Here you can see the latest news on what Benjamin has been up to.
BENJAMIN APPEARS AS A GUEST ON 'GOOD MORNING DEVON'
10th June 2014
This short interview is in response to the news today that MPs are calling for urgent action to determine how many primates are being kept as pets across the UK.
The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Efra) committee says they are worried about the welfare of animals being kept privately.
In their report, the MPs say they support the idea of a ban on keeping and trading primates as pets. Benjamin is in agreement that monkeys should not be kept as domestic pets, as to be kept in a house is completely inappropriate and cannot possibly meet their natural instincts and living requirements.
Listen to the full programme here - reports at 53 minutes and 1 hour 46 minutes.
DARTMOOR ZOO SAYS GOODBYE TO A MUCH LOVED LEGEND
4th June 2014
A piece of extremely sad news to announce. Yesterday Benjamin and the staff here at Dartmoor Zoo said goodbye to Sovereign, our magnificent Jaguar.
Following a brief period of illness we discovered that he was suffering from feline leukemia and, on vet advice, the extremely difficult decision was taken for him to be put to sleep.
A massive character and loved by everyone, he made himself known by escaping on just the 4th day of the new ownership! Quite an induction to zoo life!
He's been here all the way through - magnificent, savage, powerful, strong, handsome, and his loss will be keenly felt by staff and visitors alike. He will live on in our memories and will never be forgotten. Rest in peace Sovereign.
BENJAMIN FORMS A PARTNERSHIP WITH JEREMIAH'S JOURNEY
22nd May 2014
Benjamin is very pleased to be at the beginning of a working relationship with the Plymouth based charity, 'Jeremiah's Journey', a charity who work with children and young peole who have been bereaved. As part of their work, 'Stepping Stones' work with children and young people who are facing bereavement, and allow children to be in an environment with other children in the same situation. This is wonderful help in the form of peer support in a safe environment, full of people who understand, who can help them to deal with the fact that they have family members with terminal illnesses, and to come to terms with what is to come.
"Jeremiah's Journey" plan trips with the families and children to give them happy memories at a difficult time, and Benjamin will be putting on a day at Dartmoor Zoo for the families to attend, and plans to work with them much in the future as a charity that offers something close to his heart. Click here to see a video of a family that Jeremiah's Journey has supported.
'WE BOUGHT A ZOO' ON 'THE SIMPSONS'!
7th May 2014
Benjamin's book and the film "We Bought A Zoo" is referenced in The Simpsons. It features in Episode 5 of Season 25. The Episode is called "Labor Pains" and Homer takes the kids to the Zoo.
Homer finally learns how to be a good father after he helps deliver a baby in a lift during a powercut, and the mother calls her baby Homer after him!
THE ROTARY DONATES TO DARTMOOR ZOO AND BRAIN TUMOUR RESEARCH
4th May 2014
John Greening and Jean Charmack from the Rotary Club 1090 visited on 4th May to donate £1000 to Dartmoor Zoo and Brain Tumour Research.
They awarded the cheques to Benjamin after attendees, hearing Benjamin's story during a talk at the Rotary conference, were inspired to donate.
Benjamin would like to thank them all enormously on behalf of the zoo and Brain Tumour Research for their wonderful donations.
BENJAMIN GETS SNAP HAPPY THE TELEGRAPH'S 'APPY SNAPS' FEATURE
3rd May 2014
The Telegraph Magazine asked Benjamin to send some of his pictures to them for their 'Appy snap' feature. This is where they put a different individual's pictures, plus a Telegraph related one, through instagram each week. This week it was Benjamin and you can see the results below!
DARTMOOR ZOO AND GROW 4 GOOD MEET ABOUT THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF NATURE
23rd April 2014
Benjamin met with Dave Sharp and Liz Wolsey from Grow 4 Good South West about holding a day to introduce local GPs to a programme that is being pioneered at Dartmoor Zoo which aims to help people access nature in order to help with health issues.
Research is currently underway looking into the benefits of nature on mental and physical health issues. Danish research has found "positive effects included psychological wellbeing, reduced obesity, reduced stress...reduced headache, better mental health...concentration capacity, quality of life..." to name but a few, and Benjamin is keen to ensure this link is proved, having witnessed it many times himself.