Alan Root


Age: 80

British wildlife filmmaker with a daredevil streak and the scarred body to prove it whose filmmaking concentrated on the natural wonders of Africa and was known for inventive shots that captured both the grandeur of gigantic herds and up-close images of animals and their behavior (in the 1960's through the 1980's, camera equipment had not yet shrunk to its current size, yet Root found ways to get the kind of shots that viewers ask "How did they photograph that?"), whose clients included the British nature program Survival and who told his story in the 2012 autobiography Ivory, Apes & Peacocks: Animals, Adventure & Discovery in the Wild Places of Africa.

Cause of Death: Brain tumor

Born: May 12, 1937

Died: August 26, 2017

Nanyuki, Kenya