Mierlo is a place in the municipality of Geldrop-Mierlo. Until January 1, 2004, Mierlo was an independent municipality. Eventually Mierlo merged in 2004 with Geldrop to Geldrop-Mierlo. The core Mierlo is the smallest core of the fusion community with about 10,000 inhabitants.
Mierlo is located between Geldrop and Helmond, on the outskirts of Eindhoven and Helmond's urban area. Nearby church villages are Nuenen, Mierlo-Hout, Lierop and Heeze.
The oldest residents of the area we know about are the reindeer hunters. In 1961, on the heath between Mierlo and Geldrop, a piece of sandstone was found on which a semi-naked dancing woman figure was scratched about 9,000 years before, known as the 'Venus of Mierlo'. It is the oldest artistry ever found in the Netherlands.
In 1263, a church was first mentioned. This was in the midst of settlements, but in the immediate vicinity of the church there was no population concentration. The patronage rights, originally in the hands of Mr. van Mierlo, were transferred to the Tongerlo Abbey, which belonged to 1818, in 1315. In 1858 the new church was initiated.
In 2004, Mierlo received a zoo called Dierenrijk at the Gulbergen. This zoo started under the name Dierenrijk Europa with polar bears that can be encountered in Iceland against Gibraltar monkeys and beavers that were re-introduced in the Netherlands. When non-European animals, such as elephants and camels, were introduced, the name was changed to Animal Kingdom.