Behind the unassuming signs on the Shephard of the Hills expressway in the middle of Branson, we discovered what became one of our favorite vacation experiences ever. Branson's Promised Land Zoo was more exciting than any other zoo we have visited, and we have visited many.
Buckaroo Brice showed us the special inhabitants of their zoo and we explored and observed until it was time to feed the babies.
825 pictures y'all! That is why it has taken me so long to share with you; there is just so much to share. We all loved watching Olivia the baby baboon who put on quite a show for us. Tookey and Calamity Jane are the larger ones.
We watched the tiger Bruce Lee and lioness Dahlia, European Fallow deer, Nubian hibex, baby goats, and the two baby zebras Zandy ~3 months (snorted on Joseph) and Zoe about 2 1/2 months old (I fed.) One of Emily's favorites was the 10 month old camel named Carl.
The hyena seemed to play with my son. As Joseph ran outside the pen, it ran with him then even jumped.
We had previously read about Caracals in Debra Haagen's book. Em said they acted like her cats, lifting their neck as if they wanted to be pet. Double fences kept us a safe distance from the carnivores.
Parakeet Paradise was amazing! That alone would have made the day fabulous. My husband bought extra "parakeet sticks" to feed them, and we went back there again.
Have you ever pet a kangaroo?
The Black Tailed Prairie Dog has a yip hop (males) "yip" then flip in the air.
Orange Julius (pictured) is an albino Burmese Python (about 65 pounds) and his mom Banana (in a room inside) is 17 feet and about 160pounds, the largest albino in the US.
At the Promised Land Zoo, they eat once a month; in the wild they could survive 5 months without eating. Joseph was brave and touched the snake with Grandpa.
Disclaimer: Our family of five received 5 free tickets to Branson's Promised Land Zoo for the purpose of this blog post. No other compensation was provided. In fact, we liked it so much that we told my in-laws about it and they purchased tickets and joined us there that same evening. Our tickets lasted all day, and we only left for lunch.