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Dereck and Beverly Joubert work to save African wildlife

July 30, 2014 Responsible Tourism No Comments Email Email

If Africa’s savannas represent the front lines of the war on wildlife, National Geographic Explorers–in–Residence Dereck and Beverly Joubert are some of conservation’s most decorated veterans,” says Boyd Matson, host of the National Geographic Weekend radio show.

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In this interview, the couple tell about the time they saw poachers shooting into an elephant herd, and without thinking, they immediately turned to chase the poachers off. They’re also working to diversify South Africa’s rhino holdings by shipping 100 on a cargo jet to Botswana, which is currently the safest place in the rhino’s range, due to the low level of government corruption. But Beverly is careful to point out that Africa’s poaching problem is largely driven by poverty. They’ve helped organize the second–ever Maasai Olympics, to help bring the communities together.

This year marks a very interesting one. 2014 will be known, in time, as the year when rhinos reached a tipping point, where the rhinos we have are breeding at a rate lower than the kill rate of poaching. We will officially go into a rhino deficit this year.

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