Beverly Joubert@beverlyjoubert

Award-winning photographer & filmmaker. @dereckjoubert & I produce African wildlife conservation documentaries. More images at Natgeocreative.com

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These are two of 87 rhinos that have been moved by #RhinosWithoutBorders from poaching hotspots in South Africa to secure locations in Botswana. The illegal trade in rhino horn has been devastating with around 3 rhinos killed for their horns every day - well over 1000 every year. It's a strange trade - one that has reared its head again in recent years as while rhino horn has uses in cultural 'medicine', it is increasingly being seen as a status symbol. The horns are made from keratin - the same as hooves and fingernails and has no medicinal properties. But the demand has led to a massive surge in poaching and a huge proportion of the money allocated for protected areas is being used to combat this. Hopefully the 100 rhinos that are being moved as part of this project will remain safe and form the basis for strong, genetically diverse new populations, while poaching and the demand for horn is tackled. They are thriving and doing their bit. To date, there have been 22 babies born to these relocated animals! #rhinohornisnotmedicine #whenthebuyingstopsthekillingcantoo @ilcp_photographers


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This time of year in the Okavango is definitely characterized by warthog piglets. They are everywhere! #warthog #wiglets #okavango #botswana


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Alone in a great Okavango channel. Elephants love to swim but he is barely stirring the mud as he crosses. I wonder where he is off to. #thejoyofelephants #journey #okavango #aerial #alonetime


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Endless pathways through the reeds. It’s easy to see why elephants are Keystone species - changing the environment around them and allowing access to highly vegetated areas to other species. #thejoyofelephants #keystonespecies #elephants #aerial


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The latest IUCN updated Red List of threatened species has not shown good news for giraffes. Their populations have quietly plummeted by 40% in the last 30 years as a result of habitat loss, poaching and civil unrest. Protecting habitat is essential as so many species will benefit from that protection and security. We have an awful lot to lose if we leave this too late. #maasaigiraffe #giraffesunset #timetoact


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The deep sleep of a young pride male and the one-week old cub who will soon end that peaceful slumber... 😼#littlebigcats #maasaimara #lions #lioncub #sleepinglioncrouchingcub #thisismytrophy #fatherhood


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Those yellow-green eyes miss nothing around her - even on a gloomy, rainy day. This is the young 'Figlet', daughter to the Maasai Mara's infamous Fig. She's heading for her 2nd birthday and is successfully hunting for herself. With the rains having started, the area will quickly transform into an emerald haven and baby antelope will appear en masse. This should be a good time for Figlet to improve her hunting skills and complete her independence. Her mother will have instilled the importance of trees and the safety that they provide from lions and hyaenas. She may be a small leopard, but Figlet has immense strength and will be able to carry her kills up into the branches where she will be able to eat at leisure - a luxury not available to many predators. #ThisIsMyTrophy #BigCats #leopardportrait #figlet


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A young ‘Figlet’ investigates a channel crossing that has flooded following some big rains in the #maasaimara. She is the infamous Fig’s daughter and is now independent and hunting for herself. If she’s anything like her mother, she’ll be formidable and will have been taught the importance of trees as places of safety in this lion-rich area. But the ground is where the food is and she’ll need to navigate around this sudden deep water. All the animals know that while water is essential, it holds hidden dangers. #figlet #thisismytrophy #leopard #bigcats #kenya #stormwater


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Brand new little wild cub. Just a jumble of legs without balance and a face that must still grow to fit its kittenish, woolly frame. What a privilege to see one so young. Long may you live little lion of the Maasai Mara! #littlebigcats


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A leaden sky. Clouds bruised and swollen with some of the first big rains of the year, turn the Maasai Mara towards darkness. A young cheetah scans the open plains. Good times are about to come with a huge influx of animals and newborns that appear almost miraculously with the green rejuvenation of the land. This is a wonderful time of year in the Mara. #cheetah #stormcoming #maasaimara #rejuvenation


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Competing in the High Jump - one of the traditional games that feature in the #maasaiolympics. These are Olympic Games with a sustainable twist. Not only do Maasai warriors pit their talents against each other in physical games based on tradition, but this is in place of the old ways where greatness was achieved through hunting a lion. With wild lion populations falling throughout Africa, the ability for people to come up with new ways and better ideas gives hope to a future that includes wild lions. We’re proud to be able to sponsor this event through the #bigcatsinitiative as well as @greatplainsfoundation and @greatplainsconservation. (This year’s winner of the High Jump was able to jump 9 feet from a standing position. Not something that either @dereckjoubert or I could do!)


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A sea of colorful cloth and beads. Spectators at the #maasaiolympics take their role seriously and make sure that they can show their support in respectfully impressive finery. The Olympics is an idea that came from the Maasai elders - a response to a devastated lion population and the need for young warriors to be able to prove themselves without the tradition of hunting a lion. It’s been a phenomenal success as young men compete against each other in a hunt for medals - not lions and the event has been embraced by the #Maasai. In the Tsavo/Amboseli area, lion populations are increasing, and the people who share their land are proud of the result. #effectiveconservation @biglifefoundation @ilcp_photographers


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