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Chuck it all in and download a zoo? Why not?
Matt Damon stars in this feelgood family feature based on the memoir by Benjamin Mee. Newly widowed Benjamin Damon is finding life difficult trying to raise his two young children.
In the market for a house and an adventure, Benjamin Mee moved his family to an unlikely new home: Mee had a dream to refurbish the zoo and run it as a family business. His friends and colleagues thou More. Sam was born and raised in an elephant… More. We Bought a Zoo meets Jurassic Park in a gripping story featuring the evergreen appeal of human-animal friendships and set in an elephant sanctuary, about a thirteen-year-old girl, a cast of elephants, and a surprising new arrival - a woolly mammoth.
In June Katherine was diagnosed with a grade-four glioblastoma brain tumour. She completed a course of chemotherapy but her doctors warned her and Benjamin that the tumour would return. She did in fact have to undergo treatment for it more than once. In the earlier part of the book the narrative veers off into diagnosis, possible treatments and trials, as Benjamin Mee uses his experience and knowledge to investigate every possible avenue of treatment for his wife.
Although it's a moving and absorbing narrative, if you were expecting an anecdotal romp featuring zoo animals, you might be rather taken aback by this part. As we read on, we realise that not only is the author quite unusual in his experience, but must be a very persuasive man.
For he was not only to plod on doggedly with fighting various doctors to find treatment for his wife, and to advise his mother, who was newly widowed, but also to incorporate and fight for what might be a once in a lifetime opportunity. Knowing of Benjamin's lifelong fascination with animals, Melissa posted the brochure to him in France with a note, "Your dream scenario". Instantly all his priorities changed. Benjamin Mee set about persuading his year-old mother that it would be a good idea to downsize and sell the Surrey home in which he and his three brothers and sister had grown up.
It turned out to be quite easy. For her 73rd birthday Amelia had spent a day as a big cat keeper, and she loved the idea of owning a zoo. Benjamin Mee also persuaded his brother Duncan and their other siblings to come in with the plan. It was slightly more difficult, however, to convince his wife Katherine.
Initially Katherine was resistant, as she had already given up a high-profile magazine job in London, and agreed to sell their London flat to move to France so that Benjamin Mee could write a book. They had been happily settled for two years, he was still writing the book and converting their two barns - and now he had another mad idea to download a zoo. Eventually though, after he had stayed in England and pursued the sale for a few months, she agreed to leave their home in France, and move their young family back to England to live with his extended family.
It was not plain sailing, however and the first half of the book does get rather bogged down in all the minutiae of difficulties of raising available funds to download the zoo, and be allowed a permit to develop it again.
Even the seller of the zoo had to be persuaded to part with his "baby" even though he had fallen foul of the authorities throughout the zoo's existence on several occasions. He had followed his own eccentric ideas, which did not always conform to regulations. For instance, even to this day, the zoo is not allowed to breed from the tiger, because the previous owner did not properly monitor the mating between his animals, and as a result most of the big cats are genetically related.
In addition, the zoo had fallen into such disrepair in later years that it was hazardous and dangerous for all concerned, not least the animals themselves.
Everyone concerned was beginning to lose heart. There were six members of staff working at the zoo when Benjamim Mee took on the project. All were unpaid and had been doing out of their own pockets. If the reader is expecting an anecdotal book on animals, with information about different species and animal behaviour to be gained along the way, then all the background information, and details about the family's life in France, and about how Benjamin Mee's family raised the money to finally download the zoo, all seem a bit off the point.
There are dramas and stresses throughout, not only financial when bank after bank seemed to let them down, but also family rifts.
Incredibly, his brother Henry, who was the executor of his father's will, switched sides and mounted a legal challenge to stop the download. Even when all these problems were finally overcome, they needed money to keep all the animals fed and all the staff - many of whom were new - paid. And before the zoo could be opened to the public, they had to going to the council office to make sure they had passed all the tests councils require.
The zoo's attempt to gain a licence was another hard battle to be fought. The council had said that the zoo's rotten fence posts and faulty electric fences were not safe and the pathways had become unwalkable.
There was all the knowledge of the zoo's earlier reputation to contend with too, especially locally.
For a long time they had hard work, severe stresses and overheads without any income. And at every new stage of development, a whole set of new problems would emerge. For instance, one afternoon in October , four days after opening, Benjamin Mee was sitting in the kitchen, when his brother ran in shouting, "A big cat has escaped.
This is not a drill. An inexperienced keeper had not bolted the enclosure correctly and Sovereign, the leopard, had jumped into the neighbouring enclosure, intent on fighting Tammy, the Siberian tiger.
It looked as if one of Benjamin Mee's first tasks as a zoo director would have to be to decide which animal to shoot dead. Fortunately Tammy's keeper managed to coax her back into her house and lock her inside. Benjamin Mee and a couple of keepers stayed outside waiting for an anaesthetic dart gun to arrive from another zoo, and the next day Sovereign was sedated and returned to his enclosure.
The keeper was fired.
At this stage Benjamin Mee needed 60, visitors a year to break even. The jaguar's escape was the first time he realised there were always going to be lives at stake. On another occasion before the zoo opened Parker, one of the wolves, escaped. There was a frantic hunt involving armed police, and eventually Parker was caught in a quarry two miles away.
As well as this catalogue of disasters, there is a lot of medical information, disappointments and sadness. We have known from the start that there is a tragic element to the story, and that Benjamin Mee's wife Katherine would be discovered to have a brain tumour. She is present in the book in a background role well into the second half, when with great irony, after the massive project was finally completed, Katherine died.
Benjamin Mee was then not only a single father to two young children, Milo and Ella, but also responsible for a whole "family" of animals, plus the staff at the zoo.