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Beverly Joubert

Big Cat Hero. Wildlife Filmmaker. Survivor.

Beverly Joubert

Beverly Joubert is an internationally-recognized National Geographic Explorer-at-Large, an elite group of a handful of explorers whose work has made significant contributions to the cultural and biological diversity of our world.  Beverly has specialized in African photography for more than 40 years, producing dozens of magazine articles, 14 books, and touring photographic exhibitions.


As a child of Africa, she strives to create images that open a window in the souls of the subjects so that the viewer will feel a connection with these individual animals and will want to fight for their survival. Her unique style of photographic activism is geared to touch the heart of viewers, stirring a long-lasting passion, rather than sending a sharp shock to the heart as a means to motivate action.


With her husband Dereck Joubert, Beverly has co-produced many award-winning wildlife documentaries as part of their company Wildlife Films. Together, they have created more than 25 films, receiving eight Emmys, a Peabody, Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival awards, a Wildscreen Panda & Outstanding Achievement Award, a Lifetime Achievement Award, The World Ecology Awards, and the Presidential Order of Meritorious Service by the former President of Botswana.


Beverly and Dereck co-founded the Big Cats Initiative with National Geographic Society to slow the rapid decline of big cats, providing more than 150 conservation grants in 28 countries. They have since taken over this initiative to expand its reach.  They currently manage it through their own Great Plains Foundation.


In March 2017, the Jouberts survived a near-fatal Cape buffalo attack at their camp in Botswana's Okavango Delta.  This brought into sharp perspective the impermanence of time and the race we are all in to make a difference.


Setting their sights on sweeping change, Dereck and Beverly created Rhinos Without Borders, a revolutionary initiative that moved 87 rhinos from high poaching areas to safety. Their current wildlife conservation projects include everything from building teams of Female Rangers to relocating elephants, giraffes and other species to restore and rewild depleted habitats.


“Truthfully, a planet without the rasping sound at midnight of a leopard call in the forest or the cough of a male lion's first syllable in a roar at dawn will be an incredibly lonely one. A world where the wild has been tamed out and made safe and dull would be meaningless to many of us."


- Beverly Joubert

Beverly Joubert

Wild Africa: On the Brink


Dereck and Beverly Joubert have been filming, researching and exploring wild Africa for more than 40 years to help safeguard large predators and other key wildlife species that determine the course of all conservation in Africa. On stage they show the interdependence of wildlife and wild places, and the many clever and groundbreaking ways they are partnering with local communities to find a sustainable path to coexistence.

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Photos: courtesy Beverly Joubert

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