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Parque Zoológico Sargento Prata (Fortaleza Zoo)

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This critique last updated:  Dec 2007

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This review written by Christoph Schwitzer and reprinted by Kind Permission of International Zoo News

The second zoo on our trip, (see Sao Paulo Zoo) and the first one that was not listed in the Yearbook, was the Parque Zoológico Sargento Prata, the zoo of the city of Fortaleza (population: two million), capital of the state of Ceará in north-eastern Brazil. Built on only eleven acres (4.5 ha) some miles outside the city boundaries, this small zoo presents about 220 animals of 55 different species. It was founded in 1954, is owned by the city, and admission is free. All the animals shown are rather small species native to South America, the largest being a Brazilian tapir. Interesting is a group of four pale-throated three-toed sloths (Bradypus tridactylus), who have a yellowish coat with darker spots, with the male having a bright black colouring in the shape of an escutcheon on its back. Though these animals are said to be solitary, all four are being kept together in one cage. The primates are represented by a pair of black spider monkeys (Ateles p. paniscus), as well as a group of brown capuchins. A notable bird species is the white-browed guan (Penelope jacucaca), a member of the Cracidae family which comprises the chachalacas, guans and curassows. Nearly all the animals are housed in medium-sized cages, many of which are circular and can be looked into from all sides. The furniture is simple and there is not much behavioural enrichment, but the cages are very clean and it is obvious that someone cares.

Although it is situated not too far out of the city, the zoo does not seem to be very well known by the inhabitants of Fortaleza. There are no signs nor advertisements, and only the staff of the University of Ceará's Institute of Zoology were able to show us the way.

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