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Jouberts Film World's 'Last Lions' to Expose Peril of Big Cats
Her name is Ma di Tau, a lioness on the African savannah, and it has been weeks since an invading pride mortally wounded her mate. After ending the head lion's long reign, the rest of the pride has been hunting Ma di Tau's cubs to try to wipe out his bloodline.
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These are just some of the incredible moments award winning filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert captured on camera for their latest documentary, "The Last Lions," which is slated for release in January 2012. It not only includes some of the most spectacular wildlife footage ever filmed, but also a fascinating love story that the audience never sees: the one behind the camera. ET.
The Jouberts are big cat conservationists and partners in every conceivable way. Almost every day for the past 30 years, these high school sweethearts have been alone together in the wild.
"The longest we went without seeing anyone at all is 270 days, I think," Dereck Joubert said.
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At the lionsofficialauthentic.com/Nevin_Lawson_Jersey_Lions break of dawn every day, the couple loads up their four wheel drive office and takes the swampy commute across the Okavanga Delta in search of clues that will lead them to lions. Along the way, they pass monitor lizards, and move around yawning hippos and adorable baby elephants.
After spending decades on the African savannah, the two have learned that every bird call has meaning and every moving shadow makes sense. They work with the quiet patience needed to capture Ma di Tao and her cubs on the run from the rival pride and dodging hungry crocodiles.
"Nightline" was invited along on the couple's travels through Botswana, following Ma di Tao as she was forced to swim after cape buffalo and escaped some of the world's most muscular lions. To the Jouberts, each of these animals has a soul and a name.
"I think, too often, people see lions as these ferocious beasts, whereas here they realize that they, too, have struggles," Beverly Joubert said. "It really is the story of a working mother."
Every image the Jouberts' capture is intended to create a global uproar, because the animals they are filming are, quite literally, the last lions. When the Jouberts were born, they said, there were 450,000 lions in Africa. Now, they said, there are less than 20,000. Each year, 600 lion hunting licenses are sold in Africa and 556 of them go to America.
"We think that these wild lions will be extinct within 10 or 15 years, that's the number," Dereck Joubert said.
The Jouberts believe it is vital to change people's thinking about how important it is to protect lions, and that shooting the last of the 20,000 left would be a grave tragedy.
"We have to turn safari hunting into a sport that is purely taking a camera and seeing what you can capture, because if we don't, the images that we have are going to be the last of the species," Beverly Joubert said.
With no children of their own, the Jouberts said the animals they follow and capture on film are their children.
"As we started exploring, we realized that we wouldn't be able to do it with kids, so Travis Swanson Lions Jersey you might say it was a selfish decision but, actually, I don't regret it," Beverly Joubert said. "I think we've been able to dedicate our lives to what we truly believe in, what we're truly passionate in. And as we see the decline of all the animals in Africa, we can actually fight harder, just being the two of us."
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Buffalo Bills coach had never heard of Toronto mayor Rob Ford and his exploits
How closeted a life do NFL coaches live? How ridiculously long are the hours they work?
Here Packers Demetri Goodson Jersey your ultimate proof.
On Wednesday, four days before the Buffalo Bills play the Atlanta Falcons in Bills in Toronto VI, head coach Doug Marrone was asked what he, as a family man, thinks of the kind of example Rob Ford presents.
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Well, he admitted to smoking crack.
Well I hope that he can find a way to better himself. Last time I checked that illegal, so hopefully he can find a way to help himself.
say that for anyone, you don have to be the mayor, you could be a guy who is down the street. There are a lot of issues and a lot of challenges in life and I hope that people turn themselves to get help if Corey Linsley Authentic Jersey they think they have a problem. seriously, coach. You hadn heard about Ford and his outrageous comments and actions over the past month?
I always find it funny because people will ask me what going on and I be like, Someone will ask me a question and I turn around to (PR chief) Scott (Berchtold) and go, were they going with that question? He like, you haven heard, and I really don think it very difficult because like I said before, if I want to escape football, I escape it in a novel. I call it a novel, my wife calls it fiction. I do that, but honestly we really don have a lot of time for anything else. defensive tackle Stefan Charles, who grew up in east end Toronto, did know of Ford.
The Bills signed Charles in the last week of October, off the Tennessee Titans practice squad. His Bills teammates have ribbed him about Toronto bombastic leader.
Tennessee, too, Charles said. always just laugh at that. But if he doing his job and things are running well, I guess you can knock him too much. I don know what he doing after hours, but it is what it is. WANT BETTER TIMING
Bills in Toronto VI is taking place this year just a week after the Grey Cup. Thanksgiving weekend. Thanksgiving, as this year. Sometimes the two fall on the same weekend, as next year.
Still, it would probably help the Bills in Toronto series if the game were played on, or about, the same weekend every year.
The Bills agree.
are not in charge of the schedule at all; the NFL is in charge of the schedule, and we understand that, and Rogers understands that, Mary Owen, Bills executive vice president of strategic planning, said in a telephone interview on Wednesday.
we are trying to have consistency in the game weekend going forward. So as much as possible we like to have it the same time each year.
we don want to step on the Grey Cup in any way, and we want to be deferential to the CFL in their schedule. has been the Bills point person on the series since it began in 2008. She and her counterpart at Rogers Media Inc., series executive director Greg Albrecht, are pleased with ticket sales in light of the disastrous first few years of the Bills in Toronto series, when tickets were overpriced and Rogers, as a result, flooded downtown Toronto with freebies to artificially fill up the place.
Since last year, tickets are substantially cheaper most are under $100 and no more comps are given out.
think officialpackersnflproshop.com/Corey_Linsley_Jersey_Packers getting the pricing right was very important, Owen said. had a lot to overcome last year, when we basically had to retrain the market and right size the pricing and say, look, we know you love the NFL, come out and watch the game.
watching all those people show up having paid for their ticket was very comforting for us to understand that there really is that demand for the NFL in And again this year we seen (such a demand). So we will have a full building of people who want to be there, and paid to be there. reports earlier this week about a potential future ownership group including rocker Jon Bon Jovi and executives of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, Owen politely declined to comment.
And who can blame her. She the niece of 95 year old Bills owner Ralph Wilson, and all future ownership speculation has a callous tinge to it, as it pre supposes his death.
But asked whether the franchise future ownership creates confusion in Toronto with regard to this series, Owen said: doing the best job we can to continue to regionalize the franchise, into both Rochester and Southern Ontario. We understand that there are 5 million plus people in Toronto and a million between Buffalo and Toronto and that our job is to make sure we developing that fanbase. Bills haven made the playoffs in 14 years, and the team lack of success has indeed been a large factor in the tough sell in the Toronto market for these annual Bills games, Owen said. But that is changing.
lot of our fans from Southern Ontario remember Jim (Kelly) and Andre (Reed) and Thurman (Thomas), and obviously Doug Flutie in the late when the team was winning and when every single game was competitive, and we had star power.
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