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Save the Zoo Foundation: Postings about alleged deaths of animals are false


By John McPhaul

jpmcphaul@gmail.com


Save the Zoo Foundation President Lynette Matos said Thursday that information disseminated on social networks about the alleged death of animals at the Zoological Garden of Puerto Rico is false.


“It is always important to verify the information that we share on social media,” Matos said in a written statement. “On Tuesday, false images of the zoo in Puerto Rico ran that do not represent the reality of the animals that are cared for by Natural Resources [department] staff.”


She noted that the island Department of Natural and Environmental Resources (DNER) invests over $1.4 million in the annual feeding of all the animals. Since the DNER is responsible for the zoo in Mayagüez -- whose official name in Spanish is El Jardín Zoológico de Puerto Rico Dr. Juan A. Rivero -- the priority has been the well being and nutrition of all the animals, which are in good condition, she said.


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