The city of Bonito, in Mato Grosso do Sul, is famous for its dozens of natural attractions, grottos, lakes, caves, rivers, and crystal clear waterfalls, which enchant tourists. Projeto Jibóia is also a mandatory stop for those going to visit this paradise of the Brazilian mid-west.
This is a unique adventure that combines environmental education and preservation issues with the opportunity to take several selfies next to a beautiful boa constrictor.
Due to the conservation of Bonito's many natural wonders, there are a limited number of places to access the city's tours.
Knowing this, do not waste time: it is essential to prepare the itinerary of your trip as soon as possible.
The Jiboia Project took its first steps in 2005, in Bonito/MS, and has Henrique Naufal as its creator.
From the beginning, the great objective was to demystify all the prejudice about these non-pungent snakes.
After more than 15 years of operation, it has already managed to bring knowledge to hundreds of people who have visited the project.
This is an adventure for all ages, and is perfect for children, helping to raise awareness at an early age.
But adults, of course, also get to enjoy the adventure a lot, learning more about boa constrictors, their habits, and environmental importance.
Best of all, the adventure takes place every day, always starting at 7pm. Thus, it is a perfect option to complement a day of sightseeing around Bonito, and since it is in the urban area of the city, it makes access even easier.
In all, the tour lasts about 2 hours and 30 minutes, and is divided into two main moments: the lecture and the period for taking pictures with the animals.
The first part of the Projeto Jibóia tour is led by Henrique Naufal himself, who gives a talk to the visitors. There is also a video presentation about the reproduction of these animals.
As the intention is to bring knowledge in the best possible way, the organizer tries to bring a lot of playfulness to the lecture.
In addition, he usually enters the room with one of the snakes on his shoulder, which pleases the public, especially children.
Before everything begins, however, it is possible to observe the terrariums, where some of the animals are, and the skeletons of others.
In total, this initial stage takes an average of two hours, and then tourists can finally have more direct contact with the snakes on site.
After learning a lot about the life of boa constrictors, visitors have the opportunity to interact with some of the specimens.
In all, the serpentarium has several individuals for exhibition, which happens in a safe way and without generating stress for the animals.
And the most interesting of all is that it is not only boa constrictors that are part of the exhibit. This is because one of the individuals is a Burmese python, which belongs to the group of the largest snakes on the planet, about length.
All the animals are properly trained, or rather, domesticated, being extremely docile and accustomed to human presence and contact.
For this reason, they offer no danger to visitors, allowing a direct approach, and it is even possible to place a specimen on the shoulder.
This is the time for selfies and each visitor has the unique opportunity to face fear and lose prejudice, to take pictures side by side with the animals.
An important point to highlight, of course, is that all snakes present at the site have an identification chip. In addition, they have the proper certification of origin, meeting the legal requirements in force.
So you don't have to travel as far away as South Africa, the Isle of Man, the Ivory Coast, the Democratic Republic of Congo, or Saudi Arabia, for example, to enjoy the experience of getting very close to a snake without any risk.
The boa constrictor, despite presenting several physiological characteristics of venomous snakes, has neither venom nor venom.
It is a Brazilian snake, present in all regions of the country, and has two subspecies: Boa constrictor constrictor and Boa constrictor constrictor Amarali.
The most interesting of all is that it can reach a size of up to 4 meters, but rarely does it reach this size, mainly due to the direct or indirect action of humans.
With this size, the boa constrictor ranks second among the largest snakes in Brazil, behind only the powerful anaconda.
They have nocturnal habits and, because they do not possess venom, they kill their prey by constricting themselves on its body.
So, despite the prejudice they suffer, they present no danger to humans, since they cannot feed on large prey.
Another interesting piece of information is that they are viviparous and can bear between 12 and 64 offspring at a time.
Projeto Jibóia is located at Nestor Fernandes Street, number 610, in Vila Donária - Bonito.
It is an urban attraction, with easy access for those visiting the city, since it is only 2.2 km from downtown Bonito/MS and has paved access roads.
For more information about tickets and reservations, contact us by email or WhatsApp and speak to one of Roteiro Bonito MS's experts.
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The project is incredible and well worth the visit. Besides a fundamental work in raising people's awareness about snakes. Honestly, after watching the lecture I can say that I changed my conception and even fear about these animals, I even took the famous picture with the snake.
Very cool project! Very cool to see the structure, learn more about these animals, and their importance to our planet. Impeccable work by the biologist who presents the project
The project is beautiful, you can't help but fall in love with it, because it breaks this absurd prejudice people have about snakes, always seen as enemies in popular culture. It explains the importance of these animals and their role in nature. It's worth knowing! I recommend it to anyone!
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