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Fundacao Zoo-Botanica de Belo Horizonte
Ranked #44 of 230 things to do in Belo Horizonte
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Reviewed July 15, 2014

This is the first zoo I've ever been to where cars are allowed inside the park. This took away from the appearance and experience of walking the grounds. The best exhibits were the porcupines with the prehensil tails. This looked like a lot of thought was put into the exhibit.

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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.

Thank Diogo P
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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!

Thank rickxy007
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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.

Thank FernandoHermanny
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Reviewed January 20, 2012

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

Thank James U
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