Dereck and Beverly Joubert

National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence Dereck and Beverly Joubert are the award-winning filmmakers and conservationists who established National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative, a comprehensive program to protect endangered felines worldwide. The Jouberts have been filming, researching, and exploring in Africa for more than 25 years, and their coverage of unique predator behavior has resulted in 22 films, 10 books, and many articles for National Geographic magazine. In 2006, they teamed up with other leading conservationists to launch Great Plains Conservation, an Africa-based company that works with local communities, governments, and commercial enterprises to enhance and protect iconic wildlife habitats in Africa and Asia. The Jouberts’ many distinctions include five Emmys, a Peabody, and the World Ecology Award.

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