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Beverly & Dereck Joubert

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For over 25 years National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence Dereck and Beverly Joubert have made wild Africa home, dedicating their lives to the protection and understanding of the large predators and key wildlife species that determine the course of all conservation in Africa.


Their coverage of unique predator behavior has resulted in 22 films, 10 books, 6 scientific papers, and numerous articles for National Geographic magazine. This body of work has earned six Emmys, a Peabody, the World Ecology Award, and induction into the American Academy of Achievement. In addition, the Jouberts were recently awarded the Presidential Order of Merit by the government of Botswana for their life’s work.


Filmmaking for them has always been a way to bring the message of conservation to audiences. In 2011 their feature film, The Last Lions, was released to critical acclaim. Filmed in the lush wetlands of Botswana’s Okavango Delta, the tale follows a determined lioness willing to risk everything to keep her family alive. Eye of the Leopard (2006) documents a young leopard’s survival in wild Africa over a period of three years. Other recent films include Living With Big Cats, Rhino Rescue, Relentless Enemies, Ultimate Enemies, Eternal Enemies, and Lions of Darkness.


The Jouberts are the founders and driving force behind National Geographic’s Big Cat Initiative, which aims to place the plight of big cats firmly into the spotlight and funds innovative conservation projects. In addition, Dereck is CEO of Great Plains, an organization committed to bold conservation initiatives sustained by sensitive, low volume, low impact tourism.


Their efforts, as filmmakers, with the Big Cats Initiative, and with Great Plains, coincide with one aim: to save the wild places of Africa, and to protect the wild creatures that depend on them. The President of Botswana recently said it well: Theirs is a lifelong passion; for each other, for big cats, for Africa … they are true ‘children of Africa.’

Highlights & Accomplishments
National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence
Founders of the Big Cats Initiative with National Geographic, which currently funds 86 grants in 27 countries for the conservation of big cats.
The Jouberts are award-winning wildlife and conservation filmmakers, some major accolades include a Peabody and 8 Emmys.
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