Please note places for this event are fully booked due to popular demand and registration has closed - page updated 7 November 2014.
In 2006 the Mee family bought Dartmoor Zoo to prevent the majority of animals from being destroyed.
Since then, despite the release of the Hollywood film 'We Bought a Zoo' which was based on the bestselling book by Benjamin Mee, the threat to the zoo remains. Two global recessions and five of the wettest English summers on record have shown that this zoo needs to shift its centre of gravity from dependence on seasonal tourists towards becoming a charity focusing on research and education. This process is already well underway.
Our aspirations for the future are unashamedly ambitious - and will have a global impact. As well as developing our international conservation and education programmes, we aim to establish a world class research centre in animal cognition, exploring animal consciousness to promote the rights and welfare of animals everywhere. But our project is also about regenerating people, using the platform of the zoo to encourage volunteering, training and education, from pre-school to postgraduate and beyond. People from around the world have been inspired by this story of hope. Now everyone can actively participate in keeping this hope alive.
Join Ben in an incredible Crowdfund, launching on 17 November 2014, which will enable the zoo to become a charity, based on Dartmoor, for the next 100 years.
- 6pm: Arrival and refreshments
- 6.30pm: Welcome by Professor Kevin Jones, Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Plymouth. Introduction to Benjamin Mee, Dartmoor Zoo
- 6.45pm: Film Screening of ‘We Bought a Zoo’ starring Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson
- 8.45pm: Talk from Benjamin Mee with question and answer session
- 9.30pm: Close
Places are strictly limited and will be on a first come, first served
basis - registration required.