Beverly is a real child of Africa, and that seems to make all the difference to her work. Her roots are deeply embedded in her imagery because of this knowledge of her subjects; she seems to understand all leopards through the highlights in the leopardess’s eyes and what it will do next, because she’s seen it thousands of times before. You can see that she ‘feels’ the mist swirl around a male lion… and we as observers, can also hear the distance roar in our heads as it is about to come from its mouth, because she has heard those roars daily for decades.
Some would say that she and husband Dereck Joubert are among the most famous wildlife filmmakers in the world, and in this pursuit she co-produces and directs with Dereck, and records sound. Together they have 22 Emmy award nominations and 9 awards.
An equally important passion for Beverly is that of creating an image that tells a complete story in one instant, one frame: a story that is both a celebration of the sheer beauty and wonder of wildlife and also a window into its future.
National Geographic Explorer-at-Large, just one of a select few chosen at this level of professionalism in the Society, she has specialized in African photography for over 40 years, with images in a dozen or more National Geographic Magazines, in 15 books, and thousands of articles around the world. Beverly co-founded the National Geographic Big Cat Initiative (2009), Rhinos without Borders (2015) and Project Ranger during the pandemic (all alongside Dereck.) The Big Cats Initiative now has over 150 projects across 27 countries, all focused on protecting large cats. Rhinos without Borders has seen 87 rhinos moved from high poaching areas to safety, and the success is also shown with 60 calves born free. Project Ranger (2020) goal is to keep rangers the front-line workers in the field during the pandemic to help protect all the areas from a poaching pandemic, we are now supporting rangers in 8 countries in Africa.
The authenticity of her work has been recognized by institutions like the American Academy of Achievement, and The World Ecology Award, let alone a Peabody and endless other notable film awards that Beverly and Dereck Joubert have collected together. Their TED talk (2010) has also been seen by millions of people, as have so many other appearances from 60 minutes, Ellen DeGeneres, CNN Christiane Amanapour, and thousands of other news outlets.
Her passion for wildlife is endless. Perhaps for Beverly, the most prestigious and valued accolade is the Presidential Order of Merit given to her by the former President of Botswana His Excellency Ian Khama, for work done for the enhancement of the reputation of Botswana via her images and their films.
But Beverly’s eye for light and recognizing a unique moment in wildlife comes from quite simply doing the time in places she loves with someone she loves and with a healthy blend of outrage against what is happening to these wild places and the precious animals she knows so well.