Animals Starving in Venezuela Zoos
The country’s poor economy, triggered by a drop in the price of oil, has led people as well as zoo animals to go hungry.
When a nation is plagued by hard times, people aren’t the only ones to suffer.
About 50 animals at Venezuela’s Caricuao Zoo have starved in the last six months due to the rising cost of food, caused by the nation’s economic downturn. Rabbits, tapirs, porcupines, pigs, and birds are among the fallen at the country’s northern zoo. Some went without food for two weeks.
The National Parks Institute (INPARQUES), which oversees the country’s zoos, blames the shortages on the nation's economic crash, caused by a plummet in the price of oil (Venezuela is a major oil producer). The country can’t afford to import food, medicine, and other necessities, and inflation has caused prices to skyrocket.
“The story of the animals at Caricuao