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Mill Mountain Zoo, Roanoke

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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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  • Great little zoo! Some really cool animals, who all look happy and healthy. I would recommend going earlier in the day when its feeding time, though. Everyone was super friendly and seemed passionate ...  more »
  • Very nice as local zoos go. Small but well done and well maintained. In a neat location on the side of the mountain. My granddaughter loved the train ride.  more »
  • Although I hate seeing any animal caged for exhibit, the Mill Mountain Zoo showcases animals that most certainly wouldn't survive out on their own in this area. The grounds were clean and the staff wa...  more »
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  • Tiny zoo. Animals are beautiful, very difficult to photograph, deer fencing or behind glass (with a terrible amount of glare). You need to press your face and cupped hands up to the otter cage. Awkward layout. but not super exciting otherwise. The train is cute but the ride goes literally nowhere near the animals. You're basically looking at the backs of sheds and bathrooms. Has potential, but not really worth the drive or admittance.
  • I love this zoo so much! 😊 My fiance and I have been to this zoo twice, both on summer trips to Roanoke. We love the location, the animals (especially the red pandas, pallas cat, and snow leopards, although the snow leopards could use better fans or air conditioning for their thick fur), and the atmosphere of the zoo in general. We will be going there again in a couple days for the 65th anniversary. 😍❤️😁👍
  • The Zoo is small and we were able to get through the entire thing in about an hour and 10 minutes. There were not that many people there for the day time in the summer. We also had a guided tour about the animals habitats and that was very interesting and informative.
  • Over the past ten years of my career as a teacher, I've had the privilege of having the zoo visit on of my school's for one reason or another. Bambi had been the instructor many of the times. Regardless of who comes, the person is calm, patient, and incredibly knowlegable. The children have ranged from toddlers to 12 year olds. I have also visited the zoo itself a handful of times. It is quaint, but we learn so much about the animals. I have found all of the personnel that I have encountered to be knowledgeable!
  • It's a nice zoo, even if on the small side. The animals are gorgeous, but at the time we went, most of them were sleeping.

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