The 25 Most Adventurous Women of the Past 25 Years

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Beverly Joubert
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Beverly Joubert

Award-winning conservation filmmaker and photographer Beverly Joubert has devoted her life to protecting wildlife — so much so that she is currently recovering from being attacked by a charging buffalo in the Okavango Delta on March 3, 2017, which was World Wildlife Day. She is in stable condition.

She and her husband, Dereck, who was also attacked, are at the front lines of protecting the world's largest predators. In 2009 Joubert started the Big Cat Initiative, a long-term effort to protect big cats and the ecosystems they inhabit. Their 2011 film The Last Lions reached more than 350 million people worldwide. Joubert’s photography has appeared in more than 100 publications.

The South African couple will devote years to a single story and live most of their days in the African bush tracking specific animals. For example, their 2006 film, Eye of the Leopard, took five years to make and followed one leopard cub from eight days old until adulthood. The result: never-seen-before moments that capture the hearts of people around the world.

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