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“Great zoo, small issues” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Fundacao Zoo-Botanica de Belo Horizonte

Fundacao Zoo-Botanica de Belo Horizonte
Av. Otacilio Negrao de Lima, 8000 - Pampulha, Belo Horizonte, State of Minas Gerais 31365-450, Brazil
+55(31)3277-8489
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Type: Gardens, Zoos & Aquariums
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Chicago, Illinois
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43 reviews 43 reviews
25 attraction reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Great zoo, small issues”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

I like zoos, and this is good and big one. Actually, I don't understand how someone can say it is small (maybe they just didn't see all of it?): if you want to see everything, it can be hard to do it in a single day.
First, the animals, of course. It is quite complete, with a lot of species from Asia, Europe, America (specially Brazil, of course) and a LOT of African animals - and I'm talking the big ones here: elephants, lions, rhinos, hippos, giraffes. The reptile house is small but has some remarkable animals (like a python) and there's a butterfly garden as well. The sad part (for now) is that the big hit of the zoo, the gorilla Idi Amin (for a long time the most isolated animal in the world with the nearest gorilla in Mexico) has died. Still, there are 2 female gorillas now and they have a world class habitat space.
Second, the plants. Trees and flowers everywhere. It is a zoo-botanic foundation after all, so if you're not really into the animals, you can still enjoy this part.
Now for the problems: it can be confusing (not enough signs for its size) and it lacks some infrastructure (sometimes you'll find yourself walking on grass or dirt to get where you want). Also, it can e packed on the free days - it is not expansive and your money goes to animal/tree related research, do yourself a favor and go in a regular day. I'd say that it is a good option to bring your own food too.

Visited June 2012
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Belo Horizonte, MG
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“beautiful place, awful structure”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

It is a beautiful place, with hundreds of species of animals, specially birds, and it is a great place for a picnic.
However, the bathrooms look like something out of a medieval movie, and the restaurant is nearly disgusting, and very expensive.
Bring your own food, toilet paper, and you'll have a great time.
Sunscreen suggested as well!

Visited September 2012
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Belo Horizonte, MG
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63 attraction reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
“Mal cuidado, bom para crianças”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

It is a good place to visit with kids, not worth a visit for tourists except for the birds collection that ranks high in the world, but in a not so good environment.

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Belo Horizonte
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“They're animals!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2012

Decent zoo. Not the cleanest I've seen, but decently laid out + the botanical garden in the same place.

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Belo Horizonte, Brazil
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69 attraction reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
“Small, disorganised zoo but the animals appear healthy.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2011

The BH zoo has cheap entrance fee and it's nice to visit if you've run out of other things to do in BH. It's small and has only just started upgrading it's cages. I have to say that I was surprised to find that the animals were not locked in small, cement enclosures. All of them roam free and have access to grass, trees and water. It's not in the best condition but the animals seemed healthy and as happy as they can be. They have a large selection of animals present from lions, tigers, elephants, rhinos, monkeys, gorillas and giraffes to crocodiles and ant eaters. Many birds also.

Visited September 2011
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