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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
09:00 - 16:00
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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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Small safari but big, spacious zoo

We went through the safari first and were slightly disappointed that there wasn't more to see. But the zoo is extensive, spacious and well maintained. Some of the exhibits seem... read more

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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went through the safari first and were slightly disappointed that there wasn't more to see. But the zoo is extensive, spacious and well maintained. Some of the exhibits seem slightly haphazard - for example, animals or birds placed in the wrong geographic sections - but that adds to the fun. Some species were housed together, which was an unusual... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was part of our family trip to Verona, and what a full day of good surprises it was. We enjoyed the scenery, the animals and rare birds from all continents, and the extinct animals sector was definitely special and very well maintained. Clean environment, places to sit and rest along the way, a couple of fast food style restaurants,... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful place to visit! The kids really enjoyed it and they were able to observe the animals on their natural habitats

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Reviewed 6 April 2017 via mobile

Had a lovely day at this zoo. Avoided the long que for the safari park and went straight to the zoo. We all know it's not nice for animals to be in zoos but there is plenty of land for them here. Lots of trails to go up and down. Well laid out and sign posted. Need to.be able to... More 

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Reviewed 3 April 2017 via mobile

We had a great day... Lots of fun walking around and watching all the beautiful animals in a wonderful setting...

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Nazareth, Israel
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Reviewed 1 April 2017 via mobile

The place suggests a car tour in the safari part and a regular zoo tour, all combined in same ticket. 20 EURO for adult ticket. The safari part is so impressive and special, you can find many species and breeds. The animals are well treated and you can see that from their behaviour, running and playing, a rare scene in... More 

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Reviewed 22 March 2017 via mobile

Good zoo. Natural looking exhibits. Gravel stroller paths. Need a sturdy strong stroller. Lots of steep up hills. Only one souvenir shop. No elephants. Cool life size dinosaur replicas. Drive through safari park is a MUST! Giraffe stuck his face in our car. The kids loved it!

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APO, United States
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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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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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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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