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Parco Natura Viva

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Address: Localita Figara 40, 37012, Bussolengo, Italy
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+39 045 717 0113
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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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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Huge zoo and excellent value for money

This is by far and away the best zoo I have ever been to. Given it's rather rural location and the cheap entry fee I was expecting it to be small but found it to be rather... read more

Reviewed September 15, 2016
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Reviewed September 15, 2016

This is by far and away the best zoo I have ever been to. Given it's rather rural location and the cheap entry fee I was expecting it to be small but found it to be rather enormous, including a drive through experience and it took me the whole day to get around. Aside from the animals, the zoo itself... More 

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Reviewed September 15, 2016

the safari part is brilliant you will drive very near the animals the zoo is interesting too , I will recommend the reptile part and the green area. the only thing that disappointed me was that after you pay the entrance you have to pay another 5 eur for the parking

1 Thank Jackie M
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Reviewed September 10, 2016

It was very nice, even fantastic practice to drive your own car and watch zebras, giraffes, rhinos, and other nice animals around your car. You can see other animals by foot after your driving with the same ticket.

2 Thank Hossein N
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Reviewed September 3, 2016 via mobile

Worst place ever!!! Been in traffic 3 hours for nothing!!! Do not saws any lions tigers and stuff like this after all this time. The workers tell us that they sorry and understand it but can do nothing.. Please do not waste your very valuable time on this zoo and safari!!!

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Reviewed September 3, 2016 via mobile

It's taken us an hour to get it. An hour driving round the safari which is average at best. 1 year old screaming as bored. 3 year old needs a wee but no where to get out and do it. No where to overtake if you get stuck behind a prat looking at a donkey for an hour. Rubbish

1 Thank craig g
Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia
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Reviewed August 14, 2016 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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Reviewed August 11, 2016

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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Reviewed August 7, 2016

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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Reviewed July 31, 2016 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 

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Reviewed July 29, 2016 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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