Do you like wild animals? Do you like dinosaurs? Do you like wild nature? There is a park for that near Lake Garda, just a few kilometres from the centre of Verona by car or by bus; Parco Natura Viva. Parco Natura Viva is a zoo park and an entertainment destination for families, groups of friends and students. Here you can admire many species in their natural habitat, as the park plays an important role in protecting the surroundings for species, sustains research and education. Parco Natura Viva is not just entertainment for tourists; it plays a fundamental role within Italy by cooperating with Forest Rangers, taking care of, and providing homes for confiscated animals. It also supports many international projects which help with fauna protection, such as a return to the wild scheme for the European bison, Griffon Vulture and Ibis. This park is extremely important to the international projects which support animals and nature, and part of the cost visitors pay in their entry ticket is donated back to help the endangered species of the world. There are three sections in the park.
You can visit the Safari Park in your own vehicle (car, campers or buses, even double-decker ones) just like an original African Safari. In this part of the zoo park you can get right up close and see giraffes, zebras and antelopes, lions resting under trees, cheetahs, hyenas, hippos, rhinos and exotic birds. The animals are free to roam throughout the park.
This is a modern breeding centre for animals at risk of extinction. It hosts more than 1500 animals belonging to 280 different species in wide enclosures surrounded by vegetation. Among many others, you will see Snow Leopards, Amur Leopards, Maned Wolves, tigers, bears, snakes, crocodiles, Madagascar Lemurs and their unique predator, the fossa. In this part of the park you can walk around freely.
Back to the past, this area is dedicated to the former dominators of our planet: the dinosaurs. In the Extinction Park you can see the life-sized models of the animals of the past and discover their habits. The models represent both giant and smaller specimens, some of them found in Italy. Some more recently extinct animals are also represented.
All of the models are based on the most recent scientific research in the paleontological field and are extremely realistic.