological park for a limited number of species, and will begin with the transfer of birds of prey to natural reserves. Their plan to also transform the site into a conservation and research facility will take years while veterinarians decide which animals can be transferred to local reserves and abroad. Those who stay at the ecological park will live in what officials describe as much better conditions. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
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An owl named "Distinto" flies to her trainer inside a park as part of the birds exercise routine outside a cage at the former Buenos Aires Zoo, Argentina, Friday, July 1, 2016. The city government announced last week it will transform the city's zoo into an ecological park for a limited number of species, and begin with the transfer of birds of prey to natural reserves. Their plan to also transform the site into a conservation and research facility will take years while veterinarians decide which animals can be transferred to reserves, locally and abroad. Those who stay at the ecological park will live in what officials describe as much better conditions. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
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A baby monkey stands inside a cage at the former Buenos Aires Zoo in Argentina, Friday, July 1, 2016. The city government announced last week it will transform the city's zoo into an ecological park for a limited number of species, and begin with the transfer of birds of prey to natural reserves. Their plan to also transform the site into a conservation and research facility will take years while veterinarians decide which animals can be transferred to reserves, locally and abroad. Those who stay at the ecological park will live in what officials describe as much better conditions. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
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A bear sits on a branch inside the former Buenos Aires Zoo in Argentina, Friday, July 1, 2016. The city government announced last week it will transform the city's zoo into an ecological park for a limited number of species, and begin with the transfer of birds of prey to natural reserves. Their plan to also transform the site into a conservation and research facility will take years while veterinarians decide which animals can be transferred to reserves, locally and abroad. Those who stay at the ecological park will live in what officials describe as much better conditions. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
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Animals head for freedom as Argentina closes zoo

Animals by the hundreds are being set free as Buenos Aires closes its 140-year-old Palermo zoo.

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