Big Cats Initiative
PROTECTING BIG CATS
We partner with some of the world’s leading big cat experts, funding on-the-ground research and innovative conservation projects to safeguard big cats and their critical habitats, while leading efforts to shine a light on the challenges these species face.
Since our work began in 2009, we have made significant impact.
Grants awarded for work
in 28 countries
Reduced threats for almost 3K big cats in the wild
Livestock enclosures built, reducing human-wildlife conflict with big cats
Life-threatening snares removed from big cat habitats
Photograph by Mike Myers
About the Big Cats Initiative
Explorers-at-Large Dereck and Beverly Joubert and the National Geographic Society founded the Big Cats Initiative in 2009 as an effort to halt the decline of big cats in the wild. The Jouberts are globally known conservationists and filmmakers who have been working to help save big cats, other key wildlife species, and their habitats for over 30 years.
Since then, the National Geographic Society’s Big Cats Initiative has supported more than 80 scientists, conservationists, storytellers, and educators working to protect big cats in the wild.
With Support From
In Partnership With
National Geographic collaborates with multiple local and international NGOs, corporations, local community groups, and individuals on this effort including Endangered Wildlife Trust, Great Plains Conservation, Oxford University’s WildCRU, and others.