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Parco Natura Viva

Loc. Figara 40, 37012 Bussolengo, Italy
045 717 01 13
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Ranked #1 of 6 Attractions in Bussolengo
Type: Zoos
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

We saved our visit to the Parco Natura Viva until the final day of our holiday and we're slightly disappointed that we did - there was so much to do here, we would love to come back on another occasion. First of all there is a safari: you take your own car (though i believe you can also hire or... More

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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

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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3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014 via mobile

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

a huge park to walk around in. sometimes a little difficult to see the animals, but the kids enjoyed it

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Toronto, Canada
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9 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

About 40 hectares of land there is a natural zoological garden which is home to some 1.500 specimens belonging to over 250 wild species. The Park is divided into two main areas to visit: the Safari Park, in which the visitor stays in his vehicle which is the most amazing way for sightseeing and the Fauna Park, which is for... More

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Blackburn, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

We had a family day out here and had a lot of fun. The tour around the safari park was spectacular. Most of the animals were visible from the car and some posed for photographs! One of the giraffes didn't want to move from the road as it was in the shade of a tree and allowed us to drive... More

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Princeton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

It's interesting to see how varied the reviews are. We loved it--but maybe we just had good luck. It had rained hard the day before, but we were there on a beautiful spring morning--not too hot (when the animals apparently hide in the shade) and not too stormy (when they take shelter). I thought we would enjoy the car safari... More

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18 attraction reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

We've been here some years ago. It was an unforgettable experience! Many animals walking around, lions laying on the grass , hippos , giraffes and rhinos crossing the road- wow!! This time it looked really poor.. 1- we were unlucky having chosen the wrong time- Saturday 10-30, (the safari starts at this time). So that was so full!! The real... More

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