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Address: Loc. Figara 40, 37012 Bussolengo, Italy
Phone Number: 045 717 01 13
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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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Easy to find zoo close to Lake Garda..... the zoo is set on a hill so at times it was hard work walking about! Wear trainers or closed in shoes as the paths are gravel and it... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 16, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Easy to find zoo close to Lake Garda..... the zoo is set on a hill so at times it was hard work walking about! Wear trainers or closed in shoes as the paths are gravel and it saves you shaking out your shoes every 5 minutes. Animals had plenty of space and looked healthy. Food stations were great and juice... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Bad roads to the nature park. Crowded. Not much water in July and not impressive at all. Waste of time

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Vantaa, Finland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

This park is good place to stay whole day. First you drive by car Safari section: we saw lot of different animals very closely. It is good to know, that there is no toilet in this part of the park. After safari section, they will show to you your parking place and you can go to the Fauna section. That... More 

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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 via mobile

The zoo is very nice, we first went in a safari, where there was a bit crowded at the begining so we were just stopped cos everybody jn front was watching the animals roaming free, its not the biggest safari but it definetly worth seeing! The zoo itself is huge, where you walk through, they have bars all around, its... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

We hired two cabs from Peschiera Del Garda to go there during our holiday in Italy and it was an good experience. After arriving we took park jeeps on rent for 10Euros only to drive in safari, its nice for children and adults too and it only took 45 minutes to complete the entire length. Nice concept and when you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

I visited this place while visiting Milan. It took a little less than 2 hours to get there and it was most certainly worth the trip! Unlike sad zoos, the animal enclosures are quiet big and the animal roam freely within their space. It was actually difficult to spot the wolves in their enclosed forest area - did do eventually... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

the parc "zoo" is very nice , animals also if not free have really place; the parc natura viva during safari you can meet animals which are free , the moment with intense emotion was when seeing the 3 guepards running ! wow ! there are lot of other attractions around lago di Garda !

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

Parco Natura Viva is an incredible combination of Safari Park and a Zoo Park. Both are fantastic. Safari park is not so common for Europe, you come there at your own car (I had a concern about my insurance coverage against rhino damage), and it's a real safari with giraffes, antilopes, lions etc, The zoo park (fauna park) is so... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

My hubby, kids and myself made some previous research on the internet for the best (i.e value for money) way to go to this park (we stayed in Peschiere del Garda). My advice: do not waste your time on such research! If you don't rent a car for the entire vacation while staying in that area, do not look for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Excellent job for this Italian park. My family and I we enjoyed so much. Please disregard what someone wrote about the safari you can see close up the animals, great experience for our city kids. Sure that if you recently had a safari in Africa is different. This is Europe and you have the chance to get close to the... More 

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Address: Loc. Figara 40, 37012 Bussolengo, Italy
Phone Number: 045 717 01 13
Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Veneto  >  Province of Verona  >  Bussolengo

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