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Why Conservation Tourism Matters

Katie Knorovsky | National Geographic   in 
March 29, 2015

First, they fell in love with each other—then with the fauna of Africa.

National Geographic explorers-in-residence Dereck and Beverly Joubert have spent the past three decades captivating audiences with their rare footage and photographs of big cats.

Now, they’re taking aim at a different kind of challenge: conservation tourism. By occupying land that might otherwise be poaching grounds, the husband-and-wife team’s Great Plains Conservation safari camps in Botswana and Kenya give lions, leopards, elephants, and other wildlife a chance at survival. At least for now.

Here’s a look at what motivates these wildlife heroes, and what they’re planning next:

Q: Why conservation? 

A: Our connection to Africa travels beyond tourism, beyond the photography we make. We cannot be at peace if we let species go extinct. Ultimately, conservation is about securing land.

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