This is a city tour of Santarem, including the fish market from where it is possible to watch the fresh water dolphin, the Cathedral, Fisher Square and river front avenue , handicrafts shops and Mirante do Tapajos (where you can see the meeting of the waters of Tapajos and Amazon rivers ) and ZOOFIT Center for animal’s rehabilitation.
We depart from Santarem and drive along the Santarem – Cuiaba highway, from where we will reach the ZOOFIT. While walking on a secondary Amazonian forest, we will be spotting animals from the Amazon Fauna, such as monkeys, parrots, macaws, hanks, wild pigs, tapirs and others.
Understanding the ZOOFIT project
In 1993 the idea of the ZOOFIT originated the project that is Santarem’s zoo today. It arose by the necessity to receive and shelter in a proper way a huge amount of Amazonian fauna animals. Santarem Zoo enables the accomplishment of researches, teaching and exchange actions through integrated cooperative services in the same field.
The main actions that lead this undertaking to stand out: the surveillance of the biodiversity, the spreading of the technical-scientific knowledge about conservation and handling of the renewable natural resources. The investment made by the institution enabled Santarem Zoo with the needed structure for scientific, didactic and administrative autonomy, speeding up the achievement of its main goals, such as: contribute to the research of the region development, mainly on the knowledge of the Amazonian flora and stimulate the ecotourism and environmental preservation.
Located in a 146 hectares area, it has in its environment more than 100 vegetal identified species and 30 animal species.