The real Dr Dolittle
We meet Alan Root, the man David Attenborough said "made wildlife films grow up", who has nine fingers and a hole in his leg from his animal encounters
You might not recognise the name Alan Root, but you have probably marvelled at his work. For more than 50 years, he has been making seminal wildlife films both in the East Africa of his childhood, and elsewhere, capturing footage of the world’s rarest and least observed animals. His mesmerising documentaries about the baobab, and the wonders of termite mounds are etched memories of my animal-loving childhood. Now he has written a memoir, Ivory, Apes and Peacocks; the title a quote from a much-loved poem by John Masefield.