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Explore Mill Mountain Zoo in Roanoke

Founded in 1952, the Mill Mountain Zoo in Roanoke promotes wildlife conservation. It is home to dozens of animals and is the only major nonprofit wildlife attraction found along the 469-mile Blue Ridge Parkway. Here are some of the animals you can discover near our Roanoke apartments

Snow Leopards 

Snow leopards are known for their spotted fur and elusive behavior. They are found in the rugged mountains of Central Asia, and their habitat range is about the size of Greenland. These leopards are most active at dawn and dusk, and they prefer the cover of the ravines and rocky outcrops. Experts believe that only between 3,920 and 6,390 snow leopards remain in the wild. Loss of habitat, poaching, and lack of protection are their biggest threats. 

Red Pandas 

Slightly larger than domestic cats, red pandas are acrobatic animals. They live in temperate forests, where they spend much of their time in trees. Red pandas use their tail for balance and their claws for gripping. About 90 percent of their diet is bamboo, and they also eat eggs and small rodents.

Indian Crested Porcupines 

With quills that can reach up to 16 inches in length, Indian crested porcupines have a spot as one of the world’s largest porcupines. They prefer to burrow instead of climbing trees. These porcupines typically live on rocky hillsides but can adapt to almost any terrain. Indian crested porcupines weigh up to 32 pounds, and in the wild, they eat any plant matter they can find.

After visiting the Mill Mountain Zoo in Roanoke, stop by a nearby restaurant for some mouthwatering barbecue. You can enjoy ribs, brisket, pulled chicken, and more. If you are searching for a place to call home, please contact us. We will offer a tour of The Orchards, where you can see everything our apartments in Roanoke have to offer.

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