Type of protected area - Where it is located
Wildlife Park - Private Safari Park
Region: Veneto - Bussolengo (Verona)
The Parco Natura Viva is today a modern Zoological Park, an important protection center for threatened species, which has evolved over time to take an active role in the conservation of biodiversity. The park was born from the brilliant idea of the architect Alberto Avesani, the founder, who in the 60s transformed part of his farm, existing since 1933, into a wildlife area, collecting animals from the local fauna to raise them and eventually show them to the public. From this embryonic idea was born the occasion to temporarily welcome even the animals of a circus and hence the thought of creating a park, open to the public, to host both exotic and indigenous animals.
Designed since 1965, a first sector of about 10 hectares was inaugurated on June 25, 1969, the current Fauna park. In 1973, a sector dedicated to African mammal and bird species called Safari was added, to be visited on board your own vehicle. In 1978 the structure was further expanded with new routes: the Aquaterrarium, the Tropical Greenhouse and the Dinosaurs area, where visitors, for the first time in Italy, were able to admire life-size models of the reptiles of the past. Since 1985, an important general redevelopment project has started which has involved and still involves several fundamental aspects: zoological, architectural and managerial. (Www.parconaturaviva.it)
Today the Natura Viva Park: 42 hectares of greenery and Morainic Hill, over 1,500 animals of 250 wild species from all over the world, a tropical greenhouse, a zoo safari and a path dedicated to Dinosaurs. All in a park, to know the past, meet the present and understand how to protect the future of our wonderful nature.
Nutura Viva Park
Natura Viva Park
Natuta Viva Park - Cheetah
The park, which covers an area of about 400,000 square meters, is divided into two main sectors, which can also be visited individually: the Safari Park, to be traveled aboard your vehicle, like an exciting safari in central-southern Africa, and the Wildlife Park , accessible on foot, which includes the Dinosaurs Park, the Tropical Aviary Greenhouse and the Acquaterrarium (fish, amphibians and reptiles). More than 1000 specimens of animals of 175 different species are housed.
The safari park can be visited on board your own vehicle (car, camper or even double bus) as an exciting African safari. Along the way you can admire, a few steps from the windows, herds of herbivores such as elegant giraffes, graceful zebras or antelopes.
Safely you can observe groups of lions resting under the trees or playing chasing each other and surprising cheetahs.
Tropical Aviary Greenhouse and Acquaterrarium
Entering the tropical greenhouse you will immerse yourself in a real tropical rain forest. Walking through dense vegetation, observed by curious colorful birds, you will reach the handicapped department: through a glass you can admire two specimens moving in the water. Connected to the greenhouse, the Aquaterrarium houses some of the largest species of constricting snakes, sauritropicals and colorful fish in reproductions of coral reefs.
In the Park of Extinctions, timeless charm of the past to live thanks to a jump in time. Through life-size models, set in scientific life scene reconstructions, it is possible to admire many animals of the past up close.
From dinosaurs to animals belonging to other groups, from mammals to birds, to extinct species in the historical period.
The Wildlife Park can be visited on foot and hosts numerous animal species representative of the five continents, many of which are in danger of extinction in their environment. In fact, the park is involved in numerous international breeding and safeguarding projects for many rare animals.
Among the most representative you can admire: the Amur Tiger, the Maned Wolf, the Spectacled Bear, the Lemurs of Madagascar (including the Fossa, the only predator) and the Snow Leopard.
All animals are housed in large departments that reproduce the characteristics of their natural habitats, studied by experts and adapted to the specific needs of the species hosted.
Parco Natura Viva- Map
Information for the visit
Natura Viva Park
Visitors Entrance: Provincial Road 27a - 37012 Pastrengo (VR)
Tel - 045 7170113 - [email protected] - www.parconaturaviva.it
Parco Natura Viva is a large zoo that includes a Safari path, to be visited on board your car, and a Wildlife path, where you can walk among the habitats of animals from all over the world. Here you can also find the Dinosaur Park, tropical greenhouse and farm!
Open from March 4, 2017 to early January 2018 (excluding Christmas) every day from 9 am to 6 pm
with seasonal variations. Consult the online calendar at: http://www.parconaturaviva.it/vivi-il-parco/pianifica-la-tua-visita/orari-e-prezzi.
PRICES full ticket (Faunistic + Safari)
valid from March 4, 2017 to December 8, 2017
FREE child 0-2 years
Child 3-12 years € 15.00
Adult (from 13 years) € 20.00
From 9 December 2017 until early January 2018 (Christmas excluded): SPECIAL WINTER OPENING in which only the Fauna-pedestrian section will be open with a discounted admission ticket price.
For more information visit our website: www.parconaturaviva.it