Steve Winter@stevewinterphoto

NatGeo Wildlife + Conservation Photojournalist + Speaker.
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Steve Winter

@natgeo @stevewinterphoto
Circle of protection - Cheetah cubs getting as close to mom as possible - so they feel safe.
The Cheetah is the fastest land animal on earth and Africa’s most endangered cat. Cheetahs purr like house cats - which is one reason they are under threat, as the cubs are either captured or raised in captivity to be sold as pets to the very wealthy, though only one in six survive the journey to their new prison.

As with all big cats the number one reason for their decline is habitat loss, then comes human wildlife conflict where livestock owners kill predators in revenge killings if the predator kills their livestock. Finally comes the illegal wildlife trade, the pet trade is hitting cheetahs hard as is the trade in their skins and bones.

New research led by Sarah Durant and colleagues suggests there may be as few as ~7100 cheetahs left in Africa, and that if their populations are to survive, they need good protection inside national parks to offset losses in community areas where they clash with farmers!

This is a similar emotion that we as humans feel. Our animal family is so much like us - they find mates, they have kids, they have to feed themselves and their families, they feed themselves and their families in the same way we as humans used to.

If we can find a way to believe they think, feel and have emotions, maybe we can treat them better and find a way to ensure their future on this planet. They are keystone species in their ecosystems, though we as humans are not.
Follow me @stevewinterphoto

@stevewinterphoto @natgeo @nglive @ngwild #natgeowild @thephotosociety #reddigitalcinema @africanparksnetwork #ldfoundation @leonardodicapriofdn @sanctuaryasia @wildaid


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Today’s the last day to order a 8.5x11 signed print for $100+shipping, mailed in time for the Holiday. We’ll accept orders till Midnight Pacific Standard time.
Ordering is easy as...
1. Swipe through any of Holiday Sale Posts on my feed.
2. Screenshot your selects.
3. Email them and the shipping address to Swinterstudio@gmail.com
We’ll then send you a Paypal invoice and tracking number once your print ships out. Domestic shipping is $15 and International is $35.


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@natgeo photo by @stevewinterphoto
Here is a surprised 14 month old tiger in Bandhavgargh National Park
Tigers are an endangered species that need our help in a big way! There may be fewer than 3500 individuals left in the wild and scientists believe breeding populations occur in only eight countries and 40 population strongholds across Asia! My tiger work for @natgeo magazine over the past 20 years has taken me to document tigers in places as wild as Kaziranga National Park in India and northern Sumatra in Indonesia and I see the same threats facing this iconic species: poaching, deforestation and an increasing body part trade in China! When the demand for wild and captive tiger parts stops so too will the poaching of this beautiful cat! #wildaid “when the buying stops the killing can too"

We need to unite in saving this iconic big cat that is an ambassador of wild places and human cultures! Tigers are also the most important apex predators in forests across Eurasia and when you lose them from a forest, deer and pig numbers can increase and the forest loses an important ecosystem engineer!
@natgeo @natgeocreative @nglive @africanparksnetwork #tiger #beauty #bigcat #lookingfortigers @leonardodicapriofdn #tigerday #worldtigerday #startwith1thing @wildaid #wildaid #worldtigerday @sanactuaryasia @AfricanParksNetwork


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@natgeo photo by @stevewinterphoto - 2 lion cubs relaxing.
Just 100 years ago there may have been as many as 500,000 lions which roamed the African continent but today there it is estimated that as few as 16,000 - 30,000 remain, and research by lion biologist Hans Bauer and colleagues suggests lions in much of west, east and central Africa will decline by 50% in the next two decades if something dramatic is not done! The biggest threats facing lions in Africa are poaching of their prey and retaliatory killings by farmers when lions eat their cattle! There is also an emerging threat of lions being used in Chinese medicine as tigers become rarer. @wildaid "When the buying stops the killing can too”

Poisonings and poaching are the main threats to lions across their East African range. Most lion populations in East, Central and West Africa are declining so the time to act is now. Their long-term future remains in question: they are threatened by habitat loss and fragmentation, lack of prey, unsustainable hunting and now poaching for their skins, bones, claws and other body parts. But projects like these show how with determination, political will, community support, and simply envisioning a better future, we can bring this species back as well as protect our last wild landscapes, benefiting both wildlife and people, and creating a better existence for all. To learn more about inspiring conservation stories from across Africa, please follow @AfricanParksNetwork

#follow me @stevewinterphoto to see more images and Thanks!! @stevewinterphoto @natgeo @natgeochannel @natgeowild @thephotosociety @africanparksnetwork #lion #lionstrong #livingwithlions #bigcatsforlife #startwith1thing @leonardodicapriofdn


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@natgeo @stevewinterphoto
Happy International Cheetah Day!!!!!!!!!
The Cheetah is the fastest land animal on earth and Africa’s most endangered cat. Cheetahs purr like house cats - which is one reason they are under threat, as the cubs are either captured or raised in captivity to be sold as pets to the very wealthy, though only one in six survive the journey to their new prison.

As with all big cats the number one reason for their decline is habitat loss, then comes human wildlife conflict where livestock owners kill predators in revenge killings if the predator kills their livestock. Finally comes the illegal wildlife trade, the pet trade is hitting cheetahs hard as is the trade in their skins and bones.

New research led by Sarah Durant and colleagues suggests there may be as few as ~7100 cheetahs left in Africa, and that if their populations are to survive, they need good protection inside national parks to offset losses in community areas where they clash with farmers!

This is a similar emotion that we as humans feel. Our animal family is so much like us - they find mates, they have kids, they have to feed themselves and their families, they feed themselves and their families in the same way we as humans used to.

If we can find a way to believe they think, feel and have emotions, maybe we can treat them better and find a way to ensure their future on this planet. They are keystone species in their ecosystems, though we as humans are not.
Follow me @stevewinterphoto

@stevewinterphoto @natgeo @nglive @ngwild #natgeowild @thephotosociety #reddigitalcinema @africanparksnetwork #ldfoundation @leonardodicapriofdn @sanctuaryasia

#internationalcheetahday


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My print sale comes to an end this Friday, so visit my feed and swipe through any of the Holiday Sale post. There are 12 images available and post are limited to 10, so check them all out! Signed 8.5x11 Archival prints are $100 each plus + $15 for domestic shipping (US) and $35 for international.
Ordering is easy as...
1. Swipe through any of Holiday Sale Posts on my feed.
2. Screenshot your selects.
3. Email them and the shipping address to Swinterstudio@gmail.com
We’ll then send you a Paypal invoice and tracking number once your print ships out.
Other sizes/prices available upon request. 
Print sale will run until Dec. 7th and all prints will ship by Dec. 15th.


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@natgeo @stevewinterphoto
The Cheetah is the fastest land animal on earth and Africa’s most endangered cat. Cheetahs purr like house cats - which is one reason they are under threat, as the cubs are either captured or raised in captivity to be sold as pets to the very wealthy, though only one in six survive the journey to their new prison.

As with all big cats the number one reason for their decline is habitat loss, then comes human wildlife conflict where livestock owners kill predators in revenge killings if the predator kills their livestock. Finally comes the illegal wildlife trade, the pet trade is hitting cheetahs hard as is the trade in their skins and bones.

New research led by Sarah Durant and colleagues suggests there may be as few as ~7100 cheetahs left in Africa, and that if their populations are to survive, they need good protection inside national parks to offset losses in community areas where they clash with farmers!

This is a similar emotion that we as humans feel. Our animal family is so much like us - they find mates, they have kids, they have to feed themselves and their families, they feed themselves and their families in the same way we as humans used to.

If we can find a way to believe they think, feel and have emotions, maybe we can treat them better and find a way to ensure their future on this planet. They are keystone species in their ecosystems, though we as humans are not.
Follow me @stevewinterphoto

@stevewinterphoto @natgeo @nglive @ngwild #natgeowild @thephotosociety #reddigitalcinema @africanparksnetwork #ldfoundation @leonardodicapriofdn @sanctuaryasia


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I’ve added a new image to my Holiday Print Sale which is still happening. These 8.5x11 prints are $100+shipping($15 US/ $35 international), signed and shipped in time for Xmas.
Ordering is easy as...
1. Swipe through any of Holiday Sale Posts on my feed.
2. Screenshot your selects.
3. Email them and the shipping address to Swinterstudio@gmail.com
We’ll then send you a Paypal invoice and tracking number once your print ships out.
We’ll take orders through Dec 7th.
*Update* Prints will be printed on 8.5x11 archival paper, and 8x10 previously mentioned.

#bigcats #wildlifephotography #wildlife #photocollector #printsale
#photography #art #holidaygiftguide


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@stevewinterphoto @natgeo - 2 lions coming down the tree at dusk to hunt
30 November 2018 is when #bigcatweekend kicks off in the USA! Please tune in to @natgeowild at 10PM on 2nd December to see our new show “Tree-Climbing Lions”. It tracks my adventures looking for incredible lions with @alexbraczkowski and @luke_ochse in southwestern Uganda. We’ll show you some incredible footage of lions balancing from the branches of 40 foot tall fig trees, wedged in the branches of cactus-like euphorbias and even hunting warthogs Africa’s lions are in a state of decline across the majority of areas where they live. This is a unique story which tracks the lives of a unique population of lions with a culture of tree-climbing. It shows their behavior, their precarious existence in an increasingly human-dominated landscape and their conflict with cattle farmers. @natgeowild @natgeo


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@natgeo photo by @stevewinterphoto

Today is International Jaguar Day!! Here is a long sought after image of a mom and her cubs. Shot for the Dec 2017 @natgeo Jaguar story.

The decision to celebrate International Jaguar Day reflects a growing recognition of the importance of the jaguar as an icon for sustainable development in the Americas, and the health of our planet. The jaguar also lives in one of the most important forests on our planet - the Amazon. Forests around the world provide about 50% of the oxygen we need to breathe and pull carbon from the atmosphere.
Our animal family is so much like us - they find mates, they have kids, they have to feed themselves and their families. If we can find a way to believe they think, feel and have emotions we will all be better humans. We need to treat them better and find a way to ensure their future on this planet. They are keystone species in their ecosystems, though we as humans are not.

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 people who think they receive the “power of the jaguar through their teeth”, Chinese Traditional Medicine and now Luxury items from endangered species. “When the buying stops, the killing can too.” @wildaid
Follow me @stevewinterphoto to see more images and THANKS!

@stevewinterphoto @natgeo @nglive #nglive @natgeochannel @natgeowild @thephotosociety @africanparksnetwork @jaguar #jaguar @pantanalsafaris #naturalworldsafaris #JaguarDay #DíadelJaguar #Jaguar2030 #unep


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Just a reminder the Holiday Print Sale is still happening. Signed 8.5x11 prints are $100+shipping($15 US/ $35 international).
Ordering is easy as...
1. Swipe through the Holiday Sale Posts on my feed.
2. Screenshot your selects.
3. Email them and the shipping address to Swinterstudio@gmail.com
We’ll then send you a Paypal invoice and tracking number once your print ships out. **Update**Prints will be printed on 8.5x11 archival paper, and not 8x10 as listed on the photo.

#bigcats #wildlifephotography #wildlife #photocollector #printsale
#photography #art #holidaygiftguide


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@stevewinterphoto @natgeo - Scientists trying to call in an injured lioness using animal calls at dusk in QE NP Uganda.
30 November 2018 is when #bigcatweekend kicks off in the USA! Please tune in to @natgeowild on the eve of the 2nd December to see our new show “Tree-Climbing Lions”. It tracks adventures looking for incredible lions with @alexbraczkowski and @luke_ochse in southwestern Uganda. We’ll show you some incredible footage of lions balancing from the branches of 40 foot tall fig trees, wedged in the branches of cactus-like euphorbias and even hunting warthogs Africa’s lions are in a state of decline across the majority of areas where they live. This is a unique story which tracks the lives of a unique population of lions with a culture of tree-climbing. It shows their behavior, their precarious existence in an increasingly human-dominated landscape and their conflict with cattle farmers. @natgeowild @natgeo


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