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Branson's Promised Land ZOO

2751 Shepherd of the Hills Expressway


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!


Mike Ramsey

Friday, Aug. 10, 2018
This is a good zoo that is working towards additions that will make it great. In the meantime I felt like the park is definitely in a state of construction. A couple things to keep in mind: The drive through is NOT safari style. You aren’t in the animal enclosures. To do that you need to upgrade to the VIP tram which is probably worth it if you want up close safari style. The shows are hands on an awesome. Catch one for sure if it works with your schedule. I’m excited to see this place in a few more years when construction is done and some animals have better habitats.

Trina Reynolds

Monday, July 30, 2018
Absolutely wonderful!! The new land addition and animal exhibitions are worth the price. The tram tour and self guided vehicle tour are worth it if you have animal lovers and kids. Would definitely recommend. Zoo keeper and tram driver, Marty was very knowledgeable. He made the trip fun and even turned it in to a teaching session. We have been several times but this year was the BEST!!!

Michelle Johnson

Monday, July 16, 2018
We loved our trip to the zoo. Being able to pet all the animals at the front was really neat. The tram driver had a bunch of corny jokes that we loved. We loved feeding the animals and the facts they told us about them. Highly recommend the personalized sloth encounter if you have the time and money. This was an amazing experience that my family will always remember.

Shawn Worley

Wednesday, July 25, 2018
A great Zoo to take the kids to while in Branson. They do regular educational shows where they talk about and let you pet the animals they bring out. There is a lot of animal interaction that is allowed here, which the kids really liked. Feeding the parakeets was especially fun! Lots of animals to see, and there is both an area to walk and drive through to see the animals. The walking can be a bit rough since the Zoo is on some pretty steep hills, but it was manageable. This place is a fun experience we would come back to again.


Monday, May 21, 2018
It is exciting to know that the zoo is expanding. The staff is really nice and very helpful. The encounters are exciting and we'll put together. I think once the expansion is completely done, it'll all be perfect. The only thing I would recommend to be added was an indoor theater so guests wouldn't have to sit in the scorching sun, but I heard you were already thinking about it, so I'm satisfied. This was my third visit, each year I have been a VIP+ and it never gets old. It's always exciting for me to interact with animals you don't see everyday and see some of the same animals you've seen before because you get a feeling that you know them and have the slightest connection. All in all, best zoo ever.

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