Biophilia Incarnate
  • Postgraduate Medical Centre, Derriford Hospital, Plymouth PL6 8DH

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Benjamin Mee, Director of Dartmoor Zoological Park is giving a talk to members of the Plymouth Medical Society and Plymouth University staff on Biophilia Incarnate.

Benjamin has unwavering passion for transforming lives through knowledge, collaboration and partnership, and encouraging sustainability through shared practice in the context of conservation. Despite a turbulent relationship with the education system in his youth, Benjamin went on to study Psychology at UCL and completed an MSc in Science Journalism at Imperial College.

He became a contributing editor to Men’s Health and a Guardian columnist before he moved to Southern France and began writing 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.

It was during the process of looking for properties for the family that Benjamin’s sister sent him the brochure for Dartmoor Zoo, with a note on it saying “Your dream scenario!”. And that’s when everything changed. Benjamin wrote a book about what happened - We Bought A Zoo. It is an international bestseller and has been printed in 23 countries. Dartmoor Zoo and Benjamin’s story also became the subject of a BBC2 four-part documentary called Ben’s Zoo in 2008.

Ben's current areas of research being pursued are:

  • biophilia and the impacts of nature on mental health and wellbeing
  • animal intelligence
  • entomophagy
  • aquatic ape hypothesis.

This event is only open to Plymouth Medical Society members and Plymouth University staff. It will be followed by dinner at 8.30pm (bookings required by Monday 2 February 2015). Contact Caroline Rose for further details.

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