Located near Pastrengo, in the hills of Lake Garda, the park occupies over 40 hectares of land covered in oak groves and centuries-old trees. It was established in 1969 to preserve animal species in danger of extinction and to disseminate naturalism. For years now, the Natura Viva park has been committed to the preservation of animal species in danger of extinction also via a network of national and international contacts. At the same time, Natura Viva has launched preservation projects in Madagascar, in Morocco and in Cote D’Ivoire, financing research programmes carried out in cooperation with Italian universities and research institutes.
The Park consists of the following theme sections:
· Wildlife Park: this section hosts about one thousand animals of about 200 different species (some of which very rare) from all over the world. In cooperation with important European associations, the Natura Viva park works with animal species in danger of extinction. The walk through the oak groves and ancient tree forests is enriched by the many wild species that have found here their ideal habitat.
· Safari Park: it can be visited only on board one’s own car or coach . The circuit, about 7 km long, extends over an area of about 240,000 m² and is a unique occasion for getting to meet and observe close-up the animals that inhabit the savannah. Guided visits are also available.
· Botanic Itinerary: set in the morainal hills of the Lake Garda area, the Natura Viva park is a veritable naturalistic oasis, not only in terms of wildlife but also of the variety and abundance of plant species. Throughout the itinerary, the plants are illustrated via description panels. The walk through the botanical garden offers a close look at the plants typical of the Lake Garda morainal hills as well as of the exotic flora of the tropical greenhouse, together with the adjoining Aquaterrarium and a Reptile House.
· Dinosaur Park: as a stop along the Wildlife Park itinerary is an area of 50,000 m² that hosts the life sized replicas of the more famous dinosaur species, such as the Tyrannosaurus, the Triceratops and the flying Pterodactyl, that roamed the Earth 200 million years ago and were probably wiped out by a meteorite.
The Natura Viva park is the ideal place for spending a relaxing day with family and friends, on a fantasy trip to faraway exotic lands to observe marvellous animals, many of which now rare, or backwards in time to see the dinosaurs. Adults and children alike thus get a chance to see animals and plants “live”, consequently learning to recognise and respect them. In fact, the structure offers its visitors the chance to interact with the park’s animals, with the guidance of a qualified operator. According to the day and time, one can watch the animals as they are fed, observe some up close and ask questions. The Natura Viva park also offers organized groups, especially school groups, guided tours. The itinerary is disseminated with exhaustive and modern signs that provide basic information about the species and the single animals of the park.
How to get there: The Natura Viva park is located between Bussolengo and Pastrengo (VR). For those coming from Milan on the Milano-Venezia motorway: exit at Peschiera. For those coming from Venice and from Bologna: exit at Verona Nord. For those coming from Trento on the Brenner motorway: exit at Affi. Then follow the indications for Parco Natura Viva - Safari Park
Information: Parco Natura Viva - Loc. Figara, 40 - Bussolengo (VR). Tel. 045 7170113, www.parconaturaviva.it