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Benjamin Mee

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We Bought a Zoo Author & Motivational Speaker

Benjamin Mee is an inspiring, and Motivational Speaker and author of “We Bought a Zoo,” which was turned into a Hollywood film starring Matt Damon.

When Benjamin and his family found out that Dartmoor Zoo would need to close if a buyer could not found, they went against everyone else’s advice and bought it.

It was an uphill struggle, not only managing a zoo with all the different needs of the animals but also facing up to the fact that his wife was terminally ill and he needed to care for his two children.

However, through courage, desire, and hard work, Benjamin reopened the zoo to the general public and remains open to this day. By creating partnerships and collaborations and encouraging sustainability Benjamins’ story is truly unique. It is the story of taking a leap of faith and succeeding against all the odds.

His Book “We Bought a Zoo” was transformed into a film starring Matt Damon.

Previously a contributing editor to Men’s Health and a Guardian columnist, Benjamin Mee had lived in France before and wrote a book on the ‘Evolution of Humour in Man and Animals.’

He has recently been awarded an honorary doctorate in science from Plymouth University and has had a lifelong interest in the field of animal intelligence and the benefits of nature on health and wellbeing.


Benjamin’s speeches are known across the world. With a variety of inspiring and uplifting themes, Benjamin is an enthusiastic, committed and passionate speaker. Some of the topics he focuses on include –

• Overcoming obstacles
• Teambuilding
• Achieving goals
• Inspirational keynotes on the theme of leadership and change


Overcoming Adversity


We have worked with Matthew for many years and will continue to do so. His knowledge of the Speaker Market and ability to interpret our clients requirements is quite exceptional.

He is incredibly thorough in his approach and always goes that extra mile to ensure everything is exactly as required.

I am always happy working with Matthew, he has great credibility, he is very diverse in his ability to make things happen.

Matthew Fisher and I have worked together for many number of years. I have always found Matt to be honest, good natured and willing to work hard always carefully selecting the best appearances to suit my personality and lifestyle. The work Matthew has delivered for me over the years has varied from schools, colleges, attending film premiers, guest speaking  to name a few all of which I have lots of memories and thoroughly enjoyed.