Dear guests,
Parco Natura Viva hosts the most important Italian zoological collection. Along the path, divided into geographical areas, you can see the great biodiversity of our planet. A qualified staff of biologists, veterinarians and naturalists takes care of this extraordinary Noah’s ark with over 250 animal species. Endangered species are entrusted to Parco Natura Viva in a range of European projects for protection. The effort of Parco Natura Viva towards animal species extends also to their original habitats working with various organizations to protect them from degradation. The reintroduction in nature of the European bison, of the griffon vulture in addition to the research projects in Madagascar are just a few examples of our commitment to the conservation “in situ”. Since 2004, Parco Natura Viva has been involved in helping the most disadvantaged groups that benefit from the animal-assisted therapy. Parco Natura Viva is part of a European and international large network, aimed at raising awareness among visitors about environmental issues and at training biologists and veterinarians to improve more and more the technical management of the common heritage of wildlife. Your visit is a concrete support activity to everything described above in addition to being an unforgettable experience in contact with animals from all continents.
Dott. Cesare Avesani Zaborra
Scientific Director

Conservation Projects

The world’s wildlife is under threat. Scientists reckon a third of all animal and plant species on Earth face a high risk of extinction within this century. There’s a worldwide network of zoos, which join forces to co-ordinate conservation work. Parco Natura Viva belongs to this network and works through breeding programmes (EEP and ESB) to manage species between different zoos as self-sustaining populations whilst maintaining genetic diversity. Parco Natura Viva is playing a big part in the battle to protect threatened species and habitats and its Research and Conservation Department is involved in animal welfare, research and field conservation.


The link and cooperation with the international network EAZA (European Association of Zoos and Aquaria) is very strong.
For the management of specimens of endangered species we refer to the EEP (European Endangered species Programme) and ESB (European Studbook) breeding programs.

EEP (European Endangered species Program) - is a form of management for the species in the Zoo which are registered with EAZA. Each species in the EEP has a coordinator (someone with specialized knowledge of the species), who operates with the assistance of a Commission for the species whose task is to gather information and analysis for the compilation of a studbook and the formulation a plan for the future management of the species.
ESB (European Studbook) is a less intensive form of species management than EEP. The keeper responsible for a species collects information about births, deaths, transfers etc. from all EAZA Zoos holding the species and provides advice and guidance for the optimal management of the population.

Parco Natura Viva maintains the role of European Studbook (ESB) of the Ring-tailed Lemur species in Europe and provides guidelines about the management and handling of specimens for other structures which house this species.