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Mill Mountain Zoo

#14 of 68 things to do in Roanoke Features Animals
2404 Prospect Rd, JP Fishburn Parkway, Roanoke, VA 24014
+1 540-343-3241
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AZA Accreditation revoked, horrible conditions

We visited Mill Mountain Zoo this past weekend and we were shocked at the horrible conditions the... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
John A
North Carolina
A Little Place... But Nice To See

I actually came here to see the train. It is a miniature train that runs around the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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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.
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2404 Prospect Rd, JP Fishburn Parkway, Roanoke, VA 24014
+1 540-343-3241
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We visited Mill Mountain Zoo this past weekend and we were shocked at the horrible conditions the animals are kept in. We have visited numerous zoos across the nation and this one is without a doubt, the worst in our opinion. Upon arrival, at the...More

3  Thank John A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 the big city...More

Thank JohnBCowgill
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

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 can walk in and hang out with the birds. There's a train ride, didn't take...More

Thank Travelmeister1031
Reviewed 17 May 2017

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.

Thank firebear1961
Reviewed 13 May 2017

We stop in every so often to this little small zoo at the top of a mountain in the heat. but there are some unique animals here.

Thank Travelinglizarded
Reviewed 2 May 2017

not a big city zoo, but plenty to see and well laid out. There are kid-friendly shows and exhibits. Strollers are difficult to maneuver through sidewalks with hills and steps etc, so consider that when packing to go. A good value for a Saturday afternoon.

Thank piperlady2016
Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

This zoo is so small and definitely not worth the trip or money if that is the only thing you're going for. It is near the star and a small park so with really little ones you could make a small day trip.

Thank Mikaela M
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

it's tiny with a very limited number of animals. i'll never waste my time or money again here. we drove 90 miles to this place for hardly anything. and yes the restroom was masty too!

1  Thank 24gregoryd
Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

I had the pleasure of going to the zoo this morning for an hour or two. It is a treasure on top of Mill Mountain and a great place to visit. My favorite animals there are the Red Foxes and the Red Panda--so beautiful! If...More

2  Thank Abbie E
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

Not the biggest zoo ever, but great for this area. Go to the Star, look over Roanoke, and then go to the zoo. Nicely laid out with plenty of shade for got days. The Zoo Choo is really cool.

Thank TeamNextGenChris
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Are dogs allowed?
8 September 2015|
Response from mmzoo | Property representative |
Hi, thank you for asking. The USDA prohibits dogs and other pets in zoo's. The only exception to this rule of course are service dogs (not therapy dogs). It helps if you call in advance if you will need to bring a... More