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Parco Natura Viva

#1 of 13 things to do in Bussolengo Features Animals
Localita Figara 40, 37012, Bussolengo, Italy
+39 045 717 0113
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Pretty big zoo! Average safari.

Safari is what you'd expect... there are some giraffes, antilopes, weird african cows and monkeys... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Nejc V
via mobile
nice parc but difficult with buggy

we had a good time there in general, lovely parc with loads of animals but there are a lot of steep... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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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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Localita Figara 40, 37012, Bussolengo, Italy
+39 045 717 0113
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Safari is what you'd expect... there are some giraffes, antilopes, weird african cows and monkeys, which most of the time keep for themselves. The real experience is the zoo. Take your time, because if you want to see every animal, it will take you about...More

Thank Nejc V
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

we had a good time there in general, lovely parc with loads of animals but there are a lot of steep hills and its difficult to push the buggy, there are mostly pebble paths. not to recommend for small kids, i saw a lot of...More

1  Thank nbgvan
Reviewed 13 July 2017 via mobile

It's so nice to see the animals so very well kept and taken care of, loved I must say!! Place has a great safari ride, where you get to experience many different Safari animals in relative freedom! What an experience to drive next to them...More

1  Thank Francesco D
Reviewed 10 July 2017

Great Zoo with two parts; first safari with car and then other walking. It takes whole day to explore it fully. Lots of animals to see. Animals have good space and it might be so that you don't even see all the animals. Highly recommended....More

1  Thank Savu28
Reviewed 7 July 2017 via mobile

This zoo is the best one, that I have ever been to and I have been to a lot. There was many threes and nature all around and the cages were bigger than in other zoos. All of the animals seemed to be good and...More

Thank Miraingemann
Reviewed 29 June 2017 via mobile

We went to this animal park with our 2 year old and 4 year old. We pre purchased tickets from the family park we are staying in. It was around 10 euros cheaper for us all for the safari and the zoo part of the...More

Thank guinesscaffrey
Reviewed 28 June 2017

We spent a perfect day here - the Safari part was very interesting, since we went there during the week - there was no crowd at all. During the walk there are lots of places to rest and enjoy. The habitats are spacious and well...More

Thank Emmica_ZG
Reviewed 28 June 2017 via mobile

We actually got advised against going here as it wasn't good. We decided to go anyway to give it a chance as our two boys love zoos. I'm glad we did as it was a great day out. We did the safari part first and...More

Thank ryan180680
Reviewed 28 June 2017 via mobile

This is a really excellent zoo. There are 2 areas, one on foot (fauna area) and one for a car (safari area). The fauna zoo is the main area and you can easily spend your whole day there. Lots of well looked after animals of...More

Thank Dom S
Reviewed 10 June 2017 via mobile

There's 2 parts- first one is safari where you drive through the park with African animals, then you park the car and walk through the zoo. Both are awesome. Zoo is great, easy to navigate with the given map, lots of animals kept in very...More

1  Thank AndreyKarman
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17 April 2017|
Response from Victoria B | Reviewed this property |
It took about half a day for both. Verona is only 25 minutes away and has lots more to see and plenty of food options!
26 July 2016|
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Response from 2lovehim | Reviewed this property |
The very nice zoo-like area can be done only by foot. The safari area can only be done in a motorized vehicle. I guess you could as to join someone else's car, but you would not be safe or permitted to enter without a... More
25 November 2015|
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Response from MelNog | Reviewed this property |
Closed for winter... Don't know about the Xmas week... But if u have the chance to go, u should go for sure! 😃