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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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  • I actually came here to see the train. It is a miniature train that runs around the zoo. It was a fun ride although the seats are not made for adults. As for the zoo itself, it is not much compared to...  more »
  • 9.00 admission. Great time, Magpies, Red Panda, Snow Leopard, Red Wolves, Chinese Water Dragons, cool turtles, Python, Green Boa, Cougar, Fox, Fishing Cat, Pallas Cat, Lynx... Aviary, was great, you c...  more »
  • This is a nice zoo, its small but still fun to walk around and see the animals. You park in a small lot and will need to walk a bit to the zoo, either through the gardens of along the paved path.  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.
  • 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!
  • We got to see an up close look at animals and birds we don't normally see. A very friendly and clean place. Great for kids.
  • Nice Variety of Animals but a large quantity of the exhibits were closed. :(