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Ivory, Apes & Peacocks: Animals, Adventure and Discovery in the Wild Places of Africa

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  129 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Alan Root is one of the great wildlife pioneers. He began his career making films for the TV series "Survival," which started wildlife film-making as we know it, and is responsible for numerous groundbreaking documentaries and natural history discoveries -- from being the first person to film hippos and crocodiles underwater and the wildebeest migrating to observing that h ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published September 6th 2012 by Chatto & Windus
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Sam Ingram
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful book about the life of conservationist Alan Root. Seriously unbelievable in parts as his lust for filming wildlife gets him into some terrifying scrapes including getting mauled by hippos, leopards and gorillas. It also has quite tragic bits as close friends and partners die or are murdered by poachers and there are plenty of tragedies within Africa's conservation efforts. However overall this book is filled with wonder and spectacular wildlife, and the amazing illustrations also mer ...more
Aaron Camm
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I remember watching Alan Root's ground breaking nature documentaries as a child on ITV's Survival and it was those that got me hooked on the fauna of Africa. The go-to-man for animals before David Attenborough took over, Root changed the tradition of macho white men molesting animals (the Steve Irwin camp) for thrills and developed the ecological narrative we see in today's programs. This book is an autobiography detailing a career spent filming some of Africa's most fascinating creatures, his b ...more
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Jul 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The best part about reading travel memoirs or books about new places is the ever-expanding bucket list that is sure to follow. That’s also the worst part. While still living in Thailand (found this book in my new apartment), I may not even have seen all of Asia yet, but now Alan Root’s book has been dying to get to Africa as soon as possible!

I’ve always found it intriguing, the stories of British ex-pats moving to Africa following the World Wars, especially as the leadership began to
Courtney Williams
Jun 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
The book: Ivory, Apes & Peacocks: Animals, Adventure and Discovery in the Wild Places of Africa

The author: Alan Root, British nature filmmaker

The subject: Root's life growing up in Africa and later working there as a pioneering nature filmmaker.

Why I chose it: I am interested in natural history and saw it in the library while browsing.

The rating: Four out of five stars

What I thought of it: This is the sort of book that makes you want to immediately drop everything and go on an adventure. Well, I'll add to/>What/>The/>Why/>The/>Thebook:
Sep 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
To read this book gives you a free ride on the shoulders of a photographer who is more than a voyeur looking at animals, he looks into animals and films their lives in a most intimate, compassionate, ecological way. Alan Root cares passionately about animals in their proper settings, the wilds that he traverses with great respect, aplomb, adventure and skill. The stories he tells of his travels and sites, the films, the people, the condensed hours, weeks, months, years he spends trying to get th ...more
Caroline Taggart
May 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A must for anyone with the remotest interest in wildlife and wildlife film-making. Alan Root is the man who, according to David Attenborough, ‘almost single-handedly…made wildlife films grow up’. He worked in the Serengeti with pioneering conservationists Bernhard and Michael Grzimek; he made films for Armand and Michaela Denis; he knew Joy and George Adamson and Dian Fossey; and if none of that interests you, he’s been bitten in the backside by a leopard and in the leg by a hippo, nearly lost a ...more
Delta Willis
Apr 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is my second read of Alan Root's book, a nice inscribed copy given me at his home in Kenya last month. It is fascinating to revisit the Serengeti Shall Not Die episode with Professor and Michael Gzrimek, his early days as a filmmaker, and his first meeting with Joan Thorpe who became his partner on so many excellent documentaries.
The book is helping me craft my memoirs; just about the luckiest job ever was being publicist for these fantastic films, which drew me to East Africa.
Here i
Gordon MacLellan
interesting but not thrilling. This was one of those books that I enjoyed in an "this is entertaining but not wildly so" sort of way. There is nothing wrong with it: reasonably written and an interetsings tory but it jsut didn't grip me: I felt that I never really engaged with the author. Despite the adventures he's been through, I experienced no tension....sorry. I would have like to have liked it more! Root's connection with central and eastern Africa is very clear and he evokes the landscapes ...more
Jason Peters
Feb 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic book by one of the greatest wildlife film-makers that ever was. A must read for anyone interested in wildlife film but also a fascinating read for anyone interested in East Africa, conservation and adventure, with a sprinkling of celebrity as Alan appears to have connections to all who have visited the region over the past fifty years or so... Well written and often humorous but peppered with accounts of sad and moving happenings... Read it people!
Feb 24, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really fantastic read, I had not heard of Alan Root before reading this book and I can see that he was quite a important person in the scheme of wildlife filming in Africa.
Sad about the break down of his first marriage, and the breaking down of law and order in parts of Africa. Sad to see things go backwards instead of progressing forward for everyone's good.
Marie Knock
Feb 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
An amazing book. As a wildlife photographer I cannot believe Alan Root was unknown to me until my hubby bought me this book for Xmas. He's lived a turbulent and at parts envious life. he's not my ideal husband by any means, but for anyone interested in wildlife photography it's a must read!
Jul 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A wonderfully written book that takes you away to the far off corners of the world. Alan Root takes us into a wild world that is slowly disappearing with the increase of human impacts. A must-read for any nature lover who wishes to be taken back to the real world
Jan 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Very interesting. I enjoyed the stories. Don't think it will win any awards.
Frangipani Marigold
Mar 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Made me realize just how much work goes into filming wildlife programs. Have been an Alan Root fan ever since I saw his film showing hornbills nesting. Incredible.
Feb 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Loved this book, such tales of being in the Bush. Desperately want to see the films he made now.
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Goodreads Librari...: Completely incorrect title... 3 169 Sep 04, 2012 08:14AM  
Alan Root is a filmmaker, naturalist and adventurer. He lives with his wife and children in Kenya.