Then and Now: Jouberts

National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence Dereck and Beverly Joubert have been filming and researching African wildlife since the 1980s. Recently, their research has focused on the steady decline of big cats across the globe, a trend that has been heavily affected by habitat loss and hunting. In an effort to pull the world’s wild cats from the brink of extinction, the filmmaking duo spearheaded the Big Cats Initiative. This National Geographic program is dedicated to the preservation of big cats—lions, tigers, jaguars, cheetahs, and more—through education, conservation projects, and a worldwide awareness campaign.