We Bought A Zoo

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

Book - 2008/09/09
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The author describes how he uprooted his family to the English countryside and purchased a dilapidated zoo, which he planned to refurbish and reopen as a family business, a scheme compliated by a lack of money and his wife's devastating illness.
Publisher: New York : Weinstein Books, 2008/09/09
ISBN: 9781602860483
Branch Call Number: 590.7342 MEE
Characteristics: 261 p


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Delightful, engrossing, and honest. This book was a great read. I wish there were a few more pictures of the other animals and staff, or a map of Dartmoor Zoo, but these are small complaints.

Mar 20, 2015

The movie was great!mand I can't wait to read the book!

WVMLStaffPicks Sep 17, 2014

A former newspaper columnist and his young family buy a rundown zoo in the English countryside. Within a year, despite monumental financial uncertainties and heartbreaking personal tragedy, and with remarkable ingenuity, imagination and courage, they manage to licence and open the revitalized zoo. For anyone who loves animals, this is a remarkable story of a family who lived their dreams.

Apr 06, 2013

Waited for ages to see this. Thoroughly enjoyed the story, all the more so for being based on a true story. Maggie is totally cute!

mkarolyi Sep 14, 2012

A compelling memoir (although it could have done with a bit more editing to improve the flow of the writing; given the author is a journalist, I was surprised by the lack of continuity in some sections). I read the book after watching the ('romanticized') Hollywood movie and found the book much more satisfying than the movie. I, too, would like to see the BBC series that was made during the actual purchase and renovation process. It's too bad Hollywood took out some of the best bits of the story and condensed the rest to make it more 'sell-able' to an American audience.

Sep 04, 2012

This is very interesting, though not always all that compellingly written. Haven't seen the movie yet but plan to, but have the feeling many liberties were taken.... Would really like to see the BBC TV series, Ben's Zoo, made during the renovation and reopening of the Dartmoor Zoological Park (DZP). It sounds as though it would be very interesting too.

Jul 01, 2012

Not just based on a true story, this is the story of how a family bought a rundown zoo in England and, with a lot of sweat, tears, fear, and even a few laughs, were able to open the zoo to overwhelming success. You can even go in the internet and see their web page. Fun to read and interesting to think about, it really shows you can do anything you set your mind to do if you are willing to work for it. Inspirational.

jdaigle3 Jun 25, 2012

Great read, story is a little more disjointed than I'd like so the flow was off a bit. FAR better than the movie, although both are equally heart wrenching at points.

May 29, 2012

A great story about people who care about animals, but the truth of the story doesn't come out; wild animals should not be kept in confinement for human entertainment.

Incinerated_Newt May 03, 2012

A fun read, but not as engaging as I'd hoped. I'm curious to see the movie, though.

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