Travelers today I will make do you a small safari.
A few days ago, in fact, I discovered that I could admire exotic animals without flying until Africa. The campaigns of the province of Vicenza, in fact, can reserve a lot of surprises: in Cartigliano, small town near Bassano del Grappa, there is a park that in addition to the petting zoo with ponies, goats and pigs, offers visitors the opportunity to see up close lynx, monkeys, camels, antelopes and hippos. It is the Wildlife Park Cappeller.
Opened to the public in March 1998, this exotic garden already existed many years before as a private park born from a passion for animals of Cappeller family.
Spread over 40,000 square meters, it’s home to hundreds of species of animals and more than 500 plant species, including aquatic plants, ferns, palms, conifers and hardwoods expertly arranged along the route. The ticket costs 12 € and reduced 8 euro, but if you want to spend a different day from usual, and entertain your children is money well spent. In fact, the park is very nice and well equipped with games for children, picnic areas and snack bars.
Besides a journey to discover the world of animals, the park offers visitors the chance to learn about the history of man. For a 3 euro ticket fact you can visit the museum dedicated to the evolution that is developed in two floors, with a total area of 2400 square meters. It’s not the usual exhibition hall but is a real journey full of scenes that explain the existence of prehistoric people.
The tour continues with the rooms devoted to natural habitats where there are exposed more than 4000 specimens of taxidermied animals. I admit: see tigers, bears and lions taxidermied, made me a little bit impression, but the visit to the museum is helpful to understand their size. I had never seen a lion (although taxidermied) so closely; and now that I know how big it is, if I ever make a safari in Africa, I would never find one at close range. It’s Scary.
The journey into the animal world of the museum will continue with the inauguration, in April 2016, of a section devoted to insects, don’t miss it.
From March to September the park is open daily from 9 am to 7 pm.