UNDATED (CNN) -- They're the family whose lives inspired the hit movie We Bought a Zoo.
they're Australia's own zoo family - and for the first time the Mees and the
Irwins are meeting.
The Mees own Dartmoor Zoological Park in Devon, England,
and the movie that tells the story of how they saved it from extinction has just
been released on DVD.
And while the Mees have plenty of exotic and
interesting animals at their place, this is the first time they've been able to
get this close to our unique Australian wildlife.
Ella and Milo
lost their mother Katherine to cancer, while Bindi and Robert lost their dad Steve
five years ago in an accident with a stingray.
Both families found it was
their zoos, and their second family of animals, that helped them through their
They plan to keep in close touch, with the Irwins planning a visit to
Dartmoor to see how the other half lives.