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Address: Loc. Figara 40, 37012 Bussolengo, Italy
Phone Number: 045 717 01 13
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The Alberto Avesani Farm was founded back in 1933 and covers 64...

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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Went with 4 kids. Got a combined ticket for Safari and Zoo (it included also the "extinct Zoo" with dinosaur statues). Absolutely worth it. We enjoyed every part of it. Zoo is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Ljubljana, Slovenia
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went with 4 kids. Got a combined ticket for Safari and Zoo (it included also the "extinct Zoo" with dinosaur statues). Absolutely worth it. We enjoyed every part of it. Zoo is very green although nothing special about selection of species, just normal assortment. There were a lot of playgrounds, benches, small cafes. Extinct Zoo like this one in many... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have visited Parco Natura Viva on a nice weekend. I was not expecting to enjoy so much. Very well organized. If you are around, do not miss.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Animals well kept and took us around 5hrs to complete the fauna park. Then the safari path was very nice :)

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Island of Malta, Malta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

a great way to spent time with annimals,loved the safari ride andthe giraffe are really friendly.our son enjoyed it a lot

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Mosta, Malta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

the place is overflowing with things to do and see.... lots of animals in a very good state and very close to the visitors. The car safari was an amazing experience and the rest of the park SUPER!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

We stayed in Peschiera, so we decided to visit this "zoo". For 20€ we was in the parc and made the safari trip with our own car. :) nice place and the animals were so adorable :) Maybe it's better not to go on weekend, because there were so many loud children. But i really like this place :)

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

This safari park is absolutely amazing! You get your ticket for the Safari and the zoo the safari you are very close to the animals we had a giraffe walk beside our car door for a good 5 mins you'll see from the pictures how close you can get! Obviously the lions and leopards are in an enclosure. The zoo... More 

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Leuven, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

we stayed half day and went both in the safari and the fauna park. there are a lot of animals to see and you can even play with a couple of goats :) I did not manage to properly spot the Sloth but we had a very nice time, totally worth it the 20 Euro btw..apparently this is the only... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

My wife, my 2.5 year old daughter and I visited the fauna park today to escape the thunderstorms on the west side of the lake today and we were not disappointed. We didn't go in the safari park but frankly we didn't have time as it took us 6 hours to walk around the zoo and see all of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

There is absolutely loads to do here. There is the drive around the safari park which has pretty much everything you could wish for (except maybe an elephant!). The kids absolutely loved this, the animals were all very confident and came and stood in front of the car, touched the car with their noses etc. They were absolutely captivated. There... More 

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