ALAN ROOT; A TRIBUTE

One of the greatest wildlife filmmakers of our era and a dear colleague, Alan Root, died on Saturday morning aged 80.

He was born on May 12, 1937 in London, the United Kingdom, and moved to Kenya as a child.

Root is known for movies including 'Serengeti Shall Not Die, Lights', 'The Year of the Wildebeest' and 'Action, Africa!', and wrote the book 'Ivory, Apes & Peacocks: Animals, Adventure and Discovery in the Wild Places of Africa'.

The filmmaker received more than 60 awards including two Emmys, a Peabody and The Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival.

In his tribute published in The Kenya Star, Delta Willis, former publicist for Survival films in the US, said: "He crafted narratives about ecosystems, with a full cast of symbiotic natural players, and not a croc-wrestling presenter in sight".

Root will be remembered for his contributions, captured in Willis' full tribute below:

 

 

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