Dartmoor Zoo may well be the most famous animal park in the world right now, all thanks to a little movie called We Bought A Zoo, some director called Cameron Crowe and a couple of actors you may have heard of – Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson.
It really has been a great couple of years for the family-owned zoo, since it was purchased by Benjamin Mee and his family and reopened in 2007 as the Dartmoor Zoological Park. Set in 33 acres of woodland, the zoo has an amazing collection of animals, from tigers, lions and bears to ostriches, jaguars and cheetahs.
In the last five years, the park has more than quadrupled the output of its research department, more than doubled its involvement with local schools, worked hard to tackle incredibly bad weather, which led to reduced visitor numbers and caused considerable damage to the zoo, has been named as a full member of the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums and has set plans in motion to add zebras, elephants and giraffes to its animal roster.
Given how well the zoo has been doing, we here at the Two Moors Festival thought what a great idea it would be to include a talk by none other than Benjamin Mee himself during our main two-week event in October. On the 20th at the Royal Oak Inn in Withypool at 11:00, the director of the zoo will discuss how his purchase of the park led to the making of a feature film.
It promises to be a very interesting discussion, so make sure you go if you’re in the area at the time.
Free entry by ticket only
Collection in aid of Dartmoor Zoo and the Festival’s education projects
Call (01643) 831 370 for further information