ROANOKE – Mill Mountain Zoo received a $46,800 grant to renovate exhibits and expand their education programs from the Roanoke Women's Foundation this week.
The zoo has been open to the Roanoke region for 65 years and its new strategic plan and funding model is focused on new exhibits and attractions with species native to the Blue Ridge.
This capital investment is in support of the need to address an aging infrastructure and the need for sustainability in order to increase attendance at the facility.
Immediate priorities for the zoo include the renovation of the bald eagle and snow leopard exhibits as part of the expanded education program. The zoo hosts 160 animals and currently attracts 50,000 regional and out of state visitors every year, according to Bill Baker zoo co-director The zoo also serves an additional 15,000 school children each year on site and through outreach activities.