Top 10: wildlife

March 15, 2007 | By More

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I have been to scores of places in Brazil where I’ve been able to see and photograph wildlife. These are the top 10 places (in no particular order).

  1. scarlet ibis in Alcântara, Maranhão [chances of spotting them: high – at the Praia da Baronesa and a nearby wetland. The scarlet ibis go to the shore to feed when the tide is out]
  2. dolphins in Fernando de Noronha, Pernambuco [chances of spotting them: high – on the boat trip around the island or from the Baia dos Golfinhos viewpoint]
  3. turtles in Fernando de Noronha, Pernambuco [chances of spotting them: medium – snorkelling at the Santo Antônio harbour and at the baia do Sueste]
  4. fish in Fernando de Noronha, Pernambuco [chances of spotting them: high – snorkelling in most of the island beaches and definitely diving]
  5. fish in Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul [chances of spotting them: high – snorkelling in the Sucuri river and the Rio da Prata]
  6. dolphins in Pipa, Rio Grande do Norte [chances of spotting them: medium – at the aptly named Baia dos Golfinhos in the morning]
  7. toucans in Foz de Iguazú, Paraná [chances of spotting them: 100% – at the Parque das Aves]
  8. monkeys in Vassouras, Maranhão [chances of spotting them: high – there is a forty-odd colony of monkeys living near the huts, ask the locals]
  9. scarlet ibis in Caburé, Maranhão [chances of spotting them: medium – near then mangrove in Caburé when the tide is out]
  10. macaws in Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul [chances of spotting them: medium – at the Buraco das Araras]

N.B.: in actual fact, the toucans at the Parque das Aves in Foz do Iguaçu are not in the wild, they are kept within giant cages.

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