Dear friends of Musa

The serious health and financial crisis that has ensued from the Covid-19 pandemic, in Manaus and everywhere else, resulted in serious losses for the Musa Botanical Garden.

The three-month closure of our gates deprived us of our main source of income
in the last two years, and the only thing that enabled us to maintain our facilities
was the dedication of our heroic staff.

We have recently launched the Amicus Flora campaign, inviting friends of the museum to adopt a tree. The adoption program has had a positive response, sparking a spirit of solidarity among partners and friends, proving that many want
to “live together” with trees and flowers.

With our enthusiasm renewed by this manifestation of support, we now invite friends and companies to contribute with a larger amount of resources.

The objectives are to use these new resources to:

1. Create a reserve fund that will give Musa greater financial stability.

2. Create and maintain houses, pavilions, and spaces dedicated to
the orchids, butterflies, fungi, arachnids, snakes, fish, and ferns, as well as the Victoria amazonica lake and the sensory garden.

In order to reach our goals, we invite our friends to commit to a one-time
donation of:

              R$ 1.000, R$ 10.000, R$ 50.000 or R$ 100.000.

For the next two years, a large panel placed at the entrance of the Musa Botanical Garden will display the donors’ names or the names and logos of the donating companies. These names and logos will also be printed on panels installed at the entrance of the houses, pavilions, and spaces dedicated to one of the projects whose creation and/or maintenance donors choose to support.

We will also offer our donors 5 tickets for a R$ 1,000 donation, 20 tickets for
a R$ 10,000 donation, 100 for a R$ 50,000 donation, and 200 for a R$ 100,000 donation. Tickets must be used within one-year of the donation date.

With our deepest gratitude for your attention, we are counting on your support.

Cordially,

Ennio Candotti
Director of Musa

The steps to becoming a Friend of Musa are:

1. Contact us by e-mail at amigosdomusa@museudaamazonia.org.br for more information about the following projects:
i. Financial stability fund
ii. Orchid and bromeliad house
iii. Butterfly vivarium
iv. Fungus vivarium
v. Arachnid house
vi. Snake vivarium
vii. Aquariums
viii. Fern garden
ix. Victoria amazonica lake
x. Sensory garden

2. Make a R$ 1,000, R$ 10,000, R$ 50,000, or R$ 100,000 bank deposit to:

Museu da Amazônia
CNPJ 10.795.098/0001-74
Banco do Brasil – Agência 3053-8 – Conta-corrente 37300-1
Swift code for payments made abroad: BRASBRRJBHE

3. Send your contribution receipt to amigosdomusa@museudaamazonia.org.br
mentioning also:
• the project you wish to support
• the address or e-mail to which we should send the voucher for the 5, 20, 100, or 200 promised tickets, and
• the name or the logo we should include on the donors’ panel at the entrance of the museum as well as the house, pavilion, or space you wish to support and/or maintain.

Projects

i. Endowment fund

The purpose of this fund – also called a fiduciary fund – is to provide financial stability for the defrayal of Musa’s basic maintenance costs.

A management committee elected by Musa’s Administrative Council manages all theresources deposited and assets donated with this purpose.

The commitment that guides the management of these resources is to fund activities and services using only the yield from their investment on productive activities.

In exceptional cases and upon approval from the management committee, part of the principal – the original sum of donated and invested resources – may also be used to cover Musa’s emergency maintenance costs.

Hence, if the principal is R$ 1,000,000, for instance, and the annual yield is
R$ 100,000, only the latter amount can be used to fund Musa’s activities.

ii. Orchid and bromeliad house

The Nora Benchimol Minev Orchid and Bromeliad House was built using resources donated by Mrs. Nora Minev. It occupies an area of 300 square meters, and is home to about 200 orchids of 56 species found in the Ducke Reserve forest, where Musa is located. Eight bromeliad species are also on display in this pavilion.

The annual maintenance cost for the orchid house is about R$ 60,000 (expenditures with specialized consultancy and maintenance of the pavilion).

We would like to expand the space and the number of displayed species. We estimate that, in order to add 100 square meters to the orchid house pavilion, as well as display 20 more of the orchid species found in the Ducke Reserve, we need to invest R$ 45,000.

iii. Butterfly vivarium

We have built a 50 square meter butterfly vivarium along the white trail that is home to about 50 butterflies of five species. We have also equipped a small laboratory where the butterflies are bred.

Now we want to build a new butterfly vivariumnext to the orchid house, a circular structure with a diameter of 10 meters and a height of 8 meters.

The estimated cost to build this pavilion is similar to that of the orchid house,
around R$ 40,000, and the annual maintenance budget for the butterfly vivarium is
R$ 68,000 (expenditures with specialized consultancy, labor costs for a technician and a biologist, and maintenance of the pavilion).

iv. Fungus vivarium

Using resources donated by Samuel Minev Benzecry, we have built a small pavilion dedicated to the cultivation and exhibition of fungi along the white trail.

The space is home to 21 fungi identified to the species level, 18 to the genus level, three new species, and a sample of a new genus.

The annual maintenance cost for the fungus vivarium is about R$ 62,000 (consultancy, labor costs for a specialized technician and biologist, and maintenance of the pavilion).

v. Arachnid house

We have recently opened a house along the white trail to shelter arachnids in a terrarium and other spaces prepared for them, with totems and panels explaining the habits, sensory organs, and characteristics of these fascinating octopods.

The annual maintenance cost for the arachnid house is R$ 68,000 (consultancy, labor costs for a specialized biologist, and maintenance of the house).

vi. Snake vivarium

The snake vivarium occupies a recently renovated house along the orange trail, and is home to 13 snakes of six species.

This collection was donated by the Heitor Dourado Tropical Medicine Institute, where there used to be anow deactivated ophidiarium with the purpose of researching venoms and disseminating knowledge about venomous and non-venomous, oviparous and viviparous ophidians, as well as promoting their study in the Amazonian school curriculums.

Its annual maintenance cost is R$ 68,000 (consultancy, labor costs for a technician and a biologist, and maintenance of the house).

vii. Aquariums

There are 12 aquariums at Musa: two in the entrance tent, three in the “Fish and People” exhibition tent, and six at the “Frogs, Fish, and Moss” exhibition. A larger aquarium (6 meters long, 2 meters wide, and 2.5 meters tall)near the lake receives many visitors, and was funded by the CNPq and by friends of Musa Denis e Luciana Minev.

These aquariums are home to 15 Amazonian fish species, including the pirarucus that were raised in the aquarium and are now 1.5 meters long.

We are planning to build a new tank (3 meters wide, 8 meters long, and 2.5 meters tall) with eight large windows. Its cost is estimated in R$ 200,000.

The annual maintenance cost of the existing aquariums is R$ 120,000 (consultancy, technical services, food, pumps, and labor costs for a specialized biologist). When we build the new aquarium, we will need an additional R$ 40,000 to cover maintenance costs.

viii. Fern garden

There is a delightful area next to the lake in which are have been cultivating ferns, ancient plants that appeared 400 million years ago and reproduce via spores. The angiosperms – plants that reproduce by seeds and flowers – we find all over the forest appeared long after that, 150 million years ago.

We want to build a gazebo with explanatory totems and panels in this garden. The estimated cost of interpretation equipment is R$ 10,000, in addition to the R$ 40,000 annual maintenance cost for the garden (labor costs for a specialized botanist and a part time technician).

ix. Victoria amazonica lake

One of the most popular attractions at Musa Botanical Garden is the lake of stunning water lilies, sung in literary verses and legends. The lake and the water lilies demand constant care. Their maintenance is expensive, with annual costs ranging around
R$ 60,000. We also need to install panels explaining the amazing color shifting between off white, white, and purple we observe between morning and dusk. These panels will cost only R$ 5,000.

x. Sensory garden

Near the gift store and the Saberes e Sabores bistro, we have cultivated aromatic plants used in perfumery and for culinary purposes, in addition to species that have therapeutic properties or are used in the ceremonial or farming practices of the traditional cultures studied by Ethnobotanics.

Explanatory panels and totems have been installed with the purpose of explaining and interpreting the meaning of these plants.

The gift shop sells some of these seedlings, which are cultivated in larger scale at the CTA (Musa’s Agroforestry Training Center), located in the Ramal do Brasileirinho region, where Musa also maintains a support nursery.

The annual cost for the sensory garden is R$ 60,000 (ethnobotanical consultancy, and labor costs for a specialized botanist and technician).