Worthy of its reputation as one of South America’s best zoos, Gramado Zoo is an animal reserve with a difference. Specializing in species native to Brazil and with an emphasis on animal welfare, Gramado Zoo makes a welcome change for animal lovers, with spacious open living areas and most of the animals brought in as rescues.
More than 1,500 animals currently inhabit the zoo, including capuchin and howler monkeys, tapir, emus and crocodiles, and a 1.2km walkways links each section. Most impressive is the huge aviary, where birds like arraras, parrots and toucans fly freely, while more dangerous creatures like jaguars, leopards and snakes can be seen from behind armored glass screens. Finally, for an even more thrilling encounter, visitors can also choose a night tour and take a peek at the zoo’s nocturnal residents.
Gramado Zoo is located in Gramado, around 8km south of the city center and is open daily from 9am to 6.30pm. Admission fees are R$54 for adults and R$27 for children.