We Bought a Zoo: The Amazing True Story of a Young Family, a Broken Down Zoo, and the 200 Wild Animals That Changed Their Lives Forever

We Bought a Zoo: The Amazing True Story of a Young Family, a Broken Down Zoo, and the 200 Wild Animals That Changed Their Lives Forever

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By (author) Benjamin Mee

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  • Publisher: Weinstein Books
  • Format: Paperback | 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 145mm x 216mm x 23mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 1 September 2009
  • ISBN 10: 1602860955
  • ISBN 13: 9781602860957
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 62,674

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The remarkable true story of a family who move into a rundown zoo-already a BBC documentary miniseries and excerpted in "The Guardian."In the market for a house and an adventure, Benjamin Mee moved his family to an unlikely new home: a dilapidated zoo in the English countryside. Mee had a dream to refurbish the zoo and run it as a family business. His friends and colleagues thought he was crazy.But in 2006, Mee and his wife with their two children, his brother, and his 76-year-old mother moved into the Dartmoor Wildlife Park. Their 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 and would-be ninja, who has devised a long term escape plan and implemented it.Nothing was easy, given the family's lack of experience as zookeepers, and what follows is a magical exploration of the mysteries of the animal kingdom, the power of family, and the triumph of hope over tragedy. "We Bought a Zoo" is a profoundly moving portrait of an unforgettable family living in the most extraordinary circumstances.

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