A stones throw from Alberobello and Locorotondo is the second largest wildlife park in Europe!! And it’s a drive-though!! Zoosafari has more than 200 species of animals where most are immersed in nature with complete freedom. We were guests in their home. We drove past a pair of bears wrangling with each other, lions and tigers lounging under olive trees, monkey’s jumping from tree to tree, and zebras and camels roaming free in the road. Then we went on some walking fun to catch the reptiles, birds, polar animals, and tons more. It was quite the experience and a fun adventure for the kid!
The adventure begins with the safari. The “wildest” part of the park consists of a path that winds along about 6 kilometers among the centuries-old olive and carob trees of the Mediterranean maquis. While driving through you encounter interesting surprises: from savannah animals such as tigers, zebras, giraffes, elephants or lions to species typical of other ecosystems such as deer, camels, collared bears, flamingos … All in freedom and so close!(Some a little too close)!
After the journey by car, the visit continues in the pedestrian area. Here, in a setting embellished by lots of greenery, you find yourselves immersed in the fascinating world of Primates: from the beloved Riù gorilla, to the very active chimpanzees, to the agile lemurs. And then again the white alpacas, wild dogs and several large birds. There are reptiles, a polar bear, and a ride in a chain-gated train to see the ferocious teeth and hear the screeches of baboons up close and personal.
Our roots will forever be from here, America, born and raised. Yet, life requires us to move more frequently than we care to count. Whether living stateside or abroad, you can always find us traveling somewhere. We scout out places that you only think you can dream of one day seeing and we seek out those that aren’t found in guidebooks. We then bring them to life here in our travel memos, so hopefully, one day you too can visit them or at least be able to live vicariously through us. This blog isn’t just about crossing off places from a bucket list. It’s about absorbing and learning how other cultures grow and fit into the same world that we do. Life is short and the world is big. Enjoy and get out there!