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Mill Mountain Zoo, Roanoke
(3/5 based on 200+ reviews on the web)
The Mill Mountain Zoo is a zoo located atop Mill Mountain in Roanoke, Virginia. Originally opening in 1952, the zoo was operated by the City of Roanoke for its first 24 years. In 1976, the city turned its operation over to the Roanoke Jaycees. The Jaycees operated the zoo until 1988 when its operation was handed over to the non-profit Blue Ridge Zoological Society (BRZS). The BRZS today still serves as the operator and fund-raising mechanism for the zoo and its operations.The zoo has been accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) since 1995.HistoryWith its location atop Mill Mountain not being conducive to a major expansion, a proposal developed in 1984 to relocate the zoo to a 400acre tract adjacent to the Blue Ridge Parkway as the Blue Ridge Zoo. This proposal was later abandoned in favor of the development of Virginia's Explore Park at the location originally proposed for the zoo. After the failed relocation proposal, the Blue Ridge Zoological Society voted in 1988 to have the zoo permanently located atop Mill Mountain. As part of this decision, a 10-year master plan called Zoo 2001, was completed in 1991, with some of its suggestions successfully implemented over the course of the next decade.Additions since 2008: New Holding/Quarantine Building (houses new animals and the aviary birds during the winter-not accessible to the publicNew Animal Clinic-not accessible to the publicRed Wolf ExhibitEurasian Black Vulture ExhibitBlack Tufted Marmoset Exhibit (Burmese pythons were moved into the Reptile House)Canadian Lynx Exhibit (where red tailed hawks were)Interactive AviaryReptile House
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  • Mill Mountain Zoo is a beloved destination in the Roanoke Valley. It's not fancy or big, and it's not going to wow you. However, it you're looking for a pleasant walking experience, a clean environmen...  more »
  • This zoo is decent. I was here in the middle of the summer and there must be Oak trees surrounding the zoo because I had a severe allergy attack. The visitor center is great and I loved seeing the bee...  more »
  • We enjoyed our trip to Mill Mtn Zoo. We were there when the larger animals were all awake and it was so great seeing the snow leopard and other larger animals alert, active and up-close. It is a small...  more »
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  • Really great zoo! The staff were helpful and answered all our questions. We saw all the animals, and there were signs telling you where to find them if they have the habit of hiding. They even have windows into the private areas for the animals just in case they are in the back. I think some people reviewing just weren't patient enough to wait for all the animals to come out. The best aviary I've ever seen as well.
  • This is a wonderful activity for families in the Roanoke area! Our daughter and her friends have a fantastic time here when we visit. There is a snow leopard!!! The animals seem well cared for and the staff is very friendly.
  • You actually passed the zoo heading to the top of the mountain of the Roanoke star. I did decide one day to go ahead and take my daughter to the zoo. I felt it was a waste of time and money. And they have like one of every animal which they only have like 10 animals. They all of the very sad and depressed and they should just be let go or be brought to a better place where they can be happier and not locked up in cages. Do not get me wrong I enjoy zoos, I go to Animal Kingdom and other places and enjoy looking at the animals, however this place they all just seemed absolutely miserable.
  • Not a terrible zoo but not great either. We have been here several times. There used to be a honeybee exhibit here in the first building before the walking path to the zoo. I think they got rid of it because its not there anymore. Theres also a rude blonde woman named Grace who works in there. She actually told me “Don't ask me, just go away ” when I was asking about the animals in the zoo. I told her to her face she was not friendly and she replied “ I am soooo sorry” very sarcastically. When you actually get to the zoo from the walking path the staff get nicer but the exhibits are very small. They need new ones.
  • Great deal for the price. Several animals were off exhibit, but the ones that were there seemed to enjoy their habitats. The zoo was well maintained and had a beautiful overlook.