Dereck Joubert is an award-winning filmmaker from Botswana who has been a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence for over four years. His mission is the conservation and understanding of the large predators and key African wildlife species that determine the course of all conservation in Africa. Dereck Joubert and his wife Beverly Joubert have been filming, researching, and exploring in Africa for over 25 years. Their coverage of unique predator behavior has resulted in 22 films, 10 books, six scientific papers, and many articles for National Geographic magazine. This body of work has resulted in five Emmys, a Peabody, the World Ecology Award, and the recent induction into the American Academy of Achievement. Their major effort today is in establishing 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 that has seen lion numbers drop from 450,000 to 20,000 in 50 years.