Women of Vision National Geographic Photographers on Assignment
Preying on Giants, 2000
Beverly JoubertBeverly Joubert

Preying on Giants, 2000

In 1981 on one of her earliest photographic outings, Joubert captured a historic event when Savute channel in Botswana dried up for the first time in 70 years. Her coverage of the devastating interactions between hippos, hyenas, crocodiles, elephants, and other animals fighting for the diminishing water supply set her career in motion. 

Drought remains a powerful force and Joubert returns to the region to witness animals mixing at precious water sources during the dry season. Here thousands of doves flock to drink, while a few bull elephants dominate. They control the water and each can drink up to 50 gallons a day. Other animals, including resident lions, must wait their turn in proximity to animals they would normally avoid.

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