Bob Poole

Photographer, Filmmaker

Filmmaker and photographer Bob Poole works around the world, and his passion for wildlife conservation has taken him to some of the African continent’s most remote locations. Growing up in East Africa with a father who was an honorary Warden of Tanzania National Parks, Bob explored and camped with his family throughout the vast wilderness environments of Manyara, Ngorongoro, and the Serengeti. Having gained a good understanding of the wildlife from a young age, his knowledge of the ecosystems and wildlife within these national parks grew deeper through his subsequent work as a filmmaker. Bob’s relationship with National Geographic began as a teenager while working on a film about elephants. With a university degree in science, he became a cinematographer for National Geographic starting with a film about his sister and renowned elephant zoologist, Dr. Joyce Poole. An Emmy Award-winning Director of Photography, Bob films both people and wildlife. His extensive credit list includes documentaries for PBS, BBC, Discovery, and over 40 projects with National Geographic. Working on the other side of the camera, Bob also fronts numerous award-winning shows for National Geographic, PBS, and BBC. Poole is a speaker through the National Geographic LIVE lecture series and is a Fellow of the Explorers Club.