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Bob Poole

National Geographic Filmmaker

Emmy Award winner, Bob Poole grew up in East Africa, where his family spent much of their time among 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.


Poole’s career with National Geographic began as a teenager in Kenya when he worked on a film about elephants.  Now Bob is recognized as one of the world’s leading wildlife cinematographers, and works in front of the camera as a presenter.  


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.


In his most recent film for National Geographic, Man Among Cheetahs, Bob tells the story of a mother cheetah struggling to raise her cubs against all odds.

Highlights & Accomplishments
Over 35 films with National Geographic Television
Multiple Award Winner including Emmy for Outstanding Cinematography
8 years filming in war-torn Mozambique documenting the return of wildlife in Gorongosa Park (National Geographic/PBS)
Explorers Club Fellow
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