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“Average for what we got to see”
3 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.
Clarksburg, West Virginia, United States
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4 reviews
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“Average for what we got to see”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2013

didn't get to see too much because it started pouring the rain down. little disappointing. the gift shop was small but had nice things.

Visited August 2013
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Roanoke, Virginia
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58 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Poor”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2013 via mobile

Trip advisor refused my first review so I'm writing again. Visited the zoo with grandchildren. There are very few animals viewable at any one time. The animals living conditions are poor. For the same amount of money in North Carolina Aquarium they have spectacular numbers of different fish living in a humane environment.

Visited June 2013
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6 Thank James D
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Virginia
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30 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Easy Zoo Trip”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

This small zoo does a great job. It is an easy visit for children who might easily get bored or too tired for a long visit. Great entertainment for grand kids!

Visited June 2013
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20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Great Zoo for small child”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

Great small zoo with up close views. Not scary for a small child and not too much to take
In on one visit. Great view from top of Mill Moumtain and the train ride around the zoo
Is very nice.

Visited August 2012
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Roanoke, VA
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60 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Great! ...if you're under the age of 5”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

I hate to say it, but this zoo is incredibly tiny -- it's no wonder they are so cash-strapped. There's just nothing to it. In my opinion, a zoo should attract visitors of all ages but this one would only get the age 5 and under crowd excited, at best. We walked around and thought were were missing a road or something as we were done in like 30-45 minutes. Small little loop and it's over. Leaves MUCH to be desired. I wish it was better, but it just isn't. For a truely great zoo visit head up I-81 to the Natural Bridge Zoo instead -- the whole family would be glad you did.

Visited August 2012
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