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Address: 2404 Prospect Rd, JP Fishburn Parkway, Roanoke, VA 24014
Phone Number: 5403433241
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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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Nice Zoo!

Imagine, if you will, an intimate zoo setting, at the top of a mountain. That's exactly what you have here. Perched near the summit of Mill Mountain, this zoo offers a stunning... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Mark S
Grove City, Ohio
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Roanoke, Virginia
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22 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Very few animals, they are kept in small enclosures. Don't waste your money, go to a bigger zoo with more to offer.

Thank kerryplank
Grove City, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Imagine, if you will, an intimate zoo setting, at the top of a mountain. That's exactly what you have here. Perched near the summit of Mill Mountain, this zoo offers a stunning atmosphere. There are several observation decks that look over the city of Roanoke. The zoo itself is small, but still took me a few hours to get through.... More 

Thank Mark S
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Nice, oldish small zoo. A pleasant way to spend an hour. Many of the animals are nocturnal so a visit on a sunny day, as we did, presented sleeping or hiding animals. Also a lot of the enclosures require you to observe the animals behind glass windows. We found in this sunny day the glare off the windows made observation... More 

Thank Bcobert
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited Mill Mountain Zoo when we needed to fill up an hour before checking into a hotel. What a pleasant surprise it was! We stayed for over 2 hours and enjoyed every minute. It is well maintained and has thorough descriptions and explanations for each animal. The well-tended grounds add to the experience.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a small and compact zoo but is inexpensive to visit. We spent an enjoyable and relaxing hour here after visiting the Roanoke Star.

Thank LindiSue
Winston Salem, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped here enroute to go up to the see the big Star. It was worth the hour or so. They have some pretty unique animals and it's easy enough to walk around. Great picture places as well. Photo ops galore

Thank ChristineR1995rn
Roanoke, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Locally funded, quaint zoo perfect for adults and kids alike. If you're planning on visiting Mill Mountain star, set aside some time for the zoo. Not a massive zoo, but perfect if you have small children who get irritable after walking for so long. Also, make sure to take a trip on the zoo train.

Thank Chelsea H
Roanoke, Virginia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I would just like to say save your money. There are hardly any animals there and the ones you may get to see look sick and and cramped up in tiny living quaters. They really need to shut it down or get new managerment.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

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.

Thank Angela S
Blue Ridge, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

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.

Thank Dianne L

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