WATCH: Iconic conservation duo talk wildlife at #INDABA2016

2016-05-11 14:35 - Selene Brophy
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Prolific wildlife conservationists, award-winning filmmakers and National Geographic explorer’s in residence Beverley and Dereck Joubert say conservation is something that drives their daily lives, believing that preservation of the large predators and African wildlife determines the very course of conservation on the African continent.

We caught up with them at Indaba and had a little fun with the iconic couple, however still touching on some very serious issues.

Together through Great Plains conservation they’ve been driving a Big Cats Initiative which has been having an immense impact as it funds 85 different projects in 27 countries.

As the controversy of lion cub petting and voluntourism continues, the couple say they don’t think the industry should be selling safaris to people to come and cuddle or to walk with lions, “There are version of volunteering that may be okay, but generally we frown on it.”

But they’re optimistic about the future of Africa and say they cannot believe the "tipping point reached within the industry with the likes of Cecil the Lion".

“Who would have thought that millions and millions of people would be so excite about this and get so angry about it that they would be able to stop hunting and stop this sort of thing from happening in the future."

Take a look at our #INDABA2016 catch-up with the iconic couple

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