We bought a zoo
|Format:||Print Book 2008|
|Availability:||Available at 9 Libraries 9 of 10 copies|
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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|Publisher|| New York :Weinstein Books,2008
Subtitle on jacket: The amazing true story of a young family, a broken down zoo, and the 200 wild animals that changed their lives forever.
261 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm