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Address: Loc. Figara 40, 37012 Bussolengo, Italy
Phone Number: 045 717 01 13
Description: The Alberto Avesani Farm was founded back in 1933 and covers 64 hectares...
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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We lived in Desenzano in early novermber and planned to see Natura Viva. Our daughter is 1,2 months. We wanted to show her animals and birds. Our daughter started to walk but we... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed November 19, 2014
Moscow, Russia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Website says it is open every day. We went on Sunday and it was Closed. In website still written that open. All information phones say that will answer only on working days. That I think is too bad service even for Italy. Children were very disappointed.

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Moscow, Russia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

We lived in Desenzano in early novermber and planned to see Natura Viva. Our daughter is 1,2 months. We wanted to show her animals and birds. Our daughter started to walk but we took stroller with us. I can say that it's very inconvenient to walk with it because of gravel on the road. The zoo has few animals in... More 

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Valletta, Malta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014 via mobile

The park is very well kept & we really had a great time driving with our own car next to the giraffes, tigers, buffaloes etc. We also saw the lovely red Panda. They do a really good job with the animals at this park...keep up the good work.

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Vicenza, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

We chose to go here for my son's 8th birthday and were glad we did. We had a wonderful day. We went on a Monday in September and it was not too crowded at all. We did the walking part of the zoo first because we got a really good parking spot for that; arriving soon after the park opened.... More 

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Pembroke, Malta
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

We visited in August and there was a huge line up of cars waiting to enter the safari section so the day didn't start too well, but things got moving and we finally made it in. Unfortunately, it was raining so maybe the animals were not too keen to roam around, but I wasn't too impressed by the safari. I... More 

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Mosta, Malta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Parco Natura Viva is a very clean and well conserved nature park. My son loved sitting at the front seat and watching all the different animals! Money well spent :D

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

The part of Safari is great with beautiful views and plenty of animals, especially we were amazed by the tigers walking around our car. The part of zoo is not so impressive, but still nice for kids.

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Doha, Qatar
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014 via mobile

This is well worth a visit- been on African safari and seen some of the best zois, but this is just awesome! Its clean, the animals seem to be well integrated into their environment and its mapped out so that the continents are represented- there is an excellent play and picnic area for relaxation- you need a whole day, lots... More 

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derry, ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Our two young kids thoroughly enjoyed this safari and zoo. Brilliant day but pack the sun cream and comfy shoes

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

We lived nearby in 2011, and bought season tickets, so we know this zoo very well. The safari drive is really cool, the kids can all pile into the front seats for a great view. I would not recommend trying to do all of the zoo in one day, the dino park is almost a day's visit in itself. For... More 

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