By Michela DellaMonica, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - One of the main environmentally protected areas of Rio de Janeiro, the Parque Natural Municipal Chico Mendes (PNMCM) located in the neighborhood of Recreio dos Bandeirantes of Zona Oeste (West Zone), celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary this June 2014.

Founded in 1989, the park was created with the intention of preserving the pond, Lagoinha das Tachas and its surroundings. It is a habitat for wildlife, and rare and endangered animals such as . . .

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