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Address: 2404 Prospect Rd, JP Fishburn Parkway, Roanoke, VA 24014
Phone Number: 5403433241
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We promote an appreciation and understanding of animal and habitat...

We promote an appreciation and understanding of animal and habitat preservation through the use of quality exhibits and educational programs. Mill Mountain Zoo was founded in 1952 as a nursery-rhyme themed petting zoo that featured farm animals, birds, and native Virginia wildlife. For the first twenty-five years, we were operated by Roanoke's Parks and Recreation Department. In 1978, the Roanoke Jaycees renewed the zoo and replaced old exhibits to create a place appealing to all ages. Governance was turned over to the Blue Ridge Zoological Society of Virginia, Inc. in 1988 (more commonly known as Mill Mountain Zoo). In the early 1990's, a citizens' committee created a master plan for exhibitions, visitor amenities, and expansion of the site to our current eight acres. Other improvements included new exhibits and an upgrade of infrastructure. In 1995, Mill Mountain Zoo first received accreditation from the AZA, which sets the highest standards in the nation for zoos. Of our nation's 2,000 government-licensed animal exhibition facilities, only about 200 qualify for AZA accreditation. AZA membership also provides a network of zoological expertise and reciprocal member arrangements with zoos across the country. Within Virginia, only four AZA accredited facilities exist-Mill Mountain Zoo in Roanoke, the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center in Virginia Beach, the Virginia Living Museum and the Virginia Zoological Park in Norfolk.

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Quiet afternoon

This is a quiet zoo and a nice afternoon walk. Some of the habitats were under renovation so some of the animals such as the cougar were not there, but overall it was a nice... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Hillsboro, Oregon
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Hillsboro, Oregon
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33 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a quiet zoo and a nice afternoon walk. Some of the habitats were under renovation so some of the animals such as the cougar were not there, but overall it was a nice place to visit. Last train ride around the property is at 11am.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

While it may be small it is mighty. It's efforts in conservation and education are priceless. Many animals have been successfully bred here and then sent as ambassadors to other areas. Truly a gem.

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Thank Tina C
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Give the vulture some water on a hot day! The girls that worked there that were alone were working hard. There are other girls who walk around chatting and staring at their cell phones and not doing anything. They walked by the vulture habitat and the vulture looked at them with begging eyes. They paid not one glance at it...too... More 

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Angelica, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Is a small zoo but for small children it is great. The drive is a long climb up to the top of the hill but makes for an enjoyable day for a family and will not "break the bank".

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Thank Larry C
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Think of this as the express version of a zoo. My kids loved the red pandas and riding in the little train.

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Dublin, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It makes me sad to write this review because I know the people at Mill Mountain Zoo do the best they can with the resources they have but this is honestly a lackluster zoo. Hadn't been in 10 years or so and decided to take my little 3 year old granddaughter. I was disappointed upon arrival to find out that... More 

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Roanoke, Virginia
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33 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This zoo appears weathered and struggling to us. We miss the train and the little nursery rhyme theme from as we remember it in our youth, and it seems very run down to us now. There are a few exhibits to view, and the whole zoo can be covered in about ten minutes if you have a kid with ashort... More 

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Thank TheGoodiesofRke
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I were looking for a nice day trip so we decided to go to the Mill Mtn Zoo. It wasn't an expensive outing and was really fun. The zoo was kept up nicely and the animals looked really healthy and happy. They had everything from snakes to exotic birds and animals.

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Thank Kramdsy
Roanoke, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Me and my kids always love going to Mill Mountain and the zoo is the highlight of our trip. We love the small size and variety of animals and the view and location is beautiful!

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Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When I visited this Zoo in the Fall, the animals seemed really sad. Several were alone or in single pairs when they normally have much larger groups or packs. One wild cat looked at me with such sad longing eyes. The wolves were the same. This zoo REALLY needs a huge investment and update, or it needs to close to... More 

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