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Parco Natura Viva

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Localita Figara 40, 37012, Bussolengo, Italy
+39 045 717 0113
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Great zoo and safari park

This was the first zoo I have visited outside of the UK so I wasn't sure what to expect when... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Cambridge, United Kingdom
via mobile
Sadly only 3 out of 5 - great zoo, but average safari!

We started with the safari – totally excited to see a lot of animals, but we sadly didn’t see a... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Marina A
London, England, United Kingdom
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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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“safari park” (17 reviews)
“on foot” (5 reviews)
“nice zoo” (4 reviews)
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Localita Figara 40, 37012, Bussolengo, Italy
+39 045 717 0113
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This was the first zoo I have visited outside of the UK so I wasn't sure what to expect when visiting Parco Natura Viva. I was, however, pleasantly surprised to find such a fantastic zoo. I visited on a fairly rainy weekday with family and...More

Thank jenicorn
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We started with the safari – totally excited to see a lot of animals, but we sadly didn’t see a lot. I remember years ago you were closer to the animals – I’m not sure what they changed, but now you just feel like far...More

Thank Marina A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

nice Zoo, but Safari could last longer. Child was very happy to see the animals from Car. After Safari we went to Zoo. Zoo is bigger than we thougt and a lot of animals.

Thank Andrej P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited on a very warm day in August. All the animals hide and the kids were really disappointed. In the safari traffic was awful and again, the animals hide. Left the zoo in about 1 hour with a really bed experience for the entire family....More

Thank Nir78
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Despite going on an extremely warm day, we managed to see lots of the animals. Not far from a bus stop, animals seemed happy and looked after. The food choice was also good.

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Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

Safari is what you'd expect... there are some giraffes, antilopes, weird african cows and monkeys, which most of the time keep for themselves. The real experience is the zoo. Take your time, because if you want to see every animal, it will take you about...More

Thank never87
Reviewed 4 August 2017 via mobile

we had a good time there in general, lovely parc with loads of animals but there are a lot of steep hills and its difficult to push the buggy, there are mostly pebble paths. not to recommend for small kids, i saw a lot of...More

1  Thank nbgvan
Reviewed 13 July 2017 via mobile

It's so nice to see the animals so very well kept and taken care of, loved I must say!! Place has a great safari ride, where you get to experience many different Safari animals in relative freedom! What an experience to drive next to them...More

2  Thank Francesco D
Reviewed 10 July 2017

Great Zoo with two parts; first safari with car and then other walking. It takes whole day to explore it fully. Lots of animals to see. Animals have good space and it might be so that you don't even see all the animals. Highly recommended....More

1  Thank Savu28
Reviewed 7 July 2017 via mobile

This zoo is the best one, that I have ever been to and I have been to a lot. There was many threes and nature all around and the cages were bigger than in other zoos. All of the animals seemed to be good and...More

Thank Miraingemann
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18 April 2017|
Response from Victoria B | Reviewed this property |
It took about half a day for both. Verona is only 25 minutes away and has lots more to see and plenty of food options!
26 July 2016|
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Response from 2lovehim | Reviewed this property |
The very nice zoo-like area can be done only by foot. The safari area can only be done in a motorized vehicle. I guess you could as to join someone else's car, but you would not be safe or permitted to enter without a... More
25 November 2015|
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Response from MelNog | Reviewed this property |
Closed for winter... Don't know about the Xmas week... But if u have the chance to go, u should go for sure! 😃