Sunday, November 08, 2009

Wildlife filmmakers focusing on endangered cats

The LA Times recently ran a story on the big cat conservation effort by two filmmakers that work extensively in Botswana's Okavango Delta. We watched several of their movies before departing for Africa. Most shockingly, they are quoted as saying that:
"We predict an extinction of lions by 2020 if nothing is done," said Beverly Joubert, who has photographed the mammals extensively."

November 7, 2009
South African wildlife photographers and authors Dereck and Beverly Joubert have worked in some of Africa's most remote areas for more than 25 years, recording the life cycles and decline of some of the continent's most iconic animals, in the process winning five Emmys, a Peabody and a Wildscreen Panda Award.

Their most recent film and book, both titled "Eye of the Leopard," record their four years living close to a wild mother leopard and her cub on a small island in Botswana's Okavango Delta.

Read the rest of the story here. Photo: LA Times.