We Bought a Zoo: The Amazing True Story of a Broken-down Zoo, and the 200 Animals that Changed a Family Forever

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Windsor/Paragon, 2009 - Brain - 290 pages
In 2006 journalist Benjamin Mee, his wife Katherine and their two young children, moved into a run-down zoo on the edge of Dartmoor and found themselves responsible for 200 animals including tigers, lions, pumas, bears, a tapir and a wolf pack. But tragedy was to strike, for Katherine, again began to experience symptoms of a brain tumour. Ben found himself getting the zoo ready for re-opening, and at the same time having to care for his rapidly deteriorating wife, their children, and their ever-growing menagerie of animals. Benjamin's story is a remarkable tale about the power of family and the triumph of hope over tragedy.

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Most retirement plans do not include buying a broken down zoo. Mee’s story will give you a new appreciation for well-run family zoos. This is an excellent portrayal of relationships between ... Read full review

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This autobiographical book tells the story of Benjamin Mee, his family and their desire to purchase a run down zoo. Mr. Mee writes a do-it-yourself column, his siblings have a range of occupations ... Read full review

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