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Big Cat Week Google+ Hangout: A Life Among Lions

Dereck and Beverly Joubert have lived in the bush among the beasts for decades, capturing on film the big cats in all their tenderness and power. (Photo by Beverly Joubert/National Geographic Creative)
Dereck and Beverly Joubert have lived in the bush among the beasts for decades, capturing on film the big cats in all their tenderness and power. (Photo by Beverly Joubert/National Geographic Creative)

Since the 1980s, National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence Dereck and Beverly Joubert have captured some of the most eye-opening and enlightening big cat footage in the world (see photos and get stories from throughout their career).

Ever watched something about the long standing rivalry between lions and hyenas? That was them.

Ever seen a water buffalo chase down lion cubs? Them again.

Do you feel that there’s one particular leopard you know better than the rest? Her name is Legadema, and you have the Jouberts to thank for that one too.

Their dedication to recording and sharing the lives of Africa’s big cats is matched only by their dedication to protecting them. As co-founders of the National Geographic Big Cats Initiative, they’ve started one of the most successful and results-based conservation projects around.

Now, as part of Big Cat Week on Nat Geo Wild you can meet the Jouberts online. On December 3 at 1pm ET, join Dereck, Beverly, and other big cat experts for a live video chat via Google+ Hangouts and ask your questions about watching, photographing, protecting, and living with big cats in the wild.

Now take a moment to just enjoy some of Beverly’s big cat splendor before getting the rest of the details below …

This world is big enough for the two of them, but only if we give them the space and protections they need. (Photo by Beverly Joubert/National Geographic Creative)
Lions and elephants. This world is big enough for the two of them, but only if we give them the space and protections they need. (Photo by Beverly Joubert/National Geographic Creative)
Incredible patience has allowed the Jouberts to witness moments few would even think ever occur. Here a young lion's growing strength is still no match for a leopard tortoise shell. (Photo by Beverly Joubert/National Geographic Creative)
Incredible patience has allowed the Jouberts to witness moments few would even think ever occur. Here a young lion’s growing strength is still no match for a leopard tortoise’s shell. (Photo by Beverly Joubert/National Geographic Creative)
Some day a nip like that could help this lion take down an elephant. For now, it's just some good-hearted fun.  (Photo by Beverly Joubert/National Geographic Creative)
Some day a nip like that could help this lion take down an elephant. For now, it’s just some good-hearted fun. (Photo by Beverly Joubert/National Geographic Creative)

How to Participate in the Hangout

You can help us Cause an Uproar and answer your burning questions about big cats and their world by taking part in our Google+ Hangout. Send in your questions for these National Geographic Explorers and they may be asked on air. Submit your questions by posting a question on Google+ or Twitter with hashtag #bigcats or commenting directly on this blog post.

Follow National Geographic on Google+ or return to this blog post to watch the Google+ Hangout Wednesday, December 3rd at 1 p.m. EST (6 p.m. UTC).

To the mother, washing the ears is simply necessary. To the offspring, it appears to be unwelcome but accepted. Seem familiar? (Photo by Beverly Joubert/National Geographic Creative)
To the mother, washing the ears is simply necessary. To the offspring, it appears to be unwelcome but accepted. Seem familiar? (Photo by Beverly Joubert/National Geographic Creative)

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Comments

  1. Barbara Dunn
    Naples, Florida
    November 30, 2014, 6:56 pm

    I loved your documentary about Legadema. Have you filmed any of her offspring? Also, I want to thank you for all that you do to help protect the big cats! Your work is truly inspiring. I am a big cat lover, and am grateful for what you do!!

  2. Reanne Paterson
    Pretoria, South Africa
    November 23, 2014, 6:42 pm

    Question to Dereck and Beverley: What was the most difficult scene (emotionally) to film? Which one gave you the most pleasure?

  3. Don MacIver
    South Africa
    November 23, 2014, 10:18 am

    Did you grow up on Rose Deep mine?

  4. vishnu
    tirupathi
    November 23, 2014, 7:55 am

    sir i love wildlife and nature.so i have decided to step in wildlife photography. i have lot of quiries and one of them is ” what sould be the attitude of a photographer while in action with wild cats?”

  5. kafeel ahmad
    jalesar INDIA
    November 22, 2014, 6:56 am

    I Like the most wild life