Dartmoor Zoological Park situated in Sparkwell, 24 miles from Holwell approximately 40 minutes drive away was the subject of a book and ultimately a film called “We bought a zoo”.
The owner, former journalist Benjamin Mee wrote a book about his experience refurbishing and living at the zoo. The film rights were purchased by 21st Centry Fox and the film was released in the UK in March 2012.
Dartmoor Zoological Park is a relatively small zoo at only 33 acres. It houses the usual array of big cats, monkeys, Dartmoor ponies, meerkats, otters and many many more fantastic creatures.
In 2013 the park bacame a charity and over the next 5 years plans to develop an on-site research centre for elephants. The park already works closely with 10 Universities including Plymouth and Exeter.