A personal selection of photographs with their stories.
359: ZOO aquarium
The Zoo in Belo Horizonte, located at Lake Pampulha, attracts many visitors. They admire the gorillas, monkeys, elephants, giraffes, lions, and many more. Since 2010, they also can visit another part that is focused on freshwater marine life, which represent part of the São Francisco River, Brazil’s third largest river. The river, nicknamed ‘Velho Chico (‘Old Frank’)’, originates from a spring in the state of Minas Gerais and ends in the Atlantic Ocean at the border between the states of Alagoas and Sergipe. The river is heavily polluted, and big efforts are made to clean that mess. Gradually, the river becomes indeed cleaner. One of the Zoo aquariums is filled with 450 thousand liters of water, and hosts a number of fish. The fish in the picture is swimming in that giant fish tank, called ‘São Francisco tank’.
© Adriano Antoine Robbesom 2012, 2017