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Dereck And Beverly Joubert Extended Interview With Yang Lan One On One From Her International Village Forum In China

June 6, 2015 Responsible Tourism No Comments Email Email

unnamed (1)Dereck and Beverly Joubert were interviewed by celebrity talk show host Yang Lan while they were in Chinaand her extended piece has just been released. Their talk on Yang Lan’s Village Forum was followed by a staggering 195 million people on social media and set the tone for Lan’s live interview which was followed by200 million. It is significant that the Chinese government just announced that they would start the process of banning all ivory importation at this time. Dereck said “it is gratifying to be a small part of significant change.” Beverly noted that this massive following is predominantly young women between the ages of 25 and 35 and an important indicator of cultural change in China among this influential demographic.

See the entire interview here
(narration at the start in Mandarin, interview conducted in English)

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Dereck and Beverly Joubert during their interview with Yang Lan One on One

Motivated by the incredible poaching numbers in Africa, where five lions are killed every day, five elephants an hour and a rhino every seven and a half hours, it’s African problem; however, African solutions alone won’t solve it until demand from China (and the Far East) is curtailed. “If we can draw on the ancient wisdom of care, compassion, respect, trust and empathy that is so prevalent over 2,000 years of Chinese culture from dynasty to dynasty, we will find a common language,” Dereck said, “and if China can shutdown the demand, we can handle closing off the supply with anti–poaching and crime fighting.”

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Dereck and Beverly Joubert during their interview with Yang Lan One on One

The Jouberts have lived and worked with wildlife in Botswana for over 30 years and have first–hand experience with the animals most under threat. Beverly said: “Many traders and collectors are hording ivory and rhino horn, banking on extinction. But we all have to bet against them and bank on the future, and the survival of these species.”

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