Museu de Biologia Prof. Mello Leitao, Santa Teresa

(4.3/5 based on 280+ reviews on the web)
Founded by “Patron of Ecology of Brazil” Augusto Ruschi, the main objective of Museu de Biologia Prof. Mello Leitao is to collect species of plants and animals, namely those native to the Atlantic Rainforest, for biological research, environmental education and preservation. Located within a large, beautiful green area in the middle of Santa Teresa, you will see parrots, macaws, monkeys, and Ruschi’s beloved hummingbirds, all of which have been brought to the center by environmental organizations. You can also view a large collection of taxidermy animals, many of which are now extinct. The catalogue of flora and fauna at Museu de Biologia Prof. Mello Leitao reaches into the tens of thousands, giving you an idea of the size of the ongoing project. Put Museu de Biologia Prof. Mello Leitao into our Santa Teresa trip itinerary builder and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • My husband and I like to visit the site since our time, it is a pleasant place, where you can breathe fresh air and still see some animals that you don't see on a daily basis.
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  • Great for taking the kids, the Museum has a good collection of stuffed animals and with stories and species that many only know in engravings of science books, is very worthwhile for children who are studying and can meet in the experience. The Museum needs work and more attention from the Government. And for those who enjoy a walk among the nature, the place has this availability. Worth knowing.
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  • nice place, style Zoo, few animals alive, there were monkeys two years ago, now are no longer in the nursery. Take insect repellent.
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