In 1992, Jeff and Diane Sanders moved their four boys and one girl down from Chicago in search of a quieter life. However, they were in for a surprise. In the early 90's the Sanders began raising rare and endangered animals for other zoos; since most zoos have difficulties breeding their own stock in confined areas. With the wide open spaces of the Sanders farm and a lot of hard work the Sanders began to produce more and more animals for other zoos, then the people started to come.
With people coming by the breeding facility and asking for tours from time to time, the Sanders opened up a section of the park for tours and everything took off from there! Over time, hundreds of visitors turned into many thousands annually and eventually the park expanded and opened under the name Promised Land ZOO in 1999. With our ever-growing population of animals, and increasing popularity, we began rescuing animals that were in need and now our Eagle Rock population has over 60 rescued exotic animals in addition to our 500+ zoo residents.
In 2012, the Sanders decided to open another location. After searching for the perfect spot for their new ideas, they settled on Branson, Missouri. Now, in the spring of 2013, the Sanders Family will be opening Branson's Promised Land ZOO, and the focus is on Baby Animals and up close interaction with these rare and endangered animals in a monitored and safe environment.
In addition to the many years of experience that the Promised Land ZOO owners and permenant staff have to offer, many of our employees are active members in the Feline Conservation Federation, the Zoological Association of America and continue their education on a daily basis. Much of our permenant staff are fully qualified with Bachelor's of Science Degrees in Biology & Wildlife Conservation Management, are certified Veterinary Technicians or Master Naturalists.
The Sanders Family have dedicated their lives to provide the very best in care for their animals while entertaining the masses. We hope that you will get a chance to witness all that God has provided us at our newest endeavor in Branson!