Originally posted on TED Blog:
Biologist and TED Fellow Juliana Machado Ferreira grew up just outside of São Paulo, and went to both university and graduate school in the megalopolis. [Read a profile of her life and work.] She prefers a more natural environment, but after a brief stint in the Amazon, she is back in the city, looking for an apartment. Despite the stress and the incessant traffic, the urban environment simply makes her job easier: she is closer to the University of São Paulo, where she did her graduate research and which she still uses as a home base, as well as to the conservation groups, police and government officials that help with her work to stem wildlife trafficking. She gets her nature where she can in local gardens, municipal parks and at the beach.
And then, of course, there are the city’s other bonuses: cinemas, coffee and restaurants. For instance, who could resist “Capricho” ice cream? Here, Ferreira describes some classic São Paulo spots, photographed exclusively for TED by photographer and videographer Alessandra Fratus, whose last exhibition, Acrexiste, showed in September 2013 at the University of São Paulo.