|Piles of capybara turds were everywhere. You're welcome!|
The zoo is vast, and you can drive all through the middle of it. There aren't sidewalks on the road, and Brazilian drivers are very, um, assertive, so it's best to stay on the grass (earth? dirt? ground that's not paved? it's hard to tell what exactly you're walking on here in the dry season), while constantly being on the lookout for capybara droppings.
|"SLOW! ANIMALS ON ROAD" (but hey, don't worry about the toddlers).|
The paths can be treacherous in other ways as well, which is why a clumsy girl like me may or may not have tripped more than once, in addition to landing in capybara piles.
|The scene of my first accident.|
|You Americans, with your debris-free zoos don't know what you're missing. This is good climbing!|
A trip to the zoo is pretty much the cheapest gig in town, with the cost of admission PLUS lunch being R$22, or about 13 bucks for all five of us.
The kids particularly enjoyed a big pond/lake thing filled with all these islands of different monkeys. And capybaras, of course.
Wait a minute...That's not a monkey! That's a.....shadow of a minotaur? This zoo is awesome!
The zoo was filled with Brazilian families picnicking and...
Next time I'm going to:
a.) wear more sensible shoes,
b.) bring toilet paper (don't ask), and
c.) bring my own hammock.