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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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Visited during July 2015 on a Monday - not busy. A Dad plus two teenagers using public transport (bus; caught from nearby town of Lazise, inexpensive and fast; approx. 2 Euros pp... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 17, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We had read the reviews so expected a slow drive through the safari but with decent animal views. It started off well with giraffes and wildebeests easily seen. However the movement was painfully slow and when we eventually made by to the lions etc. we found that they could hardly be seen. We spent very little time in the main... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We took the tour of the park on August. Beside having a traffic jam all across the park we were not able to see many of the animals (hiding due the hot weather) it's actually a waste of time Not recommended at all!

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Cleethorpes, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Visited during July 2015 on a Monday - not busy. A Dad plus two teenagers using public transport (bus; caught from nearby town of Lazise, inexpensive and fast; approx. 2 Euros pp each way, stops outside the car park entrance). there's a 5 minute walk through the car park to the main entrance where you buy entry tickets. The park... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Safari: To much cars and not to much animals. They are not around cars and you feel like in traffic jam (expensive traffic jam).

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Rijpwetering, The Netherlands
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

We had very high expectations due to the high ratings on trip advisor. First we were disappointed due to the fact that we could not buy separate tickets for the park and the safari. Second, it takes ages to drive through the safari park. After an hour we are not even half way through the park. The cars are moving... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Lot of fun, don't miss the safari part. Great amusement for children but also adults. Avoid weekends and holidays since driving in safari can be quite slow.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

The children were delighted; the highlight was when the giraffes went to the car to search for the food :) It is so interesting to see the animals that walk freely while you drive past them, especially animals like leopards, lions and similar "danger" animals. Safari is definitely something what makes this zoo so special and different from others I've... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

We went with our 18 year old son and had a great day. The safari part is small but we were able to see the animals close up. No baboons to damage your rental car! The zoo park was large with lots of different areas to see broken down into continents. Clearly lots of concern for saving endangered species. It... More 

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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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