The Parco Natura Viva is a modern zoological park located between Verona and Lake Garda, in the Municipality of Bussolengo and has become a landmark in this area throughout Italy. Let’s discover together all the features of this structure, visited by thousands of tourists every year.
The Parco Natura Viva was born from an intuition of the architect Alberto Avesani who, in the 1960s, transformed his farm into a wildlife area. Initially, there were animals of the local fauna, later also circus species. So, the idea was of creating a park open to all that can accommodate exotic and native animals. The Parco Natura Viva was designed in 1965 and officially opened its doors on June 25th, 1969. The first guest of the structure was the hippopotamus Pippo.
The cute and funny animal remained in the park until 18 January 2009. In forty years, it seems they have come to greet more than 5 million children. To pay tribute to Pippo, a statue representing the imposing metal hippopotamus weighing 600 kg was built.
Specifically, the Parco Natura Viva is made up of two sections within 42 hectares of wooded green. The Wildlife section includes about 90% of the animal species of the park and that, through a pedestrian path, allows you to visit the 5 continents (Paths of Africa, Oceania, Asia, America, Europe). Extinction Park and Tropical Greenhouse “Green Forest” are added to these macro-areas. There are the refreshment points (restaurants, fast food bars), play areas and toilets.
Then there is the Safari section which, as the name suggests, is tackled by car along with the habitat of African animals. There are no refreshment points in this area of the structure.
1500 animals of 250 different species: these are the impressive numbers of Parco Natura Viva in terms of animal presence. A veritable riot of races belonging to the 5 continents. So you can see up close the European bison, the white rhino, the Siberian tiger, the giraffe, Spectacled caiman, and the black swan, just to name a few.
One of the peculiarities of the Natura Viva Park is that it is accessible to everyone, including people with special needs. To visit the Wildlife section, where in some places the slope is more than 8%, people with special needs must be accompanied. At the info point, for a small fee of € 5.00, you can use a manual wheelchair. As for parking, there is the P1 car park which is totally free. For those who have mobility issues and have the sign, the places closest to the road leading to the cash desk are reserved.
Entrance to the park for people with special needs is free or discounted based on the type of disability. On busy days, people with special needs can use cash 4 to avoid queuing. For the use of the bathrooms, people with special needs at the checkout will receive a universal key for safe access. Furthermore, in the dining and picnic areas, there are tables reserved for people with special needs.
Raising awareness and bringing schools and families closer to environmental issues. This is one of the objectives of the Educational sector of the Parco Natura Libera. As for schools, there are many projects in the pipeline. Moving to families, there are fun activities throughout the park.
The Parco Natura Viva – Zoo Safari is the name of the App available on the Google Play dedicated to the zoological park of Bussolengo. It includes an audio guide, a map of the park and more information. An app that allows you to connect with the Park at any time to monitor scheduled events. Five continents, to discover: plan the visit, read the animal records, learn to recognize them, discovering the curiosities from the animal and plant kingdom. And if you want to know more about your favorite animals and get to know their history, visit the profiles dedicated to the inhabitants of the Park.
The App contains information for the visit (time, prices, how to get there, etc.,…). The audio tour of the five continents of the wildlife park with the most representative animals. An interactive map of the park, with search by animal and localization of refreshment points. The calendar of scheduled events. Support projects and conservation of animal species.
The Parco Natura Viva offers different rates also depending on the different seasons of the year. From March 4th to December 10th, 2018, the Park is always open and the cost of the whole ticket (Faunistico + Safari) is as follows: € 20.00 for seniors (65+ years), € 22.00 for adults (from 13 years and over), € 17.00 from 3 to 12 years, free from 0 to 2 years.
Here is the schedule for the Parco Natura Viva. The Wildlife section is open Monday to Saturday from 9.00 am to 4.00 pm, while on Sundays and public holidays until 4.30 pm. Moving to the Safari section, it remains open to the public from Monday to Saturday from 10.00 am to 2.30 pm, while on Sundays and public holidays from 9.30 am to 3.00 pm.
The Parco Natura Viva is located in Quercia in Bussolengo (Verona). Concerning the connection, it is easy to reach the park from Lazise. In all cases, you must follow the signs: Parco Natura Viva-Safari Park.