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The lions, tigers, elephants, bears, reptiles and birds now on display at the Rio de Janeiro zoo are just months away from being liberated to roam Brazil's first conservation park.

BioParque do Rio, which represents an investment of 80 million reais ($18.6 million), is scheduled to open its doors in July.

The BioParque will occupy the same space as the zoo in Quinta da Boa Vista, a sprawling expanse surrounding the former imperial palace.