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Benjamin Mee

Benjamin Mee

Zoo owner and leadership speaker

Benjamin Mee is the man who bought a zoo and the inspiration for the film ‘We Bought a Zoo.’ He is a strong, spirited speaker whose message of courage, resilience and leadership never fails to captivate his audience. He is able to engage with any type of audience and deliver a memorable and motivational talk. His unique story reminds us of the importance of striving to meet our goals, even in the face of adversity.

Benjamin Mee shares his inspirational story of one man’s leap of faith, triumphing over personal tragedy, and the battle to succeed despite obstacles, of courage, resilience and enterprise.

When Benjamin and his family learned that the run-down Dartmoor Zoo would be closed down and the majority of the animals destroyed if a buyer couldn’t be found, he defied all odds and bought it. In an engaging and amusing way, Benjamin draws on his experiences of buying a zoo, overcoming obstacles and having his story made into a film for both corporate events or as after-dinner entertainment. His story of novice zoo keeping is one of triumph and the passion and perseverance it takes to succeed. It reminds us of the importance of striving for our goals, even in the face of adversity.

Benjamin possesses an unwavering passion for transforming lives through knowledge, collaboration and partnership, and for encouraging sustainability through shared practice in the context of conservation. His speeches are world-renowned and he has conducted speeches for high profile businesses and organisations in the UK and abroad, including a tour of the US. His talks are engaging, with a relaxed and informal speaking style. Eloquent, entertaining and human, Benjamin is extremely adaptable and tailors his talks to the requirements of each client, with an array of inspiring and uplifting themes. He strives to apply his enthusiasm, commitment and passion to every audience he addresses, and his talks focus on the themes of motivation and inspiration, overcoming obstacles, teambuilding, achieving goals, leadership and change.

    Keynote Topics:


    • Motivation
    • Leadership
    • Overcoming obstacles
    • Teambuilding
    • Achieving goals



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