Ben’s Zoo

Every night at 7pm on TVNZ 6

TVNZ 6 pays homage to a special conservation warrior in the new series Ben’s Zoo. Ben Mee, a man with no previous animal care experience, spends his family’s life savings in an attempt to save the zoo animals from death row.

The Dartmoor Wildlife Park in Devon, UK, was preparing itself for the worst. Closed to the public and desperate for new investment, a skeleton staff of dedicated workers remained, some spending their own money to buy food and much needed drugs for the animals.

The keepers knew that the chance of re-housing mature big cats, monkeys and wolves in other zoos was minimal. Unless someone could scrape together the $2 million needed to buy the zoo, their beloved creatures were just weeks away from being destroyed.

At the eleventh hour, they heard the news. Against all the odds, Ben Mee, a writer and DIY expert, and his family had been crazy enough to buy the zoo.

Tune in to this exciting story of Ben, his family, the animals, and the struggle to save the zoo animals from death row and re-open it to the public.