Mill Mountain Zoo Starts GoFundMe Campaign

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Mill Mountain Zoo is home to a spectacular array of animals from all over the world and has been part of our community since 1952. We will be celebrating our 65th anniversary this year! Along with our diverse collection of animals it offers one of the most breathtaking views of the Roanoke Valley. Mill Mountain Zoo prides itself for delivering …

Annual Fund Letter

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Dear Friends of Mill Mountain Zoo: In 1952, a forward-thinking group of citizens and merchants gathered together to dedicate this treasured Zoo atop Mill Mountain. With the dawn of 2017, the Zoo will celebrate its 65th anniversary in the Roanoke Valley! We ask you to be part of this ongoing tradition. The Zoo is home to 175 animals; all of …

Winter Hours at the Zoo!

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Just a quick note to remind you that we are now only open Friday, Saturday and Sunday through the winter. Our hours remain the same — 10am-5pm with our gates closing at 4pm. No Zoo Choo rides during the winter months. See you at the Zoo!

Zoo Boo THIS Saturday!

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Zoo Boo October 29 from 11am-4pm Are you looking for a great, safe place to bring your family for some howling Halloween fun? Spend your Halloween holiday at Mill Mountain Zoo’s annual Zoo Boo! From trick-or-treating, to costume contests, to juggling performances and “spooktacular” art activities, Zoo Boo is a fun-filled day for the whole family! Plus, you get to …

Brew at the Zoo!

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Saturday, October 22nd  5pm- 8pm @ Mill Mountain Zoo Don’t miss Mill Mountain Zoo’s first annual Brew at the Zoo!  This relaxing event will give our guests an opportunity to see our animals and the view from the mountain while enjoying cold beer from the popular local brewery, Soaring Ridge.  Musical entertainment will be provided by the local bluegrass band …


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Over the last few days, there have been many media stories about the Zoo. As Executive Director, I wanted to take a moment to share with our website visitors the rest of the story. Please feel free to reach out to me with any comments or questions you may have about what is happening at the Zoo. As always, thank …

Last Day to Register for Breakfast with the Animals!

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Wednesday is the last day to register for Breakfast with Animals: Munch with the Mammals!  This is the second to last Breakfast of the 2016 season, so you won’t want to miss it!  You can find more information and the registration form right on our website.  

A Day at the Zoo Inspired by Roald Dahl THIS Saturday!

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Bring the whole family up for a wonderful day inspired by Roald Dahl, one of the world’s most beloved storytellers! We will have the Roanoke Children’s Theatre performing parts of BFG, storytellers, face painting, the Virginia Tech Entomology Department and the Science Museum bringing creepy crawlies, as well as keeper chats throughout the day.  Roanoke Public Libraries will also be …

Zoo Closed for Starcropolis Sunday, September 4th

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The City of Roanoke and Hollins University are hosting Starcropolis ( a night of live theater at Mill Mountain Park on Sunday, Sept. 4th. AT THE CITY’S REQUEST, THE ZOO WILL BE CLOSED TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC STARTING AT 3:00PM SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3RD AND ALL DAY SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 4TH.  During that time, the Zoo will only be open to Starcropolis patrons who have …