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Parco Natura Viva

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Localita Figara 40, 37012, Bussolengo, Italy
+39 045 717 0113
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One of the best zoo in Europe

Really good and interesting zoo spread around a hill. Lots of animals grouped by their living area... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Likis
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Helsinki, Finland
Great and fun

It was a lot of fun in the park. My only complaint was the smell with was bearable by still... read more

Reviewed 3 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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“safari park” (18 reviews)
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“nice zoo” (4 reviews)
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Localita Figara 40, 37012, Bussolengo, Italy
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really good and interesting zoo spread around a hill. Lots of animals grouped by their living area. Large spaceous area for the animals to live. Lots of threes and bushes create shadows make it bearable to visit even in a hot day. The hilly landscape...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It was a lot of fun in the park. My only complaint was the smell with was bearable by still fine. Great place to bring children You go 20 minutes on car And then you can walk 3 hours with is the best part.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

.... they can offer you discounts on the entry tickets. So we took both, Safari and the Park. Safari was not overwhelming, but ok. It is possible to rent a car there if you didn't already arrive buy your own. The Park on the other...More

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Reviewed July 12, 2018 via mobile

Totally worth the drive from Riva! If you are on holiday you have to visit this beautiful park! The stuff is super friendly and the animals are breathtaking. We have been at the park at first and then we took our car for the safari...More

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Reviewed July 6, 2018 via mobile

Well, extremely happy about by visit. You paid €22 euro and my son 3 years old, do not pay. The safari is 30 minutes and you can see a lots of animals like giraffe for example, free and not in enclosure. After the tour you...More

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Reviewed June 25, 2018 via mobile

We spent 4 hrs walking with the kids and an add 45 min to take a tour with the car, but it was worth see it. The park is great, the animals have a lot of space, kids can see lots of different species and...More

Thank Petra G
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Reviewed June 11, 2018 via mobile

The safari is big and the zoo itself as well but try go there when it’s not so hot so you can see some animals and not looking for them in the shades. The exhibits are large and there is a variety of animals. The...More

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Reviewed May 15, 2018 via mobile

Such a lovely and beautiful park! It’s big, beautiful animals and the staff is friendly. We enjoyed the safari as well! Definately worth a visit. 5 stars for sure :) Only thing I was disturbed by was the fact that during the safari visit we...More

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Reviewed May 3, 2018

We took advantage of a warm spring Saturday to visit the Parco Natura Viva. Trying not to be put off by the queue going in (we had to wait about half an hour before getting to the tills) we decided to first visit the 'safari'...More

Thank thejesmeister
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Reviewed March 17, 2018 via mobile

We spent here a rainy day, but it was great. We saw all the animals and they came to the window. The place are very natural. The animal have large and nice places. They seem to happy and healthy. There are some good bar as...More

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AlexiaFrendo
March 4, 2018|
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Response from TheJurmans | Reviewed this property |
No, I'm sorry, as far as I know there is no shuttle nor a bus, keep in mind that Milan is not so close to the park (another region!).
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OMER P
April 17, 2017|
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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!
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SHF99
July 26, 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
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