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Biography


 

BIOGRAPHY

Bob Poole grew up in East Africa, where his father was the director of the Peace Corps, and later the director of the African Wildlife Foundation. His family spent much of their time with the abundant wildlife that thrived there during the 1960s and 1970s. Poole’s unique upbringing gave him an appreciation and curiosity of the natural world, a highly adventurous spirit, and a strong sense of self-reliance.

Bob’s relationship with National Geographic began when he was a teenager working with a crew who had come to Kenya to film elephants. After completing a university degree in science, Bob traveled the world as a camera assistant before landing his first assignment as a cinematographer for National Geographic.  The film, "Coming of Age with Elephants" was about his sister, Dr. Joyce Poole, the renowned elephant zoologist. 

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Biography


 

BIOGRAPHY

Bob Poole grew up in East Africa, where his father was the director of the Peace Corps, and later the director of the African Wildlife Foundation. His family spent much of their time with the abundant wildlife that thrived there during the 1960s and 1970s. Poole’s unique upbringing gave him an appreciation and curiosity of the natural world, a highly adventurous spirit, and a strong sense of self-reliance.

Bob’s relationship with National Geographic began when he was a teenager working with a crew who had come to Kenya to film elephants. After completing a university degree in science, Bob traveled the world as a camera assistant before landing his first assignment as a cinematographer for National Geographic.  The film, "Coming of Age with Elephants" was about his sister, Dr. Joyce Poole, the renowned elephant zoologist. 

Now....

 

 

an Emmy Award winning Director of Photography, Bob films both people and wildlife and has made a career in front of the camera as well.   His extensive credit list includes documentaries for PBS, NATURE and NOVA, BBC, over 30 films for Discovery Networks, and an additional 35 plus films for National Geographic Television.

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Bob works around the world and his passion for wildlife conservation has taken him to some of the African continent’s most remote locations. Whether tracking elephants in extreme desert environments of Mali, following wildebeest across the Serengeti, or traveling road-less regions of war-torn Sudan, Poole’s lifetime experience, and unfailing tenacity help him to capture remarkable moments.  For this he won an Emmy for Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft: Cinematography while working on the series Great Migrations for National Geographic.

Working on the other side of the camera, Bob is the main character in a National Geographic film, War Elephants, which premiered in March of 2012. The film was nominated for an Emmy: Best Nature Program 2013, was a Finalist at Jackson Hole for Best People and Nature Program and won Best Documentary at the Sun Valley Film Festival.

 

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Bob works around the world and his passion for wildlife conservation has taken him to some of the African continent’s most remote locations. Whether tracking elephants in extreme desert environments of Mali, following wildebeest across the Serengeti, or traveling road-less regions of war-torn Sudan, Poole’s lifetime experience, and unfailing tenacity help him to capture remarkable moments.  For this he won an Emmy for Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft: Cinematography while working on the series Great Migrations for National Geographic.

Working on the other side of the camera, Bob is the main character in a National Geographic film, War Elephants, which premiered in March of 2012. The film was nominated for an Emmy: Best Nature Program 2013, was a Finalist at Jackson Hole for Best People and Nature Program and won Best Documentary at the Sun Valley Film Festival.

 

Bob spent two and a half years working on Gorongosa Park: Rebirth of Paradise, a 6 hour primetime series for PBS and National Geographic International, which premiered September 22, 2015.   He is the Presenter, Narrator and Wildlife Cameraman for the series.

In 2015 he spent 3 months following and filming a family group of elephants for a National Geographic film called Little Giant, and worked as a "Cameraman in Vision" on a new BBC One series Nature's Epic Journeys .

Currently Bob is on tour with National Geographic LIVE speaking in cities across the world.

Bob sits on the board of the Gorongosa Restoration Project, is a Fellow with the Explorers Club and a member of National Geographic Speaker's Bureau.

 

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