Benjamin Mee decided to uproot his family and move them to an unlikely new home: a dilapidated zoo on the English countryside, complete with over 200 exotic animals. It was his dream to refurbish the zoo and run it as a family business. There was much work to be done, and none of it easy. Tigers broke loose, money ran low, the staff grew skeptical, and family tensions ran high. Then tragedy struck. His wife had a recurrence of a brain tumor, forcing Benjamin and his children to face the heartbreak of illness and the devastating loss of a wife and mother. But inspired by her memory and the healing power of the incredible family of animals they had grown to love, Benjamin and his kids resovled to move forward. The Mee family opened the gates of the revitalized zoo in July 2007.
My Rating: 3.5/5
I was interested in reading this book as I am somewhat of an animal lover. I thought that this book gave a great insight into the inner management of a zoo.
The writing was the only problem I had with this book. At times it seemed too clinical. I would have liked there to have been a heavier focus on the animals rather than the funding problems.
The book starts slowly, solely focusing on his family life in France. His wife's battle with a brain tumour was very detailed which was something that I found really interesting.