Photograph by Beverly Joubert
National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence Dereck and Beverly Joubert have been filming African wildlife since the 1980s. Wildlife, however, has changed dramatically over the years. While hunting has decreased as a management style and conservation efforts have blossomed, endangered animal populations continue to dwindle throughout Africa. The Jouberts are now turning their focus to saving the animals they have chronicled for so many years in their numerous films.
The Jouberts film, Game of Lions aired during Big Cat Week on the National Geographic Channel.
Beverly is also an acclaimed photographer, and her images have appeared in National Geographic magazine. Filmmaking and photography for Dereck and Beverly has always been a way to bring the message of conservation to audiences.
The Jouberts are also building a new model for conservation as partners in Great Plains Conservation, a collection of safari properties in Botswana and Kenya that acquires hunting or threatened land and converts it to conservation. Striking a balance of conservation, community and commerce, Great Plains Conservation saves endangered habitats in Africa through low-impact tourism and compassionate management. It presently has around 1.5 million acres under management, including recently added land in Tanzania, Kenya and Rwanda. The project aims to rehabilitate the environment and return these vast tracts of land to nature. Great Plains has received awards for responsible tourism in London and South Africa.
“All of our work — filmmaking, photography, research, tourism and the Big Cats Initiative — fits into a single lifelong goal, to make a difference for conservation,” said the Jouberts.
Nat Geo WILD presents a week dedicated to nature’s fiercest felines—big cats—creatures of magnificent strength, ferocity, and beauty that are rapidly facing extinction. With visually stunning and powerful stories from around the world, get closer than ever before to lions, tigers, cheetahs, panthers, and more as you share in their triumphs, defeats, and epic struggles to survive.