Joan Root



Age: 69


Summary: animal conservationist who collaborated with her husband Alan Root on a series of wildlife documentaries in the 1970's whose 88-acre property was a refuge for orphaned animals, including an aardvark, a hippopotamus, and an African porcupine that would shake its quills on her command, but their attention-getting nature films included Mysterious Castles of Clay, which showed the inner workings of a termite mound and was nominated for an Oscar in 1978.



Cause of Death: Shot to death


Born: January 18, 1936


Died: January 13, 2006


Location: Naivasha, Kenya