Mill Mountain Zoo
Mill Mountain Zoo

The Mill Mountain Zoo is a private, non-profit animal park located in Mill Mountain Park in the beautiful Virginian city of Roanoke. Surrounded by the beautifully maintained landscapes of the 568-acre Mill Mountain Park, the Zoo is home to more than 85 animals and over 35 different species, including snow leopard and red panda, which are listed as endangered.

»History

History

The urban Mill Mountain Park in which the Zoo is situated is not only home to the Mill Mountain Zoo, but also home to Roanoke Star, the Discovery Center and two beautiful overlooks. The park also features the Mill Mountain Wildflower Garden, over 10 miles of nature trails, a playground, picnic area with barbecue grills and an outdoor classroom.

The Mill Mountain Zoo offers several fun-filled educational opportunities for visitors of all ages and abilities and also partakes in several national and international conservation projects, including the International Snow Leopard Trust, and the AZA Species Survival Plan® (SSP) Program. Photo: Mill Mountain Zoo

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»Exhibits and Attractions

Exhibits and Attractions

Exhibits at the Mill Mountain Zoo include a Red Wolf exhibit, a Eurasian Black Vulture exhibit, a Black-Tufted Marmoset exhibit, a Canadian Lynx exhibit, an interactive aviary and a reptile house. There is also an animal clinic, which is not accessible to the public, and a new holding/quarantine building for new animals and aviary birds during the winter. A Hoof Stock Yard is home to pygmy goats, pot-bellied pigs, and dwarf zebu.

Other animals that call the Zoo home include tufted deer, Patagonian cavy, cougar, red wolves, Eurasian lynx, Oriental small-clawed otters, Burmese mountain tortoises and Burmese pythons, and Japanese macaques. Other animals include golden pheasant/blue-billed magpie, Eastern screech owls, black hornbills, Indian crested porcupines, black-tufted marmosets, fishing cats, and various other birds and reptiles.

Notable attractions at the Zoo include Oops, a Japanese macaque monkey who is famous for escaping her cage in 2006 and Zoo Choo, a gas-powered Model G-16 little train engine, two passenger cars, and an observation car, which operated continuously at the Zoo from 1994 until 2007. Photo: Mill Mountain Zoo

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»Mill Mountain Park

Mill Mountain Park

The urban Mill Mountain Park in which the Zoo is situated is not only home to the Mill Mountain Zoo, but also home to Roanoke Star, the Discovery Center and two beautiful overlooks. The park also features the Mill Mountain Wildflower Garden, over 10 miles of nature trails, a playground, picnic area with barbecue grills and an outdoor classroom.

The Mill Mountain Discovery Center is an educational facility that has been offering exceptional environmental education through hands-on programs and interactive exhibits for more than 15 years. The Discovery Center offers an array of exciting opportunities for visitors of all ages and abilities to explore the beautiful natural surroundings through programs, workshops, classes, summer camps and special events throughout the year. Adventure activities include tracking wildlife, challenging nature trails races, tapping maple trees and more. Photo: Mill Mountain Zoo

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»Conversation Projects

Conversation Projects

The Mill Mountain Zoo partakes in several national and international conservation projects. The Red Wolf Species Survival Plan allows the Zoo to participate in red wolf genetic and hormonal studies, while FrogWatch USA is a community science program that gives offers the public an opportunity to learn more about the local wetlands in their area and report data on the calls of resident frogs and toads.

Local conservation programs at the Zoo include Resource Conservation, a new recycling program; Coins for Conservation where wishing pond coins are collected for charity, and Growing not Mowing – a natural growing program without the use of insecticide.

Global conservation programs include the International Snow Leopard Trust, to which Mill Mountain Zoo sends funds; the Center for Ecosystem Survival Rainforest Meter Project, and Chopsticks for Salamanders, an initiative for salamander conservation.

The Mill Mountain Zoo also has an AZA Species Survival Plan® (SSP) Program, which cooperatively manages specific, threatened or endangered species populations, such as red pandas, snow leopards, Pallas cats, and Asian small-clawed otters. Other animals in the AZA Species Survival Plan® (SSP) Program include red wolfs, Eurasian black vultures, Prehensile-tailed skinks, tufted deer, and fishing cats, all of which reside at the Zoo. Photo: Mill Mountain Zoo

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»Visitor Information

Visitor Information

Mill Mountain Zoo is located at JP Fishburn Parkway in Mill Mountain Park, Roanoke and is open Fridays through Sundays from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (winter hours).

The Mill Mountain Zoo offers several fun-filled educational opportunities for visitors of all ages and abilities and also partakes in several national and international conservation projects, including the International Snow Leopard Trust, and the AZA Species Survival Plan® (SSP) Program.

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JP Fishburn Parkway, Mill Mountain Park, Roanoke, VA 24014, website, Phone: 540-343-3241 Photo: Mill Mountain Zoo

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