A long-time campaigner for the closure of the zoo, animal rights lawyer Gerardo Biglia, appreciated that “there is a change coming for which we are already prepared because kids nowadays consider it obvious that it’s wrong for animals to be caged.” So about 2,500 animals will be moved to nature reserves throughout the country. Only a few animals including those too sick to be moved will remain on site but not on display. The 45-acre zoo will be transformed into an ecopark and reopened later this year. A famous orangutan, Sandra, declared two years ago by a court as a “non-human person” deserving rights to freedom will remain to be cared for in place. The zoo was one of the city’s main tourist attractions. Its license was due to expire at the end of 2017, and there had been an ongoing debate about its future.