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Working together to support Dartmoor Zoo

Date August 13th 2015 by in Category Our work with charities

A change from the usual blog here as we are taking a look at one of our introducers, Devon Contract Waste, and its owner/director’s work with Dartmoor Zoo.

Situated on the borders of Dartmoor National Park, Dartmoor Zoo boasts a wonderful 33 acres of Devon woodland, celebrating a wide range of exotic and native animals, including the largest variety of Big Cats in the region.

The zoo’s story is unique. Formally known as Dartmoor Wildlife Park, the zoo was closed in 2006. It was then rescued by the Mee family and reopened as Dartmoor Zoological Park in 2007 whereupon the struggle for its survival began. The amazing journey was committed to memoir by CEO Benjamin Mee in the book, We Bought a Zoo, which was then made in to a Hollywood film of the same name starring Matt Damon and Scarlett Johannsen in 2011.

In 2014 the zoo finally achieved charitable status. As a registered charity, opportunities for accessing grant funding and other sources of revenue have improved dramatically. Most importantly, both corporate and individual supporters are now better able to provide support in the form of tax-efficient donations.

BCR Associates are pleased to be in partnership with Devon Contract Waste, working together to support such an important charity, providing cost management reduction service to reduce waste, raising funds to be donated to the charity.  

 thumb meerkats-webAs a family attraction, Dartmoor Zoo brings pleasure to thousands of families every year and plays an important role of the region’s visitor economy. As a properly constituted zoological collection it also makes a significant contribution to conservation, education and research. Despite very limited resources, the zoo has established a number of conservation projects both here and abroad, and has become an active participant in a variety of important of breeding programmes for endangered species. Each year, its award-winning education department plays host to thousands of students from pre-school to post graduates, and relationships with outside institutions such as Plymouth University are helping to break new ground in research.

In addition to fulfilling these traditional roles, the zoo is also an important community resource extending its interests into serving the needs of people as well as endangered animals.

thumb Vlad The Tiger at DZPDirector of Devon contract Waste and Trustee of Dartmoor Zoo, Simon Almond says, “Dartmoor Zoo is far more than just a zoo. It’s a vibrant community of individuals that dedicate their working life to the benefit of conservation, education and the wellbeing of local people who face mental health issues such as anxiety, depression and even PTSD.”

Several projects are now underway including a well established partnership with another charity, Grow 4 Good South West, which took up residence at the zoo in 2012. It provides support for people struggling with a variety of social issues by teaching horticultural skills, many of which leading to employment. A recent partnership with Hasler Company in Plymouth has laid the foundations for groups of serving armed forces personnel recovering from the consequences of armed conflict to work on development projects within the zoo.

thumb chincha-drink-webTo find out how to get involved or to make a donation contact Simon Almond on tel: 01392 361300 or

The zoo is open 10am to 6pm (4pm in winter) every day. Tickets can be purchased online via the web site

Donations can be made online at: 

You can keep up-to-date with events, news and special offers by following the zoo on Facebook and Twitter:


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