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Renovation work at the Zoo and Botanical Park is being completed; Park will have a tree top adventure walk

Works started last March and are expected to finish by the end of September

06/Aug/2014 – By Press Office, published in the Capital Teresina website

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The Department of the Environment and Water Resources (Semar) is completing the construction work and renovation of the enclosures, vet clinic and sidewalks of the Zoo and Botanical Park to offer better accessibility for visitors and better living conditions for the animals. The cost is estimated at over 2 million Brazilian reals and the project is the result of a partnership between the Government of the State, through Semar, and Queiroz Galvão Energias Renováveis. Works started last March and are expected to finish by the end of September.

"This is an important project and it will improve access to the park, which is visited by many families from the capital city and the interior of the State. This green area offers leisure opportunities and direct contact with nature and its rich fauna and flora. The Zoo and Botanical Park is also a source of research for schools, colleges, universities and institutions”, Semar’s secretary, Mário Ângelo de Meneses, emphasized.

The construction of 4,000 meters of linear sidewalks is in its final phase. They will be used for walks and include the external area and paths connecting the gatehouse to the interior of the park. The reptile sector has been totally rebuilt and now houses a serpentarium, which follows all recommendations for this kind of project. And another new feature of the park is the Night Monkey Trail. It will allow visitors to see this animal for the first time.

"The clinic has been restructured to receive animals that have been hurt or are weak. It can now admit up to 35 specimens. The administration building is also being renovated. The lion and jaguar enclosures are being painted and suspended tree trunks are being fitted to improve their coexistence. The railings are being changed and the transfer cages are being enhanced to make animal handling easier. Improvements are being made to the bear enclosure too, and the 130-meter trail has been rebuilt", José Renato Uchôa, park manager, explained.

"This master plan for Teresina’s Zoo and Botanical Park removes any visual barriers between the visitors and the animals. Moats and islands are used to this end and this ensures a better view while eliminating the risk of any accidents because of people getting too close to the animals", José Renato added.

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Teresina’s Zoo and Botanical Park will have one of the longest tree top adventure walks in Latin American

In addition to the construction work that is being completed at the Zoo and Botanical Park, other initiatives will also be implemented in the coming months to improve its physical structure. One of the new features of the master plan is a tree top walk to be implemented in the second half of the year. It will have approximately 80 activities symbolizing obstacles, in an area of 4.5 hectares.

"Semar is putting the Zoo and Botanical Park in the national and international tourist circuit with this initiative. We can say for sure that we will be the first park in Latin American to offer this kind of sport, comparable only to what we can find in countries like the United States, France and Canada", the park manager, José Renato Uchôa, said.

Tree top walking is a recent adventure sport developed in New Zealand and in France in the mid 1990’s. It consists in crossing suspended walkways between platforms set up on tree canopies. The walkways are strategically prepared with steel cables and ropes to maximize the challenge and the adrenalin for the adventurers. Zip lines or other ways of overcoming the obstacles may be necessary.

About the Zoo and Botanical Park

Teresina’s Zoo and Botanical Park was founded in June 1972. It has 137 hectares and houses 190 animals of 70 different species, including mammals, birds and reptiles. The animals in the zoo have been exchanged with, lent or donated by other zoos or have been delivered by the Fire Department and the Environment Police. The park receives 140,000 visitors a year on average. Children’s Week is the commemorative date with the biggest number of visitors – as many as 35,000 people, of which 12,000 on 12 October (Children's Day) alone.

Teresina’s Zoo and Botanical Park is one of the parks in Brazil that use captive breeding. In 2013 alone, more than 100 animals were born there, including several endangered species. The lion cubs are among them: the presence of one the most loved animals in the park has been ensured for generations. The animals born through this process are available for other zoos in Brazil.