TOMS Animal Initiative Founder Puts Her Foot Down for Big Cats

I had the honor of fulfilling a lifelong dream of traveling to Botswana to meet National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence, Beverly and Dereck Joubert to learn more about the Big Cats Initiative. This initiave is a comprehensive program supporting on-the-ground conservation projects, education and a global public awareness campaign. (Photo courtesy Heather Mycoskie)

Heather Mycoskie was inspired to found the TOMS Animal Initiative when she learned that wild lions are at risk of being extinct. Through the initiative, the famously conscientious shoe company now partners with nonprofit animal conservation organizations to drive awareness and funding for global animal protection.

For the latest TOMS Animal Initiative, they are partnering with National Geographic and supporting its critical nonprofit work through the Big Cats Collection. Inspired by lions in their natural habitat, Heather is passionate to save these felines.

Here, Heather shares some favorite photos from her journey to explore Botswana with National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence, Dereck and Beverly Joubert, who founded the Big Cats Initiative with National Geographic in 2009.

I had the honor of fulfilling a lifelong dream of traveling to Botswana to meet National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence, Beverly and Dereck Joubert, to learn more about the Big Cats Initiative. This initiave is a comprehensive program supporting on-the-ground conservation projects, education and a global public awareness campaign. (Photo courtesy Heather Mycoskie)
Botswana is such a beautiful country. As the sun was rising, we were greeted by African Elephants. I quickly reminiced on our past TOMS Animal Initiative partnership with Wildlife Conservation Society and the Clinton Foundation where we partnered together to protect African Elephants. It was truly such an amazing sight to see these magestic creatures in the wild! (Photo courtesy Heather Mycoskie)
Dereck and Beverly are the big cat experts, and they shared with me all of the incredible work they are building with the Big Cats Initiative. Some of their projects include building livestock enclosures to protect endangered cats from retaliatory killing. (Photo courtesy Heather Mycoskie)
Dereck and Beverly are the big cat experts, and they shared with me all of the incredible work —> Read More

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