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Parco Natura Viva

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Address: Localita Figara 40, 37012 Bussolengo, Italy
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+39 045 717 0113

The Alberto Avesani Farm was founded back in 1933 and covers 64 hectares of...

The Alberto Avesani Farm was founded back in 1933 and covers 64 hectares of hills inland of Lake Garda, in Bussolengo, Verona province.A zoological park of about 24 hectares called Garda Zoo Park was conceived in 1965. Opened on June 25 1969, it hosted both indigenous and exotic animals.In 1973 a new area dedicated to African mammals and birds, the Safari Park, was added, which visitors could access in their own car.In 1978 the whole facility was expanded with the addition of new areas: the Aquaterrarium, the Tropical Greenhouse, and the Dinosaur Park, where visitors had the chance to admire life-size models of prehistoric reptiles for the first time in Italy.In 1985 a comprehensive reorganization process was started on a zoological, architectural and managerial level. The role of zoological parks has also changed with time, from merely exhibiting exotic animals to actively participating in their conservation.The usefulness of and need for modern zoological gardens was formally acknowledged in 1992 by the Rio Conference, which strongly stressed the importance of a combination of ex situ and in situ conservation strategies for Biodiversity preservation and protection.Nowadays zoological parks have a global perspective: besides contacts with local and national facilities, a modern zoological institution must establish a broad network of international connections, in order to coordinate the management of its animal population to prevent inbreeding risks and to promote initiatives to reintroduce endangered species into the wild.Parco Natura Viva is a member of EAZA (European Association of Zoo and Aquaria). EAZA's activities include the European Endangered Project (EEP), supported by the European Community, which aims at coordinating the management of animal populations belonging to endangered species in European zoological parks.The EEP represents a concrete survival opportunity for animals that can no longer find sufficient survival conditions in the wild. Parco Natura Viva participates in about twenty EEP projects.In 2002 the Park became a member of WAZA (World Association of Zoos and Aquaria), while on a national level it is part of UIZA (Italian Union of Zoos and Aquaria).Parco Natura Viva plays an essential role in Italy by cooperating with the CITES department of the National Forest Rangers and with the National Institute for Wild Animals (INFS).Following the implementation of the strict CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) regulations, competent authorities may seize illegally traded animals or those kept in violation of health regulations and entrust them to qualified facilities like Parco Natura Viva.

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Beautiful Park - Even During Winter

This part is beautifully laid out. While during winter months (beginning December), the Safari is not available, about 2/3 park is accessible on foot. You should plan at least 2... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 January 2017
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APO, United States
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APO, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

This part is beautifully laid out. While during winter months (beginning December), the Safari is not available, about 2/3 park is accessible on foot. You should plan at least 2 hours - so get there by 2pm! There is plenty of picnic spots all through the park; a small playground for the little ones; and, for dinosaur lovers, a permanent... More 

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Hattem, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

Of all zoos visited, one of the best. We were lucky to be off season and it was quiet. But it could easily have many, many people. Don't expect the elephant but you'll be surprised to see some very peculiar species. Terrific landscaping with difference in elevation, gives a special dimension to the parc. Lovely day out with the kids.

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Haifa, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

My son and I went for the Safari and the zoo experience. The place is well-organized and the Animals seem to be happy. The weather was perfect so the experience overall was very good. The zoo part is very big and you can literally spend all day there. The facilities are very comfortable and you can find whatever you need... More 

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Porec, Croatia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

It was my first time there and it was beautiful! First you drive your car through a wildlife safari and then you go on foot 2/3 parts of park. There are arround 250 species. 😄👍

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London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

The best zoo I have ever been to. So big, so much to see and fantastically laid out. The day we went we drove around their safari site seeing everything very close up then went to the more traditional zoo. We were about a third of the way through when the heavens opened and it absolutely poured with rain so... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

It's best to rent a Jeep at the park because it's more comfortable and you can avoid the large queue to enter. It as a very beautiful experience with many specimens of animals

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

This is by far and away the best zoo I have ever been to. Given it's rather rural location and the cheap entry fee I was expecting it to be small but found it to be rather enormous, including a drive through experience and it took me the whole day to get around. Aside from the animals, the zoo itself... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

the safari part is brilliant you will drive very near the animals the zoo is interesting too , I will recommend the reptile part and the green area. the only thing that disappointed me was that after you pay the entrance you have to pay another 5 eur for the parking

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

It was very nice, even fantastic practice to drive your own car and watch zebras, giraffes, rhinos, and other nice animals around your car. You can see other animals by foot after your driving with the same ticket.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

Worst place ever!!! Been in traffic 3 hours for nothing!!! Do not saws any lions tigers and stuff like this after all this time. The workers tell us that they sorry and understand it but can do nothing.. Please do not waste your very valuable time on this zoo and safari!!!

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