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We Bought A Zoo: The Amazing True Story of a Broken-down Zoo, and the 200 Animals That Changed a Family Forever (Paperback)
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We Bought A Zoo: The Amazing True Story of a Broken-down Zoo, and the 200 Animals That Changed a Family Forever (Paperback)

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Chuck it all in and buy a zoo? Why not? thought Benjamin Mee, unaware of the grim living conditions, creditors and escaped big cat that lay in wait...A few years ago, Ben and his wife, Katherine, sold their small flat in Primrose Hill and moved to France to pursue their dream of restoring an old barn near Nimes. That dream then became much, much bigger for, last October, they moved with their two young children, Ben's 76 year-old mother and his brother, into a run-down zoo on the edge of Dartmoor which they had bought, and found themselves responsible for 200 animals including four huge tigers, lions, pumas, three massive bears, a tapir and a wolf pack. Ben's new extended family now included: Solomon, an African lion and scourge of the local golf course; Zak, the rickety Alpha wolf, a broadly benevolent dictator clinging to power; Ronnie, a Brazilian tapir, easily capable of killing a man, but hopelessly soppy; and Sovereign, a jaguar who is also a would-be ninja, and has devised a long term escape plan and implemented it. But tragedy was to strike for, in the midst of dealing with escaping wolves and jaguars, and troublesome adolescent vervet monkeys, Katherine, who had developed, and had removed, a brain tumour while in France, began to experience symptoms again. The prognosis was poor, and so Ben found himself juggling the complexities of managing the zoo and getting it ready for re-opening, and at the same time having to care for his rapidly deteriorating wife, their two young children, and their ever growing menagerie of animals. Ben's story will both move and entertain - charting, simultaneously, the family's attempts to improve the animals' lives, the build-up to the Zoo's official reopening, as well as Katherine's decline, her final days, and how the family went on.

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780007274888
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 316 g
Dimensions: 196 x 127 x 21 mm

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“A real adventure”

I must say I am not an animal person, but I absolutely fell in love with Ben's zoo. I have never been in a zoo but, I am so going to one next weekend.
With this amazinly brave story I have learnt a lot about... More

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“How to start your own zoo”

Benjamin Mee tells his fascinating story of buying a zoo and bringing it back into public use.
A great read that had emotions stirring in me not only for the animals, but the author himself too.

The tales of the... More

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“Makes you want to run a zoo”

which isn't something I thought I'd find myself writing. Benjamin Mee gives a great account of dragging a deteriorating zoo back into health, against a lot of very bad odds and a background of personal... More

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