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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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This is a small but fun zoo to give kids a look at some different types of animals. It is small enough to take a younger child and keep them entertained.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Angela S
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57 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a small but fun zoo to give kids a look at some different types of animals. It is small enough to take a younger child and keep them entertained.

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Thank Angela S
Blue Ridge, Virginia
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17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went to Zoo recently with family. Recommend Zoo. About 25 variety of animals, birds, reptiles, and bird. Ticket prices reasonable. If have young children, recommend a ride on the Zoo Choo. Spectacular views of Roanoke City. Helpful and friendly staff. Clean zoo.

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Thank Dianne L
Roanoke, Virginia
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30 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Are you passing thru Roanoke and need something to do for an afternoon? This zoo is a great idea. Ok, let's get it out of the way first. No, it's not the San Diego Zoo, it's small, really small. But Roanoke is a small city so keep your expectations in-line. The setting on top of Mill Mountain is really cool... More 

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Thank riverhouse103
Havre de Grace, Maryland
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23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Okay zoo, pretty small. Overpriced for how small it is - I've been to GIANT zoos that are free. Animals seem to be happy, the enclosures look well maintained. The signs reporting feeding times were inaccurate, though - we stood with a crowd of people waiting for feedings to start and they never did.

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Thank Audrey B
Hillsboro, Oregon
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33 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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Thank JenniferLuvsTravel
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016

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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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2016

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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35 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2016

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 August 9, 2016

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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Thank Holly P
Dublin, Virginia
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105 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2016 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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