By: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Length: 8 hrs., 14 mins.
I haven’t watched the movie yet, but I have a feeling the two will not be alike. But I’m not here to review the movie (yet). We bought a zoo is an interesting documentation of the author’s (Benjamin Mee) life and his experience as he and his extended family went through the process of buying an old zoo, but it all wasn’t easy both personally and professionally.
Benjamin Mee was a freelance DIYer and enjoyed it very much. Moving his little family a few times throughout Europe to work on his next DIY project. When his sister has found an advert for a zoo that was being forced to shut down for numerous reasons, which she noted was like a dream for him. With the help of most of his family, they helped their mother sell their family home and use their deceased father’s money to make an offer on a zoo.
Tight budgets and deadlines, Ben is trying to learn the ins-and-outs of a zoo and not lose hope that the plan will never come true. Even through this process Ben also loses his wife to brain tumors, leaving him with his two little children. Trying very hard to juggle parenting and the position as zoo director, with the help of his mother everything seems to be going really well.
I enjoyed this book. It came out around the time I worked at the bookstore, and although it was not at the top of my TBR list, I felt like it might be interesting. A man who writes about his life experience in purchasing a giant property full of exotic animals? Why not.