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Parco Natura Viva

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Address: Localita 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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Great place, and great organization you need a full day to go over everything. Your kids will have nice time and will have fun

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great place, and great organization you need a full day to go over everything. Your kids will have nice time and will have fun

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It was impressive to see a lot of animals surrounding, the park is nice to visit, took us almost one day to see everything.Overall good impression, worth to visit especially safari - around 30 min by own car being in the midlle of animals...although the dinosaurs park is a little boring ..

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Odessa, Ukraine
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

it was surprising that in the park there are no animals that you can see on advertizing. no giraffe, or red panda and other animals could not be found. there was image of indri and road to place where they live. there were sounds of indri high in the trees which made us to look where they are. and with... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Been there yesterday and it is a beautifull park, it is not too expensive for the time you Will spend there. It took us 7 hours to see everything. This due to the extreme heat and no way to cool down. The hills are very steap and I won't recommend going with a wheelchair or heavy stroler. I think that's... More 

Thank Chantal G
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great park- animals are treated well. Lots of different animals. For wheelchair users and small children in prams note that there are a lot of really high paths (15-20% rise). 5 hours are easily spend there.

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Dingli, Malta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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.

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Province of Brescia, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 July 18, 2016

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016

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 June 24, 2016

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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