Safari of the Senses
The city of Curitiba, considered a model in Brazil, has announced yet another innovative project, this time in the area of visual impairment. “Safari of the Senses” is an initiative of the Municipal Departments of People with Disabilities and Environment. The exhibit provides adequate space for visually impaired visitors, where they can feel and touch different animal species from Southern Brazil. This is a groundbreaking initiative and will use the taxidermy collection (preserved animals) from the Curitiba Natural History Museum.
People with visual impairment (blindness and poor vision) will have the opportunity to understand which animals they are touching, as the whole structure of the space includes information placards written in Braille (the written communication method used by people with visual impairment). The Safari of the Senses will be in the Botanical Gardens, one of the most visited tourist attractions in Curitiba. Today the Botanical Gardens also hosts the Garden of the Senses, a place where people with disabilities can learn about plants through their sense of smell. It has become a very popular attraction, having caught the attention of schools and learning institutions, besides the local population and tourists. The inauguration of the Safari of the Senses represents a landmark for the presentation of wild fauna and flora for people both with and without disabilities.