Enter your search into one or more of the boxes below:
You can refine your search by selecting from any of the options below:
Ivory, Apes & Peacocks: Animals, Adventure and Discovery in the Wild Places of Africa

Ivory, Apes & Peacocks: Animals, Adventure and Discovery in the Wild Places of Africa

Despatched in 2 business days.
Order now for Free delivery in the UK or choose Express Delivery to receive in 2 business days.
More on delivery...


Read our interview with Alan, in which he talks about the death wish of the natural history documentary maker, the role natural history on television plays in promoting environmental awareness and why he'd like to see bears and lemurs without the burden of needing to capture them on film.

Alan Root is one of Africa's most bitten. In the course of his adventures he has been mauled by a leopard, a silverback gorilla and a hippo, and almost lost his life to a deadly puff-adder, which claimed one of his fingers. Root's unmatched experience of East African wildlife and his appetite for risk have made him a world-class naturalist and film-maker. He's one of the great wildlife pioneers.

In Ivory, Apes & Peacocks, Alan tells the story of his life's work, from his arrival in Kenya as a young boy (furious at having to leave behind Britain's birds) to the making of his game-changing films. Instead of sticking to the Big Five animals, these looked up close at whole ecosystems - baobab trees, termite mounds, natural springs - and involved firsts such as tracking the wildebeest migration from a balloon, then flying it over Kilimanjaro, filming inside a hornbill's nest and diving with hippos and crocodiles.

Along the way we meet Sally the pet hippo and Emily the house-proud chimp, watch as Dian Fossey catches sight of her first mountain gorilla and have sundowners with George and Joy Adamson. And here, too, is Joan Root, Alan's wife and collaborator for over thirty years, who was brutally murdered in retaliation for her environmental campaigning. In this extraordinary memoir we look at Africa's wonders through the eyes of a visionary, live through hair-raising adventure and personal sorrow, and also bear witness to a natural world now largely lost from view.

Natural World & The EnvironmentThe natural world, country life & pets Publisher: Vintage Publication Date: 06/09/2012 ISBN-13: 9780701186036  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
Availability: Despatched in 2 business days. Login for Quick Checkout Add to Basket

Alan Root was born in London in 1937 but moved to Kenya as a young boy. He dropped out of school at sixteen but soon found himself behind the camera. He married Joan Thorpe in 1961 and together they produced an array of award-winning wildlife films including Baobab: Portrait of a Tree, commissioned by David Attenborough, Safari by Balloon, The Year of the Wildebeest and Castles of Clay, which was nominated for an Oscar. Alan has won over sixty awards during his career, including an Emmy, three Lifetime Achievement Awards an OBE. He now lives on the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in northern Kenya with his wife and two small sons.

See our Author Page for Alan Root

More books by Alan Root

Leave Review


Delivery Options

All delivery times quoted are the average, and cannot be guaranteed. These should be added to the availability message time, to determine when the goods will arrive. During checkout we will give you a cumulative estimated date for delivery.

Location 1st Book Each additional book Average Delivery Time
UK Second Class Available free for ALL orders. No charge for each additional book. 3-7 Days
UK First Class £4.50 £1.00 1-2 Days
UK Courier £7.00 £1.00 1-2 Days
Western Europe** Courier £17.00 £3.00 2-3 Days
Western Europe** Airmail £5.00 £1.50 4-14 Days
USA / Canada Courier £20.00 £3.00 2-4 Days
USA / Canada Airmail £7.00 £3.00 4-14 Days
Rest of World Courier £22.50 £3.00 3-6 Days
Rest of World Airmail £8.00 £3.00 7-21 Days

** Includes Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Irish Republic, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

Delivery Help & FAQs

Returns Information

If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase*, you may return it to us in its original condition with in 30 days of receiving your delivery or collection notification email for a refund. Except for damaged items or delivery issues the cost of return postage is borne by the buyer. Your statutory rights are not affected.

* For Exclusions and terms on damaged or delivery issues see Returns Help & FAQs

You might also like

Pets Rock
Joel Jessup
The Little Book of Big History: The...
Ian Crofton; Jeremy Black
The Dog Diet Answer Book: The ...
Greg Martinez
The Rose
(Books & other media combined)
Brent Elliott; Royal Horticultural...
Latest Blog
Found in translation

One of the joys of being a translator is bringing books to whole new audiences that wouldn't previously have been able to read them. But for Franca Scurti Simpson, giving English readers the chance to try Italian author Donatella Di Pietrantonio's My Mother is a River, required more than just her skills with language.

Editing TS Eliot

We interview Jim McCue about editing the definitive new two-volume edition of TS Eliot's poems.

A world where turtles dance

Today marks the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll's timeless tale of treacle wells, catless grins and recalcitrant croquet mallets. Laura Anderson looks at why this unique children's book has enchanted every new generation of readers.

View all Blog Entries
Show/Hide Tweets
© W&G Foyle Ltd