Visit the Creatures of the Promised Land Zoo

Yes, it’s officially winter, but that doesn’t mean all of the animals have gone into hibernation. In fact, at Branson’s Promised Land Zoo, there are quite a few furry creatures still wanting to see you!

During the months of January and February, the Promised Land Zoo may have limited hours, leaving visitors with a choice of either Saturday or Sunday to come by and hang out with these fascinating creatures but it’s still just as much fun!

Pick a warmer winter day to head out to the zoo and experience some of the world’s most amazing creatures while teaching your kids all about the wildlife of the world.

Friendly, helpful staff will always be available to answer questions, guide you through a bottle feeding or just to make sure you don’t miss out on anything fun while you’re there.

A trip to the Promised Land Zoo is a great time for both the kids and adults in your group, so plan to stop by one of these upcoming weekends and let us know how your trip was.

The Promised Land Zoo is at 2751 Shepherd of the Hills Expwy., just down the street from the Pierce Arrow Theater.

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Branson’s Promised Land Zoo Earns Accreditation

According to an article published by the Branson Tri-Lakes News, the Branson Promised Land Zoo earned accreditation from the Feline Conservation Federation (FCF), a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation, protection and propagation of wild felines.

The popular Branson zoo received the accreditation after going through an application process and an on-site visit. The FCF awards its seal of approval to facilities that “exceed the standards and are qualified to provide a safe and productive home for their cats,” according to the FCF official website.

The Promised Land Zoo is at 2751 Shepherd of the Hills Expressway in Branson and offers guests live animal shows, exclusive animal encounters, up close bottle-feedings and much more.

To learn more about the Promised Land Zoo or to get your tickets, visit

Get to Know the Creatures of the Promised Land Zoo

This week I went to the Promised Land Zoo and made a lot of new furry friends. I’m pretty sure they only liked me because I had a cup full of feed but still — they liked me.

The Promised Land Zoo is just down the street from the Pierce Arrow Theater on Shepherd of the Hills Expressway and you’d never guess that this 9-acre animal paradise sits hidden right off the road.

The Branson Promised Land Zoo is home to a host of interesting animals including two-toed sloths, antelope, kangaroos, deer, camels, alligators, a begal tiger and so many more. Included in the admission ticket is a self-guided foot safari, access to Parakeet Paradise and a complimentary parakeet stick, baby animal bottle feedings and a live animal show.

The foot safari gives you the opportunity to walk through the exhibits at your own pace. You can purchase a cup of feed at the gate when you get your admission ticket and feed most of the animals at the zoo. As you make your way through the zoo hand feeding animals, you start to see the personalities of each one as you approach their habitat with a cup of feed. Some of the llamas and goats rush to the side of the fence and fearlessly stick their little noses through the gaps, expecting to get a little snack while others hang back and watch until you bring the little nugget to them in offering.

After making friends with some of the llamas, I headed to Parakeet Paradise, which is a whole experience in itself. I opened the door of the small building and entered into a room completely filled with the chirps and squawks of dozens of colorful parakeets. The tip of my parakeet stick was coated in a thin layer of peanut butter with bird seed stuck to it. I held it up to a group of parakeets sitting on a limb and not one, but two of them hopped right on the stick and quickly went to work, picking at each little seed. I was surprised that they weren’t more cautious but it was pretty awesome to be so close to all those birds.

The bottle feeding had to be my favorite part of the day. Mostly because I think baby animals are the cutest things ever, but also because how many people can say they’ve bottle fed a baby camel?

One of the zookeepers carried a bucket of bottles filled to the brim with fresh milk and led a small group of us around to each enclosure. It was an amazing experience to see how excited they got once they spotted the bottle of milk. One of the baby antelopes quickly slurped down the whole bottle and then proceeded to skirt, hop and flip around the enclosure with excitement. CUTE OVERLOAD. I would definitely recommend catching one of the daily bottle feeds at 10 a.m. or 4 p.m.

The live animal show was a lot of fun too. Two of the zookeepers brought out six rare animals and let everyone pet them while sharing very interesting information about each one. For instance, I learned that a mother kangaroo can actually put a pregnancy on pause for an entire year. I think all the mothers in the audience were jealous.

Branson’s Promised Land Zoo is truly a one-of-a-kind experience. Zookeeper, Jungle Josh said it allows both children and adults to get up close and personal while interacting with each animal and fosters a distinctive experience that you don’t get at just any zoo. The fresh approach gives visitors a new appreciation for each animal and the unique traits they bring to this world.

So whether you choose to pet a two-toed sloth, spend hours hand-feeding llamas or bottle feed a baby camel, a trip to the Promised Land Zoo is much more than ordinary and you’ll leave feeling as though you gained a whole group of new furry friends. I know I did.

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5 Branson Attractions That are Perfect for Students

The 2014-2015 school year has officially started for most students and that’s even more of a reason to come to Branson! Many of the biggest attractions are filled with educational value for all ages so next time you take a classroom, youth group or your children to Branson, visit some of these attractions and soak up all the interesting and informative information (and fun!) to be found.

1. National Tiger Sanctuarynational tiger

Learn all about these big cats’ diets, natural habitats and temperaments. Choose from the Awareness Tour, Feeding Tour, Behind-The-Scenes Tour or the You Feed Tour and experience these incredible lions and tigers up close and personal. Make sure you bring your camera for some amazing photos at the National Tiger Sanctuary! For tickets or more information visit

2. Ripley’s Believe It or Not! MuseumRipley’s Believe it Or Not!

Who knows, all the random information here might come in handy one day. The Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum has the most eclectic collection of artifacts from around the world and you really won’t believe your eyes.  Browse the incredible exhibits and see real shrunken heads, a two-headed calf, vampire killing kits and so much more. For tickets or more information visit

3. Promised Land ZooPromised Land Zoo

Experience some of the world’s most rare and endangered animals at the Promised Land Zoo. Animal handlers will teach you all about the exotic birds, sloths, large cats, zebras, kangaroos, reptiles and more interesting creatures. A day spent bottle feeding baby animals, watching live animal shows and exploring the zoo with an on-foot safari is a day well spent! For tickets or more information visit

4. Shepherd of the Hills HomesteadShepherd of the Hills Homestead Tour

Brush up on some local history at the Shepherd of the Hills Homestead where you can tour the property and see many of the historic sites mentioned in Harold Bell Wright’s famous novel Shepherd of the Hills, watch Ozarks residents act out the novel at the outdoor theatre, or dine on delicious down home country fare at the Round-Up On the Trail Dinner Show while you’re entertained by talented musicians onstage. For tickets or more information visit

5. Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery

Producing more than a million trout every year, the Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery is a fantastic well-rounded learning experience. With self-guided tours detailing the trout production process, lakeside activities, hiking trails available and opportunities to hand feed the hungry fish, a visit to the hatchery could easily fill several hours.

With so many attractions that are student friendly, Branson is the perfect location for an educational and fun day trip.