March 4, 2001
It has always seemed that area politicans many years ago had promised restoration of the park before elections and promises never materialized later.
In the past, it was once a very popular location for relaxation, with swimming pools and a small restuarant. Presently, the Gruta reserve presents a bigger problem than before.
Several years ago, a few monkeys were brought to the reserve. In time, with the presence of no predators to them, their population grew even larger.
Today, there are about 30-40 monkeys there, and one of the only predators of monkeys in the normal sense of the food chain appears to be jaguars.
I can not confirm if jaguars were brought in to control the food chain. If so, possibly this comes from the occurence in today's news of an attack from a jaguar. Not sure though.
The problem remains that the area where the monkeys reside in Gruta is too small, since their population has grown unrestricted and they have formed groups between themselves. The scarity of food may be an issue,since the Gruta is merely too close to the center of town. The thoughts in town are that the monkeys leaving in search of food, heading towards town, may attack small children. So, until this issue is solved, I do not suggest you visiting the Gruta reserve, consider safety always first, and enjoy your trip.
From journal Mirassol- King of Coffee-Queen of Oranges