The Tijuca Forest (Floresta da Tijuca in Portuguese) is a mountainous hand-planted rainforest in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It is the world’s largest urban forest, covering some 32 km² (12.4 mi²). The forest shares its name with bairros or neighborhoods of Tijuca and Barra da Tijuca that contains the entrances it.
The Tijuca Forest is home to hundreds of species of plants and wildlife, many threatened by extinction, found only in the Atlantic Rainforest (Mata Atlântica in Portuguese). After all the original forest had been destroyed to make way for coffee farms, Tijuca was replanted by Major Manuel Gomes Archer in the second half of the 19th century in a successful effort to protect Rio’s water supply.
I was actually not thinking about of how close Rio De Janeiro is to a forest and wild life. This pictures are taken in the planted park that lies close to the forest, I would rater go in to the wild but time is not on my side, tough the animals are wild, they come her to find food –
Photo Johnny Leo Johansen(c) Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden