Benjamin Mee is the man who bought a zoo. The brains, bravery and downright madness behind the story and hit blockbuster movie ‘We bought a Zoo’ starring Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson is all down to Benjamin’s inspirational story.
After starting a career as a bricklayer and decorator, Benjamin began to study and write about animal intelligence, studying psychology at UCL and then completing an MSc in Science Journalism at Imperial College. He then became a contributing editor to Men’s Health magazine and a Guardian columnist.
After moving to Southern France he began writing a book on the Evolution of Humour in Man and Animals.
His book, We Bought A Zoo, is an international best seller, with an uplifting and almost unbearably moving story that has been printed in 23 countries. It focuses on this experience of refurbishing and living at the zoo. The book and story was adapted into a Hollywood blockbuster in 2012, staring Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson, charting The Mee’s leap of faith on the big screen.
Benjamin is officially an Ambassador for Brain Tumour Research and is a key figure in their media and publicity campaign.
The British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums invited Benjamin to sit on their Communications and Development Committee, due to his rare insight of being a Zoo Director as well as his knowledge about regulation, and his journalistic experience.
A truly inspirational and insightful keynote speaker, Benjamin will move audiences with his incredible story of courage and ability to succeed in the face of adversity.
His speaking topics include:
– Animals and animal intelligence
– Leadership and motivation in the face of adversity
– Film, television and print media
– Recovering a business