Dereck and Beverly Joubert, founders of tourism conservation organization Great Plains and National Geographic explorers-in-residence have been awarded the 2021 Explorers Club Medal.
The Explorers Club Medal is the highest honour that can be bestowed by The Explorers Club, a multidisciplinary, professional society dedicated to the advancement of field research, scientific exploration, and resource conservation.
The award recognises extraordinary contributions directly in the field of exploration, scientific research, or to the welfare of humanity. As described by filmmaker James Cameron at the awards’ 2013 Annual Dinner, the Explorers Medal is the “Academy Award” for Exploration. The list of previous honorees includes many of the greatest explorers of all time, from Neil Armstrong to Sir Edmund Hillary.
Dereck and Beverly Joubert are the passionate co-founders of Great Plains, a unique conservation tourism company built around bespoke, caring, meaningful and considerate values. Together, the Jouberts have created, designed and now operate sixteen stunning owned and partner safari properties in Kenya, Botswana and Zimbabwe, along with the company’s charity, The Great Plains Foundation, which strives to preserve and protect landscapes, wildlife, and the communities which rely on them in Africa. As National Geographic filmmakers, the duo have more than 40 produced films, 12 published books and many scientific papers; Dereck and Beverly are the founders of the Big Cats Initiative, Project Ranger and their charity Great Plains Foundation.
“The finest explorers in the world over generations of adventurers have been associated with two great organisations, The Explorers Club and the National Geographic Society. So, being honoured here and being a part of both makes us so very proud, knowing that the years of hardships, injuries, failures, near deaths, cuts, bruises, broken bones, and other mishaps are being seen as just what you do in this unique ‘club’ to achieve the successes- and that is what makes an explorer I guess.” commented Dereck Joubert.
Since its inception in 1904, members of The Explorers Club have traversed the earth, the seas, the skies, and even the moon. First to the North Pole, first to the South Pole, first to the summit of Mount Everest, first to the deepest point in the ocean, and foremost to the moon’s surface – all accomplished by Explorers Club Members.
Dereck and Beverly receive their award at the 118th Explorers Club Annual Dinner on April 23rd at the Glasshouse, 660 12th Ave, in New York. Due to COVID, the 2020, 2021, and 2022 awards shall all be awarded in one gala.
The Jouberts receive their the 2021 Explorers Club Medal, alongside the 2020 Explorers Club medal for Victor Vescovo and the 2022 Explorers Club Medal for Rick Ridgeway.