Benjamin Mee is a writer, presenter and the owner of Dartmoor Zoo. Portrayed by Matt Damon in the brilliant Hollywood blockbuster We Bought A Zoo.
Ben is also a world-renowned speaker. Firstly he is engaging and inspirational with a relaxed informal style and he has a powerful story to tell.
As a result his message resonates with audiences at a personal and at a business level. Therefore successfully inspiring and engaging young people or senior executives and global organisations.
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Benjamin Mee’s book, We Bought A Zoo, documented his discovery of a dilapidated country house with numerous wild animals roaming the grounds. Above all else it highlighted his determination to save them from being destroyed.
Tragically In the midst of chasing escaping Jaguars and adolescent vervet monkeys, his wife’s brain tumour returned.
Ben found himself juggling the complexities of managing a zoo and getting it ready for re-opening while facing the consequences of his wife’s terminal illness, He was also caring for their two young children too.
In 2012 his story was made into a film starring Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson. The zoo and Benjamin have also featured in the BBC Two documentary Ben’s Zoo as well as the CBBC series My Life.
Ben has now moved the project forward into pioneering research with a new lab and research centre. Primarily they study and research Biophillia – the positive effects of nature on human mental health. The centre also helps those with depression, PTSD and social anxiety who volunteer at the zoo.
Ben has travelled around the world helping rehabilitate chimpanzees. These primates have been used for scientific testing Subsequently he has teaching them how to socialise by employing state of the art touch screen technology.
He’s worked to encourage eco-tourist links between Dartmoor Zoo and elephant sanctuaries in Thailand. too.
Much of the science and research being undertaken is unique in the UK. Ever encouraging the focus on research, he is now looking into humour in social mammals.
Consequently he is currently developing a dog cognition laboratory. This is where the public can brings their own dogs to help investigate animal communication, problem solving and human/animal interaction.
Ben’s drive and hard work have brought his twin passions of animals and how we understand and interact with them to the fore at Dartmoor Zoo.
"The audience were left amazed by his inspirational story which added to the overall success of the event. Afterwards Benjamin took the time to speak to our attendees during the networking session which was fully appreciated by the attendees who were brimming with questions or wished for photos with Ben. He took the time to get to know us and our achievers which, with his presence, added value to our event" BIFM