Benjamin Mee is the man behind the story ‘We bought a Zoo’.
The U.S. blockbuster movie, directed by Cameron Crowe and starring Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson was released in the UK during March 2012.
Benjamin’s emotive story is one of courage, resilience and enterprise.
When he and his family learned that Dartmoor Zoo would be closed down if a buyer couldn’t be found, he fought against all the odds and bought it.
He then found himself with an uphill battle, juggling the complexities of managing a zoo and getting it ready for opening while facing the consequences of his wife’s terminal illness and caring for two young children.
“All you need is 20 seconds of insane courage and I promise something great will come of it”
Benjamin Mee is a journalist, who was best known for writing a humorous DIY column for the Guardian.
With his wife Katherine and two children he moved to France to live the simple life whilst writing a book on the Evolution of Humour in Man and Animals for Penguin.
With no experience of running a zoo Ben and his extended family decided to purchase the dilapidated Dartmoor Zoological Park in 2006 with just 10 days’ running costs in the bank to see them through.
Tragically, Ben’s wife Katherine passed away the following Easter making the possibility of opening the zoo seem even less likely.
Amazingly the zoo did open for the summer of 2007 and the BBC made a four part documentary of their adventure into the unknown, called ‘Ben’s Zoo’.
His book ‘We Bought A Zoo’ is an international bestseller, which has been printed in 23 countries.
Benjamin Mee – Keynote Speaker:
As a motivational speaker, Benjamin’s speaking style is relaxed and informal.
Let Benjamin introduce you to the world of novice zoo keeping; to Sovereign the scheming, escaping Jaguar; to agitated porcupines and over 200 other animals including 5 tigers, 3 lions, 3 bears and 7 wolves.
Hear what it’s like to have a movie made about you; being told that Matt Damon is going to play you; about visiting the set, appearing in a cameo role, and walking the red carpet.
Aside from being highly entertaining and amusing, Benjamin Mee’s inspirational story is one of triumph over tragedy and the passion and perseverance it takes to succeed.
He reminds us of the importance of striving to meet our goals – even in the face of adversity.
Eloquent, entertaining and human, Benjamin tailors his talks to the requirements of each individual client. With an array of inspiring and uplifting themes, Benjamin strives to apply his enthusiasm, commitment and passion to every audience he addresses.
Speaking topics include:
- Motivation and inspiration
- Overcoming Obstacles
- Achieving Goals
Benjamin Mee is available for entertaining after-dinner speeches and inspirational keynote presentations.