Steve Winter@stevewinterphoto

NatGeo Wildlife + Conservation Photojournalist + Speaker Twitter: @swfoto/ 📍USA www.stevewinterphoto.com/ Next story out Nov. 15th in @NatGeo Magazine

http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/wild/big-cat-week/episodes/jaguar-vs-croc/

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@natgeo photo by @stevewinterphoto
Scarface gets breakfast, lunch and dinner! After 4 days of swimming and walking the aisles of his supermarket - the rivers and riverbanks of the Pantanal of Brazil he STEPS on a caiman - disappears underwater and explodes upwards out of the water and up the riverbank.
Please join me for a very special Facebook Live event at 12 o’clock noon Tuesday Dec 19th (tomorrow) with Panthera Chief Scientist Dr. Alan Rabinowitz.
Go to the Panthera Facebook page to join in the conversation!

My photos are in the December issue of National Geographic Magazine in the feature story “The Shrinking Kingdom of the Jaguar” capture the beauty, might, and tenacity of jaguars in Brazil’s Pantanal region, where Panthera has helped restore a jaguar stronghold. Nat Geo Wild is airing an associated television special, “Jaguar vs. Croc,” during Big Cat Week.
Alan and Steve will talk about the science, the culture, and the mystique of jaguars, as well as the threats facing them and what we need to do to protect them. Panthera jaguar biologist Allison Devlin, who has studied the Pantanal jaguars extensively and knows very well the intriguing “characters” Steve photographed for the story, will moderate the discussion.

Check out the National Geographic story at http://on.natgeo.com/2iYCe86.
Watch a clip of "Jaguar vs. Croc" at http://on.natgeo.com/2za6Xaq.
All Nat Geo Wild Big Cat Week specials can be viewed on-demand and on the Nat Geo TV app (Apple TV, Roku, iOS phones and tablets, and Android phones). Join the Journey of the Jaguar, Panthera's three-year quest to travel the length of the Jaguar Corridor and ensure its long-term integrity for the preservation of the species at journeyofthejaguar.org.

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@natgeo photo for Jaguar Story Dec 2017 Nat Geo Mag by @stevewinterphoto
Two 16 month old Jaguar Cubs feeding on a cow, which their mom killed on @refugioecologicocaiman.
A ecotourism project on a ranch allows jaguars to feed on the cattle and get accustom to safari vehicles, in a part of the southern Pantanal that is not a flooded area like the north.
My @natgeo jaguar story is out this month!! Check it out!
Local people need to benefit from living with predators - and not from killing them and selling their parts - a sustainable future includes people living with wildlife - and an intact healthy ecosystem. I learned from a Panthera biologist, Fernando Tortato writing in a new paper he published this year - that in Jaguar territory in the Pantanal of Brazil a cow is worth $2000 in its lifetime - where each jaguar in this area brings in $108,000 A YEAR in ECOTOURISM income!!!! So jaguars are safe within this area. Think of all the family members in an area that work in ecotourism to show tourists the jaguars, birds and other wildlife of the area. They work in the lodges - drive the boats - guide the tourists etc.
But in some parts of its range in South America poaching of jaguars is rampant again - like is was back in the 1960’s and 70’s. We need to get the story out in the press and hopefully Governments will be forced by their citizens to act. There is a loophole in the law that if it is a "cattle killing jaguar"- you cannot make a rancher suffer losses and you can kill the cat. But I found in areas with minimal cattle - all the skins I was shown were called cattle killers. A earlier project by Sandra Cavalcanti showed only 1% of cattle deaths could be attributed to jaguars - so killing them all for their parts is wrong AND illegal.
If you save the top predator in any ecosystem you save everything under it. “When the buying stops, the killing can too.” @wildaid
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@natgeo photo by @stevewinterphoto
Here is Scarface with his 1st caiman!
WATCH Tonight @ 8pm @natgeowild Big Cat Week show filmed with @bertiegregory.
My @natgeo jaguar story is out in the December issue of National Geographic Magazine!
Scarface spent 4 days swimming and walking the aisles of his supermarket - the Pantanal rivers! - looking for a caiman dinner! Nature does not let you pick things off the shelves - you need to work very hard for your food! Nature is perfection. It gives us the air we breathe and the water we all need for our life.

Jaguars are the 3rd largest of the big cats. Found from US / Mexico border to northern Argentina. Jaguars have rebounded in this area where 95% of the land is privately owned. In the past many ranchers would kill the cats when they ate their cattle. Today in this area tourism brings in much more money to the local economy than cattle ranching. So the jaguar population is increasing. But revenge killings of jaguars happen close to this area and all throughout the jaguars range. Also poaching for skins, bones and teeth is growing for the first time since the 1970’s to feed the demand for Asian Traditional Medicine and luxury items from endangered species. “When the buying stops, the killing can too.” @wildaid
We Save Big Cats we can help Save Ourselves.

@stevewinterphoto @natgeo @nglive #nglive @natgeochannel @natgeowild @thephotosociety @natgeocreative #bigcatsintiative @africanparksnetwork @bertiegregory @pantanalsafaris @reddigitalcinema #reddigitalcinema @CanonUSA @pantheracats


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@natgeo photo by @stevewinterphoto
Here is Scarface with his 2nd caiman!
WATCH Thursday @ 8pm @natgeowild Jaguars vs Crocs Big Cat Week show filmed with @bertiegregory.
My @natgeo jaguar story is out in the December issue of National Geographic Magazine!
Hunting on the river is like walking down the aisle in the supermarket - but one that does not let you pick things off the shelves - you need to work very hard for your food! Nature is perfection. It gives us the air we breathe and the water we all need for our life.

Jaguars are the 3rd largest of the big cats. Found from US / Mexico border to northern Argentina. Jaguars have rebounded in this area where 95% of the land is privately owned. In the past many ranchers would kill the cats when they ate their cattle. Today in this area tourism brings in much more money to the local economy than cattle ranching. So the jaguar population is increasing. But revenge killings of jaguars happen close to this area and all throughout the jaguars range. Also poaching for skins, bones and teeth is growing for the first time since the 1970’s to feed the demand for Asian Traditional Medicine and luxury items from endangered species. “When the buying stops, the killing can too.” @wildaid
We Save Big Cats we can help Save Ourselves.

@stevewinterphoto @natgeo @nglive #nglive @natgeochannel @natgeowild @thephotosociety @natgeocreative #bigcatsintiative @africanparksnetwork @bertiegregory @pantanalsafaris @reddigitalcinema #reddigitalcinema @CanonUSA @pantheracats


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Alright folks, we're down to the last few hours of the print sale and we're keeping the selection open. We'll take orders till 12am PST.
The process is easy.
1. Scroll through my Instagram account here (@SteveWinterPhoto)
2. ***Take a screenshot of the photo you like.
3. Email it and the shipping address to swinterstudio@gmail.com
We'll then send you a PayPal invoice for $100+ Shipping, and mail your print in time for the holiday. ***Some exclusions apply.*** Each signed 8” x 10" print is $100 + $15 for domestic shipping (US) and International orders have gone up to $60. We'll send a tracking number once your print ships out.A portion of funds will go towards Wild Voices Media to fund underreported conservation and environmental stories and projects.

And if you missed yesterday's Jag Vs Croc show on @NatGeoWild catch it again this Thursday 12/14 at 8pm EST. Check out the link in my bio for clips and showtime details.
@wildaid #printsale #wildlifephotography #holidaygift #xmasgifts #stockingstuffers
@natgeochannel @natgeowild @thephotosociety @natgeocreative @pantheracats @africanparksnetwork @pantanalsafaris #CanonUSA @CanonUSA #reddigitalcinema @africanparksnetwork @sanctuaryasia @reddigitalcinema


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@natgeo photo by @stevewinterphoto
WATCH TONIGHT!!!!! @9pm for our @natgeowild Big Cat Week show filmed with @bertiegregory.

My @natgeo jaguar story is out in the December issue of National Geographic Magazine! and WATCH today @9pm for our @natgeowild Big Cat Week show filmed with @bertiegregory.
Here is a female swimming from one side of the river to the other in search of food - like walking down another aisle in the supermarket - but one that does not let you pick things off the shelves - you need to work very hard for your food! Nature is perfection. It gives us the air we breathe and the water we all need for our life.

Jaguars are the 3rd largest of the big cats. Found from US / Mexico border to northern Argentina. Jaguars have rebounded in this area where 95% of the land is privately owned. In the past many ranchers would kill the cats when they ate their cattle. Today in this area tourism brings in much more money to the local economy than cattle ranching. So the jaguar population is increasing. But revenge killings of jaguars happen close to this area and all throughout the jaguars range. Also poaching for skins, bones and teeth is growing for the first time since the 1970’s to feed the demand for Asian Traditional Medicine and luxury items from endangered species. “When the buying stops, the killing can too.” @wildaid
We Save Big Cats we can help Save Ourselves.

@stevewinterphoto @natgeo @nglive #nglive @natgeochannel @natgeowild @thephotosociety @natgeocreative #bigcatsintiative @africanparksnetwork @bertiegregory @pantanalsafaris @reddigitalcinema #reddigitalcinema @CanonUSA @pantheracats


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@natgeo photo by @stevewinterphoto

WATCH TONIGHT!!!!! @9pm for our @natgeowild Big Cat Week show filmed with @bertiegregory.

I love seeing Scarface flying through the water in one of his spectacular failures - trying to get food from his supermarket - the Pantanal.
Jaguars have a tough life trying to find food in their watery restaurant - they may want caiman for dinner but it may take them days and many spectacular failures before they are successful. Nature is perfection. It gives us the air we breathe and the water we all need for our life.
My @natgeo jaguar story come out next week in the December issue of National Geographic Magazine! and WATCH on Dec 10th @9pm for our @ngwild Big Cat Week show filmed with @bertiegregory.

Jaguars are the 3rd largest of the big cats. Found from US / Mexico border to northern Argentina. Jaguars have rebounded in this area where 95% of the land is privately owned. In the past many ranchers would kill the cats when they ate their cattle. Today in this area tourism brings in much more money to the local economy than cattle ranching. So the jaguar population is increasing. But revenge killings of jaguars happen close to this area and all throughout the jaguars range. Also poaching for skins, bones and teeth is growing for the first time since the 1970’s to feed the demand for Asian Traditional Medicine and luxury items from endangered species. “When the buying stops, the killing can too.” @wildaid
Forests provide us with up to 50% of the oxygen we breathe - oceans the rest. They give us 75% of the fresh water.
If we can save the forest of the Amazon and other areas in Central and South America for the JAGUAR and Puma. The forests of Central Africa for the leopard, lion, elephants etc. And the forests of South Asia for the Tigers and Leopards. If you save the top predator in any ecosystem you save everything that lives with them.
So if - We Save Big Cats we can help save ourselves!

#follow me @stevewinterphoto to see more images from my work with @natgeo and Thanks!! @stevewinterphoto @natgeo @nglive #nglive @natgeochannel @natgeowild @reddigitalcinema #reddigitalcinema


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Hey folks. Today is the 1st day of @natgeowild Big Cat week and they are starting the week of by airing my special,filmed with @bertiegregory, "Jaguar vs Croc" tonight at 9 ET. Click the link in my bio for all the details.
ALSO! We're down to the last couple days of my Holiday Print Sale and I've decided to open up the selection again today only!
The process is easy.
1. Scroll through my Instagram account here (@SteveWinterPhoto)
2. *Take a screenshot of the photo you like.
3. Email it and the shipping address to swinterstudio@gmail.com
We'll then send you a PayPal invoice for $100+ shipping and a tracking number once your print ships out. *Some exclusions apply.

Each signed 8” x 10" print is $100 + $15 for domestic shipping (US) and International orders have gone up to $60.
And like last year, a portion of funds will go towards Wild Voices Media to fund underreported conservation and environmental stories and projects. Last year’s sale funded the Aleppo Zoo rescue story Sharon Guynup and I covered.


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@natgeo photo by @stevewinterphoto

Chiribiquete was “discovered” for our civilization about 30 years ago, and since then, there have been only two sets of scientific research expeditions. We were granted permission by the Colombian Park System to accompany @fundacion_herencia in the last expedition. This is one of the last untouched places on Earth, and we want to keep it that way, especially considering that it is a sacred place where uncontacted tribes, sacred ritual practices and the natural evolution processes thrive. Let´s keep Chiribiquete intact by keeping ourselves out. We can all help protect this place by pledging not to go there; BECOME A CHIRIBIQUETE GUARDIAN at www.parquesnacionales.gov.co and support @parquescolombia in their decision to close the park to visitors. @fundacion_herencia @parquescolombia @natgeo @stevewinterphoto @bertiegregory


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@natgeo photo by @stevewinterphoto
After 3 weeks of following Scarface we finally saw out first kill!!! WOW AMAZING - the power of the jaguar is mind blowing. All day long we follow him as he walks the riverbank or swims for hours searching for caiman - his #1 food source or capybara his #2 food source - the world’s largest rodent.

Nature is perfection. It gives us the air we breathe and the water we all need for our life.
My @natgeo jaguar story is out in the December issue of National Geographic Magazine! and WATCH on Dec 10th @9pm for our @natgeowild Big Cat Week show filmed with @bertiegregory.

Jaguars are the 3rd largest of the big cats. Found from US / Mexico border to northern Argentina. Jaguars have rebounded in this area where 95% of the land is privately owned. In the past many ranchers would kill the cats when they ate their cattle. Today in this area tourism brings in much more money to the local economy than cattle ranching. So the jaguar population is increasing. But revenge killings of jaguars happen close to this area and all throughout the jaguars range. Also poaching for skins, bones and teeth is growing for the first time since the 1970’s to feed the demand for Asian Traditional Medicine and luxury items from endangered species. “When the buying stops, the killing can too.” @wildaid
Forests provide us with up to 50% of the oxygen we breathe - oceans the rest. They give us 75% of the fresh water.
If we can save the forest of the Amazon and other areas in Central and South America for the JAGUAR and Puma. The forests of Central Africa for the leopard, lion, elephants etc. And the forests of South Asia for the Tigers and Leopards. If you save the top predator in any ecosystem you save everything that lives with them.
So if - We Save Big Cats we can help Save Ourselves.

@stevewinterphoto @natgeo @natgeochannel @natgeowild @thephotosociety @natgeocreative #bigcatsintiative @africanparksnetwork @jaguar #jaguar @bertiegregory @pantanalsafaris #CanonUSA @CanonUSA #reddigitalcinema @sanctuaryasia @reddigitalcinema


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A reminder the Holiday Print Sale is still happening, AND today only we're opening up the selection so you can pick your own print!
Follow these steps to purchase a print:
1. Scroll through my Instagram account here (@SteveWinterPhoto)
2. *Take a screenshot of the photo you like.
3. Email it and the shipping address to swinterstudio@gmail.com.
We'll then send you a PayPal invoice and a tracking number once your print ships out. *Some exclusions apply.

Also,today is the last day for international orders at the shipping rate of $35, so get your orders in. Shipping prices will go up after today for international orders.
Each signed 8” x 10" print is $100 + $15 for domestic shipping (US) and $35 for international.We'll then send you a PayPal invoice and a tracking number once your print ships out.
Like last year, a portion of funds will go towards Wild Voices Media to fund underreported conservation and environmental stories and projects. Last year’s sale funded the Aleppo Zoo rescue story Sharon Guynup and I covered. (Story link in my bio). And while on the subject of stories, check out my most recent work on #jaguars in the# December issue of @NatGeo magazine! Stay tuned here for more outtakes from that story and check out @bertiegregory who is posting video clips from our upcoming @NatGeowild Big Cat Week show which premiers on Dec 10th @ 9PM.

@wildaid #printsale #wildlifephotography #holidaygift #xmasgifts #stockingstuffers
@natgeochannel @natgeowild @thephotosociety @natgeocreative @pantheracats @africanparksnetwork @pantanalsafaris #CanonUSA @CanonUSA #reddigitalcinema @africanparksnetwork @sanctuaryasia @reddigitalcinema


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@natgeo photo by @stevewinterphoto for the Dec. 2017 @natgeo Jaguar story
WATCH our Jaguar film with the amazing @bertiegregory on Sunday night Dec 10th @9pm on Nat Geo Wild - premier of Big Cat Week!!!!!!! Throughout my career I have been searching for a cultural connection between local indigenous people and big cats. I found it by speaking with Carlos Castano-Uribe and his wife Cristal Ange Jaramillo of @fundacion_herencia. In 1989 when Carlos was director of Colombia National Parks he created Chiribiquete National Park. One of the wildest places left on the planet and of immense cultural significance that boggle’s the mind and changes our perception of our human history in the Western Hemisphere. Difficulty of access to this place has preserved almost intact ecosystems that house a variety of biological wealth. I was able to visit the park with Carlos, Cristal and the who’s who of Colombian natural history scientists and @bertiegregory. Painted on the walls of the tepuis - (mountains that come out of the jungle floor with steep vertical sides) are ancient paintings done by Jaguar Shamans, thought to be 20,000 years old. Paintings that are 100 meters long up to 10 meters high depicting jaguars. Any animal that has it’s mouth open is a jag - jaguar warriors and shamans and a myriad other species. It is the most incredible place I have seen in my recent explorations - it literally brought me to tears in the helicopter. All art is about emotion - and the paintings and nature itself is artistic perfection. A Huge thank you to Carlos and Cristal for allowing us access in this sacred and magical place.
BUT the park is under threat mining and logging — and needs to be protected - as the rainforest has not been explored or studied - and there are the central parts of the tepuis which none but birds or flying insects can leave - so they are unknown species - amazing. Thanks to Julia and everyone at Colombian National Parks for all their assistance.
Protect Chiribiquete National Park and all the rainforest, animals and people’s that live within.
It is THE unknown jewel of the world’s natural history.

@fundacion_herencia @canonusa @natgeowild @reddigitalcinema


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