Secrets of Living Among Lions

National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence Dereck and Beverly Joubert have spent decades living in the wilds of Africa, making more than 20 films and countless photos documenting amazing true stories of big cats in the wild.

Having seen lion numbers drop from 450,000 to 20,000 in 50 years, they have also established the Big Cats Initiative with National Geographic as an emergency action fund to drive the world’s attention to big cats and to develop real solutions to stop the decline. Now you can also keep up with their adventures, and stay informed about big cat conservation by following them on Twitter @dereckbeverly.

A team from “60 Minutes” recently visited the Jouberts at their home tent in Botswana, and produced the segment seen above, which aired in the U.S. on Sunday, November 25.

Your next chance to catch the Jouberts’ films will be starting Sunday December 9, 2012, during Big Cat Week on NatGeoWild. This special lineup of heart-pounding documentaries and specials highlights the rich lives lived by these animals and the extreme dangers they face in the modern world.

“We no longer have the luxury of time when it comes to big cats,” says Dereck. “They are in such a downward spiral that if we hesitate now, we will be responsible for extinctions across the globe. If there was ever a time to take action, it is now.”


Learn More

Tune in to Big Cat Week on NatGeoWild

On Twitter @dereckbeverly and @NatGeoExplorers


How You Can Help

Cause an Uproar for Big Cats



  1. Michael
    Folsom, PA
    September 17, 2013, 5:01 pm

    Wonderful little segment!! Thank you!!

  2. Patck Ursomanno
    September 17, 2013, 3:29 pm

    thank you for all your help with educating the world on all of natures wildlife, to say that I am jealous would be and understatement, I myself would love to live your life and maybe one day I will

  3. Patrik
    December 4, 2012, 2:27 pm

    Very very nice :))