Roanoke, and the surrounding region, is home to numerous zoological attractions. From petting zoos to safari parks, families can enjoy educational experiences at our local zoos.
Mill Mountain Zoo is home to more than 175 animals including mammals, birds, reptiles, and invertebrates – including 21 vulnerable species. The zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and offers year round educational and recreational opportunities.
One of the unique features of the zoo is the Zoo Choo, a miniature model G-16 train that operates daily, taking visitors through the exhibits.
One of the highlights of a zoo trip is a leisurely stroll through the petting zoo area where visitors can feed giraffes, camel, deer, llama, and goats, among many other inquisitive and playful animals.
Natural Bridge Zoo opened its doors to the general public in 1972 and has been growing ever since. The main purpose for Natural Bridge Zoo has always been the propagation and rearing of threatened or endangered species.
The zoo offers students and the general public the opportunity to learn about animals, birds, and reptiles. More than 100 animals are born each year at Natural Bridge Zoo.
Pineview Farm Alpacas is a 25-acre working farm in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, just a few miles from Smith Mountain Lake. Visitors are welcome by appointment.
Smith Mountain Lake Farm Alpacas is an educational breeding facility with a mission to produce exceptional Alpaca fiber and teach the public about the importance of alpaca textiles.
The farm offers tours. Call ahead because they can fill up quickly.
Features exotic wild animals roaming throughout an open park. Visitors can drive through the park and interact with a variety of animals in a natural environment.
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