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Why The Jouberts Are The Most Badass Couple With The Best Job In The World

Basically my heroes.

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They've made over 30 films and are National Geographic explorers in residence.

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Their latest film, called Game of Lions, premieres on Nat Geo Wild on Dec. 1.

Dereck and Beverly met over 30 years ago in South Africa. Dereck had gone away for military training and on his return back called his friend. His friend was going on a date with Beverly. Dereck told him, "No you're not. I am."

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Dereck set up his friend with another lady. Dereck and Beverly went on a date. They have been together ever since.

The most important myth they've dismissed is that hunting serves conservation purposes.

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Shooting animals does not protect wilderness. You can read more about that here.

The Jouberts usually wake up before sunrise and spend all day in the bush following a group of lions.

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Their absolute favorite area to watch lions is in the Okavango Delta in Botswana. The Okavango Delta has the largest lions in the world.

Over the years they've perfected their tracking of animals, especially buffalo. Where there is a herd of buffalo, you'll usually find a pride of lions nearby.

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The Jouberts will wait with the buffalo for hours and hours.

All of that waiting basically makes them legitimately the chillest people ever.

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I got to spend three days with them and I couldn't believe how calm and relaxed they were.

Beverly is super into homeopathic medicine.

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She has a remedy for everything. Just a few months prior, Dereck got bitten by a deadly snake. For a week, Beverly used homeopathic treatments on the wound. Unfortunately, they weren't working too well. When they went to the hospital, doctors said Dereck's blood was nearly tar. So that didn't work, but he still made it.

I will say, she gave us these little tablets for dehydration, and they totally worked.

They've learned the importance of companionship from lions. Beverly says, "A lion alone isn't effective, just like man."

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They also admire how they communicate with each other. Lions are very social animals.

The Jouberts are also fascinated with cracking the code for making effective and moving films about lions for other cultures.

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China is the big market they're trying to crack. They say attention spans are very low there, and they need to create short, punchy films to really get their message to stick.

They see themselves as CSI investigators, piecing together little pieces of evidence. It takes them about six years to confirm a theory they have about animal behavior.

They have a new project coming out later this year called the "cat genome project."

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It's really quite brilliant. They're having people send in DNA samples of their cats and then they can determine where the cat originated from.

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