Poole grew up in East Africa, where his father was the director of the Peace Corps and of the African Wildlife Foundation. His unique upbringing gave him an appreciation and curiosity of the natural world, a highly adventurous spirit, and a strong sense of self-reliance.
His relationship with National Geographic began when he was a teenager working with a crew who had come to Kenya to film elephants. After completing a university degree in science, Bob traveled the world as a camera assistant before landing his first assignment as a cinematographer for National Geographic. The film, “Coming of Age with Elephants,” was about his sister, Dr. Joyce Poole, the renowned elephant zoologist.
Now, an Emmy Award-winning director of photography, Bob has made a career in front of the camera as well, producing work for PBS, the BBC, Discovery Networks, and National Geographic. Whether tracking elephants in extreme desert environments of Mali, following wildebeest across the Serengeti, or traveling road-less regions of war-torn Sudan, he captures remarkable moments. Working on the other side of the camera, Bob is the main character in a National Geographic film, “War Elephants,” which was nominated for an Emmy and other key awards. He is the presenter, narrator and wildlife cameraman for “Gorongosa Park: Rebirth of Paradise,” a six-part series for PBS and National Geographic International. In 2015 he filmed a family group of elephants for a National Geographic film, “Little Giant,” and worked as a “Cameraman in Vision” on a new BBC One series.
Bob sits on the board of the Gorongosa Restoration Project and is a Fellow with the Explorers Club.
“Nature Roars Back” with Bob Poole
Friday, August 18, 5:30 p.m.
The Cloister Ballroom
Experience an epic African wildlife park through the eyes of an Emmy Award-winning natural history cinematographer. A childhood in East Africa gave Bob Poole a fierce curiosity about the natural world as well as an adventurous spirit. For a new, 6-part PBS/National Geographic International series, Bob drew on that experience to document the rebirth of a lost Eden: Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park, a jewel of Africa’s parks system until civil war almost destroyed it. There, he joined forces with rangers and scientists (including his sister, renowned elephant researcher Joyce Poole), on perhaps the biggest conservation project on the planet. He’ll share secrets of filming lions, crocs, elephants, and spectacular scenery, and tell how he cracked the “Gorongosa code”—learning to read the landscape and find prime locations for filming the park’s spectacular wildlife. Join the acclaimed cinematographer and filmmaker for unforgettable images and stories of Gorongosa’s majestic animals—and learn how the wild places we’ve broken can be put back together. Complimentary. Reservations required, .
An Intimate Dinner with Bob Poole
Friday, August 18, 7 p.m.
Georgian Room Private Dining Room
Join Bob Poole for an intimate dinner and conversation. À la carte. Limited seating. Reservation required, 912-634-3948.
Understanding Elephants with Bob Poole
Saturday, August 19, 10 a.m.
Beach Club Theater
Bob Poole and his sister Joyce, renowned elephant zoologist, have been working with elephants for decades. Together they have helped us understand this highly threatened, iconic mammal, and worked together with communities, governments, and anti-poaching enforcement to increase their odds of survival. Complimentary. Reservations required, .