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 | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 210mm x 18mm | 271g
  • Publication date: 8 December 2011
  • ISBN 10: 1602861579
  • ISBN 13: 9781602861572
  • Edition: Media tie-in
  • Edition statement: Media tie-in
  • Sales rank: 113,611

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When Benjamin Mee decided to uproot his family and move them to an unlikely new home-a dilapidated zoo where more than 200 exotic animals would be their new neighbors-his friends and colleagues thought he was crazy. Mee's dream was to refurbish the zoo and run it as a family business. The grand reopening was scheduled for spring, but there was much work to be done and none of it easy for the novice zookeepers. Tigers broke loose, money was tight, the staff grew skeptical, and family tensions reached a boiling point. Then tragedy struck. Katherine, Ben's wife, had a recurrence of a brain tumor, forcing Benjamin and his two young children to face the heartbreak of illness and the devastating loss of a wife and mother. But inspired by the memory of Katherine and the healing power of the incredible family of animals they had grown to love; Benjamin and his kids resolved to move forward, and today the zoo is a thriving success.

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Benjamin Mee, a former newspaper columnist, is known for his humorous Do It Yourself column in the UK's Guardian Weekend. In 2005 he published a collection of these articles in a volume entitled The Call of DIY: A Toolkit of Practical Wisdom. He holds a degree in psychology and spends his time studying animal behavior.