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“Must Visit if in the area” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Mill Mountain Zoo

Mill Mountain Zoo
Ranked #13 of 64 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.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
2 reviews
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“Must Visit if in the area”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

This zoo is a small zoo (like a family one) but our experience was excellent. We went on a Thursday night to their "Night Howl" event and it was an amazing experience. We got to hear the wolfs call and see the zoo at night with their nocturnal animals. it was a very nice experience and the staff was so nice and welcoming it made our trip unforgettable. I recommended :)

Visited December 2013
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Virginia
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53 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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“Great little zoo”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

First of all, let me just say that this is not at all on the same scale as a larger zoo, and won't be compared to one. It is a sweet little family zoo - a long time treasure in Roanoke. The Zoo Choo is not to be missed! There is a surprisingly large number of animals for such a small place. Some of the best photos from the last visit were of a tortoise being presented with a huge tray of fresh fruits and veggies for his lunch, and of my son petting a giant bunny that was just hopping around visiting with guests. Always a great place to visit!

Visited May 2013
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Roanoke, Virginia, United States
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Animal torture”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

I don't know if all zoos are as pitiful and saddening as ours, but be prepared to see big animals stuck in little cages running in circles because they are going crazy. I don't even have pets, but I found the zoo to be depressing.

Visited July 2013
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5 Thank April T
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Roanoke, Virginia
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4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Little zoo with great location”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

If you are looking for the San Diego zoo, then you will want to readjust your expectations. This is a little zoo with a small collection and a nice staff. What really struck us was that it sits on the top of a mountain so that the views of the animals blend in with the great views off the mountain

Visited September 2012
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Clarksburg, West Virginia, United States
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Average for what we got to see”
3 of 5 stars 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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1 Thank Wendy M
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