What to do at Parco Natura Viva

Parco Natura Viva: salvation for many species

Parco natura viva is much more than an ordinary zoo. The preservation of biodiversity and endangered animal species is its most important objective. This is why the park, first of all, defines itself as a true wildlife conservation centre.

Environmental education is passed on to all those who decide to dedicate their time to get to know the lovely “friends” that live inside it.

With more than 200 species welcomed and constantly monitored every day, the itinerary inside the park can last up to 4 hours. It is divided into two parts: the Fauna zone, where there is more than 90% of the fauna, and the Safari zone, accessible by car.

The species come from all over the world, such that the paths that run through the park are named after the five continents. From the African cheetah, to the Siberian tiger, up to some special areas like Borealia, where you can also see the magnificent reindeer.

Every single living thing you can find on the way has something that makes it unique.

So, what to do in Parco Natura Viva? Let’s find it out together, but not before giving you some basic information for your visit!

HOW TO REACH THE PARK AND OTHER USEFUL INFORMATION

Parco natura viva is easily reachable by car, setting up on your sat-nav “Località Quercia – Bussolengo (VR)”. If you prefer instead moving by public transports, there are two ATV bus lines that connect it with the surrounding areas.

The line ATV 163 connects Garda and Verona Porta Nuova Station, passing through the park. Otherwise, for those coming from Affi or Borghetto, the line to consider is the 479 ATV. You can check timetables and fares directly on their website.

You will certainly have perceived that the safety and well-being of the animals that populate the park is paramount, but so is yours!

We would like to remind you of an important clarification if you want to come to the park starting from August 6, 2021. As required by decree, it will be necessary for those over the age of 12 to have the Green Pass to access the park.

It is possible, besides proving that you have had your first dose of vaccination, to take a rapid test within the previous 48 hours. Proof of recovery from Covid-19 within the previous six months is also accepted.

Besides the conservation of the species, there are other equally important purposes that make the park one of the places to visit on Lake Garda.

What to do at Parco Natura Viva
Credits: Cesare Avesani Zaborra

BETWEEN RESEARCH AND EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES: LONG LIVE BIOLOGY!

Today, among the ways in which you can help the park in its admirable work, you can not only adopt an endangered friend. The park, wanting to interact with visitors as much as possible, has created a series of projects specifically for educational purposes.

From simple donations to “open-air classroom” days to introduce even the youngest visitors to biology and the study of the microenvironment. In addition, a summer center is organised every year to teach children about their love of nature and animals.

Regularly, days for teachers are organized, in order to help them learn more about many different topics for their students.

Another important pillar on which Parco Natura Viva’s mission is based is research. Day by day, the pool of data and knowledge to support the conservation programs is enriched, and this for a single purpose.

Which one? To guarantee the maximum environmental and physiological well-being of the creatures that come to live there, and of those that are born from their mothers.

Go on reading to discover the latest facts about one of the most unusual places to visit on Lake Garda.

But.. What to do at Parco Natura Viva to make your visit special? The answer can be found consulting the park website’s newsletter, which we are now going to glance to give you advice.

What to do at Parco Natura Viva
Credits: Parco Natura Viva

THE LATEST NEWS: WHAT TO SEE AND DO AT PARCO NATURA VIVA

Not only giants: at the brand-new House of Giants many tiny animal species are waiting for you.

Have you ever seen a dwarf crocodile? Or a giant otter? Here you can see creatures that you will probably never see again in your life. You will be surprised to learn that dragons exist: Komodo dragon is the proof.

You can find the house of Giants right after Amazonas, the parrots’ aviary. Along your path, remember to stop at certain departments, such as the hippopotamus and red pandas ones.

This year, in fact, it was made even more joyful by the birth of some young of these two fascinating species. In particular, on the Africa Trail, the first one you come across entering the park, you can visit the latest baby of Camilla, a hippopotamus who is now the mother of fourteen children.

But there are some things that happen at Parco Natura Viva and nowhere else in Italy, which make it even more of a place to visit on Lake Garda.

Continue along the Asia area, you’ll come across Mama Tia, a red panda who has just given birth to three children. By the way, the only red pandas born in Italy this year!

In addition to them, you can also admire the enchanting Siberian Luva and her three newborn tigers. Krai, Zov and Alina were welcomed with joy, not least because the species has not been born in Italy since 2004.

You won’t be able to see the lammergeier Eglazine again, however, but for a very good reason! Last year, it took its first flight, releasing itself into the wild: it was the only Italian lammergeier reintroduced into the environment in 2020.

Finally, a special mention goes to the memory of Judi, Europe’s oldest chimpanzee, who left us a few days ago. Davidino, the dominant chimpanzee, was the friend to whom she paid her last respects; but Judi will always be a fundamental pillar of the park’s history.

What is certain is that at Parco Natura Viva novelties are the order of the day. Hurry up to come and explore one of the most amazing places to visit on Lake Garda!

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