Photos – The Rio de Janeiro Zoo – Commentary by Marike

Us 'en route' to the Zoo. This is a bridge over the road that runs right past the biggest soccer stadium in Rio. (We could see it from there.)

Us ‘en route’ to the Zoo. This is a bridge over the road that runs right past the biggest soccer stadium in Rio. (We could see it from there.)

 

Soccer stadium! Oh, and my mom ;) ♡

Soccer stadium! Oh, and my mom 😉 ♡

The graffiti in Rio is abundant, but not always legal. Some are, however, and we suppose this to be one of them - rather well done. also on the way to the Zoo.

The graffiti in Rio is abundant, but not always legal. Some are, however, and we suppose this to be one of them – rather well done. also on the way to the Zoo.

We decided to grab some lunch before going into the zoo.

We decided to grab some lunch before going into the zoo.

We didn't know it at the time, but the sausages were dipped into faroufou

We didn’t know it at the time, but the sausages were dipped in farofo

Yes, they were big. (We shared them.)

Yes, they were big. (We shared them.)

And here are some of the really strange animals we saw. The zoo was not the most well kept, but their ''common'' animals, were very uncommon to us!

And here are some of the really strange animals we saw. The zoo was not the most well kept, but their ”common” animals, were very uncommon to us!

The Tapir! Legendary beast. I read about it for the first time in a Willard Price book ;)

The Tapir! Legendary beast. I read about it for the first time in a Willard Price book 😉

A real-life jaguar. What really surprised us, was how short it's legs were!

A real-life jaguar. What really surprised us, was how short it’s legs were!

On the ridge overlooking all the tiger cages

On the ridge overlooking all the tiger cages

I think it's some kind of long-legged . . . decide for yourself

I think it’s some kind of long-legged . . . decide for yourself

Have I mentioned the popsicles? You get coconut flavour! (Which is my favourite - however, all of them are nice =)

Have I mentioned the popsicles? You get coconut flavour! (Which is my favourite – however, all of them are nice =)

Spider Monkey - Here it looks especially weird. Their tales are like an extra finger (a strong one, mind you) and their heads look way out of proportion!

Spider Monkey – Here it looks especially weird. Their tails are like an extra finger (a strong one, mind you) and their heads look way out of proportion!

Just before the zoo, we bought a few sarongs. With them (we're not 100% sure if they were like a 'buy one get one free' special or what) we received two extremely colourful beach balls.

Just before the zoo, we bought a few sarongs. With them (we’re not 100% sure if they were like a ‘buy one get one free’ special or what) we received two extremely colourful beach balls.

Sophia and her beach ball

Sophia and her beach ball

Brazil, well known for its Macaws . . .

Brazil, well known for its Macaws . . .

and Toucans =)

and Toucans =)

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Unusual coloured Toucan.

Unusual coloured Toucan.

These trees have roots that grow down from their branches, and eventually thicken the tree. We think the root tips are cut, though, when they get too long, to prevent this from happening. (Real good to swing on, though.)

These trees have roots that grow down from their branches, and eventually thicken the tree. We think the root tips are cut on purpose when they get too long, to prevent this from happening. (Real good to swing on, though.)

Sophia also doing her bit of videotaping =)

Sophia also doing her bit of videotaping =)

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It looks like a cross between a rodent and a fawn. Maybe a squirrel without the tail . . .

It looks like a cross between a rodent and a fawn. Maybe a squirrel without the tail . . .

You can see it a bit better in this foto

You can see it a bit better in this foto

The hairdresser got to some of these birds before we arrived ;)

The hairdresser got to some of these birds before we arrived 😉

A hot, but enjoyable day!

A hot, but enjoyable day!

 

1 comment

    • Trish Roberts on April 28, 2015 at 1:57 am
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    When I was in std 2, I had to write an essay for school on an animal. My sister helped me find one I had never heard of and so I wrote mine in the tapir!! I think the teacher thought I was weird but I loved it!!! Looks like you had a super day!!

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