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Address: Loc. Figara 40, 37012 Bussolengo, Italy
Phone Number: 045 717 01 13

The Alberto Avesani Farm was founded back in 1933 and covers 64 hectares of...

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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Been today, the opened half an hour late due to some problems in cash. But was worth waiting. Prepare your self for long walks but it's an amazing experience. Took us about 4 hrs... read more

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Dingli, Malta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Been today, the opened half an hour late due to some problems in cash. But was worth waiting. Prepare your self for long walks but it's an amazing experience. Took us about 4 hrs zoo and safari. Would recommand first to go to safari than zoo.

Thank galeasarah
Province of Brescia, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This zoo is well worth your time to visit. It is our family's favourite zoo. Every other zoo I've been to, the larger animals are all lethargic and honestly, pretty boring, but at Parco Natura Viva they often move around and it's a real delight. The best part of all is the petting zoo where you can feed the goats.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had planned to do the safari tour but arrived to late, last entry to safari tour 4 pm, so we took Fauna park and walked through what I can only describe as a massive Zoo. It is a semi forest so you are partially in the shade sometimes exposed to full sun, depending to where you are. Some of... More 

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Durham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Brilliant day out! Good value for money too. The drive round safari park was brilliant, and bigger than we expected. So great for our little boy to see these animals for the first time, and up so close. The fauna park was great too, with loads of different animals to see. Enclosures were really nice and as large and natural... More 

Thank Emma H
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Only 20 euros to get in and you could easily spend a whole day there!!! Thee zoo seems to care about the animals and there welfare which makes the experience even better. Would definitely recommend for a cheap day out

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016 via mobile

We have been in Saturday with families and kids (4 and 2 years old) and it was great since there are a lot of animals and its relatively easy to show them to the kids. We have been starting from the safari (it's done by using own car) and there was a quite impressive queue in front of the gate.... More 

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Tolmin, Slovenia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016

This is a very interesting ZOO where visitors can watch animals while driving their car. The journey takes about half an hour. After that visitors can visit a "normal" ZOO on foot. We came there in the middle of the week at about 11 a.m. and did not have any problems with queues. Unfortunately, at the end we had to... More 

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Bournemouth, England, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

As a huge lover of zoos and encountering all of the different animals, there were ups and downs to this zoo. Whilst we saw a number of animals expected, there were a number that we could not see, as they were only on the 'Safari' park. As holiday goers in a rental car, we decided to keep to the 'Fauna'... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016

Our recommendation would be to go through the safari in your car fairly early (as it can get hot both for you and for the animals) and then enjoy the wandering zoo which includes a lot of shade and refreshments. Parking is 2 Euro extra.

Thank 2lovehim
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016

The Safari part of the park is just amazing. Really enjoyed it. The zoo itself is good too quite big so do allow ample time to be able to go through it all! Might be a bit tiring with young kids as some areas are hilly but still lots of animals to see - Would go back any day :)

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