February 9, 2016 - New York, NY

NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts And National Geographic Live Present GORONGOSA REBORN: A CAMERAMAN’S JOURNAL With BOB POOLE Documenting Majestic Elephants, Lions, Buffalo, Zebra and Wildebeests in Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park   Tuesday, March 29, 2016

NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts and National Geographic Live are pleased to present Emmy Award-winning cinematographer Bob Poole in an adventure-packed multimedia presentation titled GORONGOSA REBORN: A CAMERAMAN’S JOURNAL at NYU Skirball Center on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. Poole will share unforgettable images and stories of Mozambique’s Gorongosa Park’s majestic animals, and the conservation efforts underway to ensure their future.

During Mozambique’s horrific 15-year civil war, nearly 97 percent of all the elephants in Gorongosa National Park were killed for their ivory tusks, which soldiers sold to purchase weapons. Thousands of other animals, including majestic zebras and lions, were also slaughtered for money and food. Today teams of scientists and conservationists are working to restore the park to re-wild this once-legendary park.

In this Nat Geo Live talk, Bob Poole will discuss the conservation efforts, and share secrets of filming lions, crocs, elephants and spectacular scenery, which can be accomplished by learning to read the landscape and find prime locations for filming the park’s spectacular wildlife.

About Bob Poole

Bob Poole grew up in East Africa, where his father was the director of the Peace Corps and later the director of the African Wildlife Foundation. His passion for wildlife conservation has taken him to some of the African continent’s most remote locations, tracking elephants in the extreme desert environments of Mali, following wildebeests across the Serengeti and traveling road-less regions of war-torn Sudan.

Bob’s relationship with National Geographic began when he was a teenager, filming elephants in Kenya. His first film as a cinematographer was “Coming of Age with Elephants,” about his sister Dr. Joyce Poole, a renowned elephant zoologist. He won an Emmy Award for “Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft: Cinematography” while working on the series “Great Migrations” for National Geographic, and was the main character in the Emmy-nominated National Geographic film “War Elephants.” He has made over 35 films for National Geographic Television, as well as documentaries and 30 plus films for the Discovery Network.

About Gorongosa Park

Mozambique’s Gorongosa Park, established as a hunting reserve in 1920, became a national park in July 1960 under Portuguese colonial rule. It quickly became a premiere destination not only for international tourists, mainly from Portugal, but also for celebrities including John Wayne, Joan Crawford and Gregory Peck. Two years after Mozambique gained independence from Portugal in 1975, the country was engulfed by a civil war. By the time the war ended in 1992, a million people were dead and millions more were maimed, traumatized and displaced. The web of life within Gorongosa Park was likewise left in tatters. Today, a massive conservation effort is helping to restore the land and animal life, including elephants, buffalo, zebra and wildebeests.


Ticket Information

GORONGOSA REBORN:   A CAMERAMAN’S JOURNAL, by Bob Poole will take place on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 7:30 PM at NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. Single tickets range in price from $35 to $70. Member and student discounts are available. Tickets may be purchased online at www.nyuskirball.org/natgeolive, in person at the NYU Skirball Center Box Office: Tuesday-Saturday, 12:00–6:00 P.M. or by phone at 212.998.4941. The NYU Skirball Center is located at 566 LaGuardia Place at Washington Square, New York, New York 10012.

Photos: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/9wwgnde4scn51ca/AAB2urvKuQaiKSsgC1bYGUOAa?dl=0



National Geographic Live is the live events division of the National Geographic Society, one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations whose mission is to inspire, illuminate, and teach. With a broad roster of talent including renowned photographers, scientists, authors, filmmakers and adventurers, National Geographic Live’s critically acclaimed programs have connected with audiences worldwide for more than a century. Currently, National Geographic Live events are held in 32 cities around the world, including New York, Seattle, Chicago, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Sydney. In each of these cities, speakers share behind-the-scenes stories from the front lines of exploration on stage alongside stunning imagery and gripping footage. In 2014, National Geographic Live events were attended by more than 150,000 people. For more information, visit natgeolive.org.


New York University’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts is the premier venue for the presentation of cultural and performing arts events for NYU and lower Manhattan. Since opening in 2003, the 860-seat Skirball Center has been an educational and community building resource, providing NYU’s first large-scale, professional performance space on campus. Through university events, presentations, and partnerships, the Skirball Center offers a unique multi-arts performance program in its intimate proscenium theater located on the south of Washington Square in the heart of Greenwich Village.