Beverly Joubert@beverlyjoubert

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

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Sea-green eyes stare out at us from an Acacia branch. This young leopard hasn’t seen much conflict in his life. The ears are intact and the nose remains unscarred. Leopards are astounding creatures- with their remarkable stealth they are still able to live undetected (at low numbers) in major cities. Due to their secrecy it’s not easy to determine their populations but we know that they are following the same downward trajectory as all big cats, as habitats change and prey disappears. Despite the difficulty in determining their populations, they are targeted by trophy hunters and poachers alike; their exquisite skins still desirable in some cultures. In this corner of the Okavango all hunting has been stopped for over a decade, poaching has been kept to an absolute minimum and we have been rewarded with frequent sights like these, of relaxed cats who are willing to share their space. Over their lifetimes big cats like these will bring in millions of dollars through photographic tourism, ensuring that their environment and ecosystem can be maintained in a world where human populations keep expanding and taking. #leopard #bigcats #thisismytrophy


Spot the two who aren’t buffalo. @dereckjoubert and I get such a thrill at this sight. Those two rhinos have made an epic journey by truck, plane and helicopter to be here - in a land where they are not so at risk of poaching. The #rhinoswithoutborders animals are now completely at home in this environment and beginning to breed again. #goodnews2018


Little legs trying to prowl like an adult cat. These lion cubs have a way to go before they turn from short-legged, rounded, bouncy scraps to the lithe, streamlined elegance of their mother. #littlebigcats #thisismytrophy


Streeeetch. Elephants will eat most species of plants but they’ll work especially hard to get their favorites. #elephantproblems


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So much can happen in 3 seconds, and what a difference a year makes: two things I find myself saying often. Another is that whether the sun shines or the rain buckets down, we are both incredibly happy with the way this last year turned out, despite a little hospital time. Now, we are in Duba to put the buffalo incident behind us, exactly a year later, and to find new adventures, and more pleasant memories to overlay. At the same time we are acutely aware that we are at a tipping point, where those who think it’s a good idea to have assault weapons in your school locker or travel across the world to shoot an elephant or lion (usually the same people actually) are perhaps missing the point: that the planet and its occupants, are precious and fragile and worth cradling in our hands, going to battle to protect, not to be wilfully eradicated. At the same time, I sense that there is now critical mass developing and there is greater hope in those that see the value and beauty in everything around them. As I sit and look out over Duba, a buffalo walks past and I forgive and wish him well as he goes on into the reeds, a symbol of that ‘wildness’ that Beverly and I both love more than almost anything. #worldwildlifeday


Crossing an Okavango channel. Look at how the tip of his trunk is held just above the water - like a snorkel. #okavango #botswana #elephant #aerial


Okavango ripples. A glorious sight of an intact wilderness. #botswana #elephants #okavango #aerial


Not all birds belong to the skies. Coqui Francolins can fly but spend most of their time on the ground in grasslands. Their coloring camouflages them perfectly, but when you do see them, those feather patterns and subtle colours are absolutely gorgeous! #coquifrancolin #yearofthebird #yearofthebird2018 #natgeoyearofthebird


We’re so pleased to be able to share this photo. Please welcome one of our newest #rhinoswithoutborders rhinos. A healthy, very bouncy and extremely precious baby girl. She is one off 11 babies born so far from the rhinos that have been moved from poaching hotspots to safety. This shows how well these animals have settled into their new homes, how well suited their environments are and how gently they were treated on their long journeys to safety. She brings an extra fire to our hearts and a lump to our throats. Thank you again for all your support in making this program such a success. #23rhinostogo #rhinohornisnotmedicine #goodnews2018


An aerial view of elephants foraging in the Okavango Delta shows just how important these great animals are in these and other systems. Vegetation can quickly become impenetrable in such wet, high nutrient areas. The large bulk of elephants and hippos continually create trails across the landscape giving access to food and water to numerous other species. This also prevents channels from becoming clogged with silt and vegetation and effectively keeps the Delta flowing. #ecosystemdrivers #elephanttrails #Okavango


A happy Chinese New Year to those who celebrate it and a very happy #YearoftheDog to all. We’ve seen the packs of endangered painted dogs in our concessions do exceptionally well over the years. They have many challenges, including persecution from people and susceptibility to disease. But they’re increasing in numbers around the Selinda Reserve and we hope that this year will see them continue to do well as we work towards securing more protected land for them and the other savanna species. #painteddog #keepingthewild