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The Fasano Zoosafari, biodiversity in 6 stages, including a surprise

In the heart of Apulia, on the border with Salento and just a stone's throw from major tourist destinations such as Alberobello, Locorotondo or the white town of Ostuni, the Fasano Zoosafari is the largest wildlife park in Italy, and one of the largest in

04 August 2022

In Europe in terms of the number of species it hosts. At 140 hectares, it is a true oasis of biodiversity and, in the spirit of modern zoos, plays an important role in protecting and safeguarding many endangered species. 

1. Close encounters

Immersed in nature and surrounded by a wide range of animals of all species, welcomed and cared for in complete freedom, the Zoosafari is a natural paradise where you can spend a day full of emotions and unforgettable encounters: meet the lion that yawns as soon as he wakes up, see the hippos bathing under the branches, make way for a line of busy zebras or let yourself be mimicked by a cheeky chimpanzee. Everywhere you look there is a surprise, something to explore.

The park is divided into various areas, plus the final surprise: the FasanoLandia park, dedicated to entertainment, the crowning glory of a visit to Fasano. 

2. First stage by car: the Safari

This is the “wildest” part, a 6-kilometre-long adrenaline-filled route that can only be completed by car, camper van or bus. A real safari among the centuries-old olive and carob trees of the Mediterranean maquis, where it is possible to observe, at close quarters, as many as 3,000 animals of 200 different species: the animals of the savannah, lions, tigers, giraffes, gazelles, elephants, zebras, bison; roaming free and mixed with species belonging to different ecosystems: ostriches, llamas, camels and dromedaries, as well as deer and flamingos

3. Second stage on foot: the Primates' Area

After the car tour, the visit continues on foot. Completely immersed in the greenery, the pedestrian route has other thrilling surprises in store: you will enter the lively world of primates, who are often so astonishingly similar to us: from the beloved gorilla Riù, the real star of the park, to the hyperactive chimpanzees, and then the herd of very friendly lemurs, the docile alpacas, the lycaons and various large birds

4. Third stage with the Metrozoo: the Lake of Large Mammals

Once the pedestrian route is over, it's time to get back on board a new means of transport, this time the Metrozoo, a monorail with a panoramic view which, skimming over the tree tops, takes visitors into a new realm, this time an aquatic one: a small lake scattered with islets and topped by a small waterfall is home to a varied group of seals, hippos, singing gibbons and, surprisingly, brown bears and polar bears. And on the way back, there is the noisy monkey village with its very lively and busy guests.

5. Fourth stage: The Tropical Room, the Reptile House/Aquarium

Still within the pedestrian area, the itinerary continues indoors, in the Tropical Room, an air-conditioned tent covering about 700 square metres hosting reptiles, fish and various invertebrates. Here, visitors can get up close to all kinds of snakes, both poisonous and non-poisonous (boas, pythons, rattlesnakes, vipers), freshwater and land tortoises, saurians, iguanas, monitor lizards, geckos, chameleons, alligators, as well as giant spiders, scorpions and butterflies.