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A zoo that inspired a Hollywood film has become a charity.
It comes after an online crowd-funding appeal to raise £1.6m for Devon's Dartmoor Zoo closed on Monday after raising nearly £340,000.
The appeal was boosted by an anonymous gift of £300,000 from a mystery donor. Director Ben Mee said the gaining of the new status meant the zoo's future was "as secure as it has ever been".
Benjamin Mee bought the tourist attraction after the death of his wife Katherine in 2006, inspiring the film 'We Bought A Zoo', which starred Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson.
The man who inspired the Hollywood film 'We Bought A Zoo' is turning to crowd-funding to save Dartmoor Zoo.
Benjamin Mee bought the tourist attraction after the death of his wife Katherine in 2006.
His memoir about how he transformed the fortunes of the dilapidated zoo was later turned into a movie. Now he plans to turn the zoo into a charity - with help from the public.
He has set up a crowdfunding page to help him raise the £1.6million needed. You can find out more here.
A film inspired by Dartmoor Zoo is released in cinemas today. 'We Bought A Zoo' stars Matt Damon and is based on the story of Benjamin Mee who tried to turn the fortunes of the Zoo around when he bought it as part of his family's dream home.
A family whose story has become a Hollywood film were guests of honour at its premiere in Plymouth last night.
'We Bought a Zoo' is about Benjamin Mee's fight to save Dartmoor Zoo at Sparkwell. He is played by Matt Damon in the lead role. Some of his keepers were the inspiration for the other characters.
We spoke to Benjamin Mee and Hannah Webb, the senior keeper at the zoo.