Ricardo and his wife Gracy are two
of our best friends in Brazil. We met them in 1989 and traveled
with them to many places, including our first trip to Ecuador.
He and his wife are both radiologists and they have three kids,
Enzo, Giuliana and Enrico.
Ricardo's parents are Italian, and
his passion for shells started in Italy when he was a youngster.
Walking on the beach, he found shells which attracted his attention
and he still has some of those today. He really enjoys the whole
thing: shelling trips, beach combing, cleaning and identification.
He is just not very fond of snakes which may cross his path while
collecting land shells....
In addition to shells, he also loves
to collect anything unusual that he finds on his trips, such as
interesting pieces of wood, coral, bugs... he is a true naturalist!
His passion is land shells, and
he owns one of the best collections of Brazilian material. By
the way, he liked the book Brazilian Land and Fresh Water Molluscs
so much that he bought two copies!