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National Animal

Rufous-bellied Thrush

“No matter how few possessions you own or how little money you have, loving wildlife and nature will make you rich beyond measure.”

Paul Oxton

Animals commonly seen in the wild

Marine fauna:

Dolphins, whales, turtles, catfish, pirarucu, piranhas (rarer, in the Amazon), alligators.

Birds:

Toucans, macaws, ibis, parrots, crested owls, eagles.

Land mammals:

Foxes, anteaters, sloths, armadillos, monkeys, pumas and jaguars (rarer).

Snakes and insects:

Anacondas, boa-constrictors, rattlesnakes, vipers, tarantulas, scorpions, butterflies.

Common sights you will not like

In the city and
on the road

Many stray cats and dogs. Transport of cattle on the roads in open trucks. Bull fighting is commonly seen on holidays and festivals.

In the
Countryside

Horses and cattle are used for agriculture.

Hunting or poaching:

Permitted at state level in most states. Hunting of felines and birds most frequent. Also, there is a market for illegal animal trade of exotic birds, snakes and mammals.

Animal fights:

No info.

Main organization for animal rescue and sheltering:

The Humane Society

Sanctuaries to visit or volunteer:

Santuário de Elefantes Brasil Chapada dos Guimarães

We have not included the treatment of animals in the meat/fur/leather industries, zoos or circuses, animal testing as it unfortunately still happens in most countries.

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