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Dereck Joubert
Dereck Joubert is a 7-time Emmy award-winning filmmaker, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence and pioneering wildlife conservationist, who has been filming, researching and exploring in Africa for over 30 years with his wife the acclaimed photographer, Beverly Joubert. He is the CEO and co-founder of Great Plains Conservation and founder of the Great Plains Foundation, bringing together conservation, communities and conservation tourism to fund large tracts of land to be protected for the local wildlife and the surrounding communities. In 2011, Dereck and Beverly Joubert were honored with the Presidential Order of Meritorious Service by the President of Botswana for their work within the country.

Entries by Dereck Joubert

The Soul of the Elephant

(4) Comments | Posted October 13, 2015 | 6:02 PM

The screening of the film ended and someone came up to me and asked: "Do elephants really have souls?"

I looked at him and considered my chances of getting into an argument over this. We were in Utah -- Mormon country and I'm a little shaky on those beliefs on...

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Ivory Belongs on the Front of Elephants

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2015 | 12:23 PM

Imagine that you could wake from a nightmare and sit, sweat drenched, looking out at a different world, a normal place not filled with monsters and blood and guns of a moment ago. Tangled in your sheets your anxious breathing slows and a smile relaxes your brow, peace settles you.

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Leopard Print: A Thing of Beauty or a Symbol of Failure?

(2) Comments | Posted December 2, 2014 | 11:21 AM

Sitting in Paris in the rain is a strange place to be dreaming of leopards, but as elegant women bob up and down the Champs-Elysées in front of me in all forms of mock leopard print, I mull over why this particular pattern has endured as being beautiful while others...

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What People Need to Know About Africa and Ebola

(1) Comments | Posted November 6, 2014 | 5:59 PM

Africa is a continent, not a country, and it is big! I cannot tell you how often I meet someone and tell them I am from Botswana, and they ask if I know so and so, "I think he lives in Uganda."

There has been a wave of hysteria...

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This World Rhino Day, We Need to Stop Rhino Poaching for Good

(0) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 5:26 PM

As I write this we are parked under a tree in Botswana looking out at a gentle flowing patch of golden grass blowing in a late wind and thinking that this pristine image would really pop if a mother and calf rhino walked into frame. Well, that is going to...

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10 Things I Want People to Know About Kenya

(8) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 4:27 PM

This could be titled 'Why I love Kenya' so be ready for some unabashed positive messages about the country.

I keep coming across people who ask me if it's safe in Kenya, and while at first I was surprised, having lived for some time in Johannesburg in South Africa,...

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On World Lion Day, Let's Celebrate the Lions That Made Us Who We Are

(2) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 5:30 PM

What is a 'World Day' after all? Who cares? Probably the better question is "Who should care?"

August 10 is designated as World Lion Day, and as with other allocated "Days," the origin of such an event is to celebrate something globally, and think about how the...

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Is Earth Day Also Our Day?

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2014 | 4:55 PM

Each morning as I open my eyes and fresh thoughts come into my head, I fixate on one thing: that I need to do something substantial to change the present state of play on Earth.

Changing the world is taking me a little longer that I thought it would....

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