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“love this zoo!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Mill Mountain Zoo

Mill Mountain Zoo
Ranked #15 of 69 things to do in Roanoke
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Owner description: 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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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“love this zoo!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2012

This is a great zoo and very child friendly. It is small enough that little kids won't tire out before seeing most of it, but large enough with the variety of animals to keep the interest of older youth and adults.

1 Thank BonVA
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Brevard County, FL
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178 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“Tiny but fun!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2012

The zoo is small but offers insights into some animals which are not on exhibit elsewhere. In my travels I visit many zoos which are usually reciprocal to my membership in my local zoo. I enjoy seeing and learning about different animals. For example, I had never seen a wolverine before and found that the one at this zoo had been donated by Jack Hanna of the famous Columbus Zoo. They also had Red Pandas and Pallas Cats. There was a train ride which encircled the zoo and a play area for young children as well as a small snack area. Enjoyed this visit!!

Visited October 2012
2 Thank tripsahoy16
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Roanoke, Virginia
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436 reviews
142 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
“Snow leopard & red panda!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2012 via mobile

I was thinking this wouldnt be much but was surprised. The zoo was well maintained and had a few animals id never seen before like the red panda and snow leopard. Would recommend.

1 Thank klay36
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Floyd, Virginia
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15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Small, but still fun”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2012

This zoo is on the small side when compared to others like NC Zoo. I went here as a child and then again on a "field trip" in college. Beautiful area..

Thank Chaffin112809
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Blacksburg, VA
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Small, but great for little kids”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2012

This zoo is great for about K-3rd grade. The zoo is small, easily walkable and since little ones have small attention spans, no one gets bored.

That being said, it's EXPENSIVE for what you get. I know they have to keep the zoo going, but a large percentage of the exhibits are closed/empty and when I'm paying that much money, I want to see everything the zoo has.

Visited June 2012
2 Thank rachelray
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