Dereck Joubert


Dereck and Beverly Joubert are world famous, award-winning filmmakers, conservationists and explorers from Botswana. As National Geographic Explorers-at-Large, they founded the Big Cats Initiative that now has over 120 projects across 27 countries, all focused on protecting large cats. Their mission for over 30 years has been the conservation and understanding of the large predators in particular, and other key wildlife species that determine the course of all conservation in Africa. The Jouberts have produced 40 films for National Geographic, published 12 books, half a dozen scientific papers, and have written many articles for the prestigious National Geographic Magazine. Their talks around the world are often sold out in minutes, and their TED talk has attracted millions of views. Among their 8 Emmy awards, (from 22 Emmy nominations,) a Peabody, Grand Teton, Golden Panda awards, World Ecology Award (with Prince Charles, Sylvia Earle and Richard Leakey,) it is their Presidential Order of Merit given to them by Botswana’s President for their conservation work, that stands out for them.