Steve Winter@stevewinterphoto

NatGeo Wildlife + Conservation Photojournalist + Speaker Twitter: @swfoto/ 📍USA www.stevewinterphoto.com/ Next NG Live Talk: Kitchener, ON, Canada

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@stevewinterphoto photo @natgeo

I just returned from Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda working with @alexbraczkowski on a @natgeowild program on Tree Climbing Lions!!!
There are only two populations of lions in Africa which regularly climb trees and this is one of them! Lions here are thought to climb trees to escape the heat, escape tsetse flies and to see their food better from above. #follow our journey with the lions and a mission to count them on @natgeo and @natgeowild over the next few weeks! Thanks so much to Sam and Mustafa - we could not have done this without you and the UWA team!

follow me @stevewinterphoto for more images of big cats and our natural world and thanks!

@natgeo @nateowild @leonardodicapriofdn @africanparksnetwork @stevewinterphoto @reddigitalcinema #reddigitalcinema @CanonUSA @thephotosociety @natgeocreative


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@stevewinterphoto photo @natgeo

I just returned from Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda working with @alexbraczkowski on a @natgeowild program on Tree Climbing Lions!!!
There are only two populations of lions in Africa which regularly climb trees and this is one of them! Lions here are thought to climb trees to escape the heat, escape tsetse flies and to see their food better from above. #follow our journey with the lions and a mission to count them on @natgeo and @natgeowild over the next few weeks! Thanks so much to Sam and Mustafa - we could not have done this without you and the UWA team!

follow me @stevewinterphoto for more images of big cats and our natural world and thanks!

@natgeo @nateowild @leonardodicapriofdn @africanparksnetwork @stevewinterphoto @reddigitalcinema #reddigitalcinema @CanonUSA @thephotosociety @natgeocreative


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@stevewinterphoto @natgeo

I am in Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda working with @alexbraczkowski on a @natgeowild program on Tree Climbing Lions!!! There are only two populations of lions in Africa which regularly climb trees and this is one of them! Lions here are thought to climb trees 🌲 to escape the heat, escape tsetse flies and to see better from above. #follow our journey with the lions and a mission to count them on @natgeo and @natgeowild over the next few weeks!

@natgeo @natgeowild @leonardodicapriofd @africanparksnetwork


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@natgeo photo by @stevewinterphoto
This lion will be darted and transported to a boma with his 2 brothers and 2 females
I’m in South Africa documenting a lion translocation by the
@africanparksnetwork from Phinda Private Game Reserve, South Africa to
Liwonde and Majete National Parks, Malawi. This morning the reserve
team immobilised and caught two young lionesses and in this photo one
of them is being moved to a holding boma where they will stay for
about three weeks. @africanparksnetwork is working with @LionRecovery
to restore and protect African lions where they have disappeared.
@africanparksnetwork is presently managing 13 national parks in 9
countries, protecting over 7 million hectares of habitat which holds
threatened species like black rhinoceros, forest and savanna elephants
and big cats like lions and leopards! Their recent work has brought
back rhinos to Rwanda, moved #500elephants to a new home in Malawi and
impacted more than 2 million people who are benefiting from the parks
under their management.

Lions may now number between just 20 - 30 000 individuals across the
whole African continent, although reliable numbers are rare to come
by. @leonardodicapriofdn and @leonardodicaprio are funding the
@LionRecovery who are sponsoring this translocation with the Dutch
government!

#follow @AfricanParksNetwork and @stevewinerphoto as this exciting
lion range expansion project continues to unfold!

@LionRecovery @leonardodicapriofdn @andbeyondphinda
#AfricanParks #LionRecovery #Lions #bigcats
#Malawi #Majete #Liwonde


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@natgeo @stevewinterphoto

Dinner time! I saw these lion cubs chowing down while photographing a lion translocation by the
@africanparksnetwork from Phinda Private Game Reserve, South Africa to
Liwonde and Majete National Parks, Malawi. @africanparksnetwork is working together with the
@lionrecovery to restore lions to parts of Africa where they once
roamed! This is truly #goodnews as African lions are threatened by
bushmeat poaching, conflict with farmers and poorly managed trophy
hunting across much of their range. @africanparksnetwork is presently
managing 13 national parks in 9 countries, protecting over 7 million
hectares of habitat which holds threatened species like black
rhinoceros, forest and savanna elephants and big cats like lions and
leopards! Their recent work has brought back rhinos to Rwanda, moved
#500elephants to a new home in Malawi and impacted more than 2 million
people who are benefiting from the parks under their management.

@leonardodicapriofdn and @leonardodicaprio are funding the
@LionRecovery who are sponsoring this translocation with the Dutch
government!

#follow @AfricanParksNetwork and @stevewinerphoto as this exciting
lion range expansion project continues to unfold!

@LionRecovery @leonardodicapriofdn @andbeyondphinda
#AfricanParks #LionRecovery #Lions #bigcats
#Malawi #Majete #Liwonde


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Video by @alexbraczkowski and @stevewinterphoto for @africanparksnetwork
@africanparksnetwork is working to expand the range of lions in Africa with @lionrecovery Today they caught and moved 5 African lions to a temporary boma on Phinda Reserve, South Africa. In about 3 weeks these lions will be moved to Majete and Liwonde reserves in Malawi!
African lions are facing threats from poaching, habitat loss and unscrupulous trophy hunting across much of Africa. Restoration efforts like this one are key for the survival of lions over the next few decades as they may number as few as 20 000 individuals.

Follow @stevewinterphoto and @alexbraczkowski on the @natgeo Instagram story today (click on the National Geographic icon) to see how the lions were caught, safely immobilized and moved to their temporary home before their journey to Malawi!

@natgeo @stevewinterphoto @africanparksnetwork @alexbraczkowski @leonardodicapriofdn @leonardodicaprio #lion #conservation #wildlife #conservationphotography #bigcat #videooftheday #malawi #southafrica #phinda

Phinda Private Game Reserve
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@natgeo @stevewinterphoto

Dinner time! I’m photographing a lion translocation by the
@africanparksnetwork from Phinda Private Game Reserve, South Africa to
Liwonde and Majete National Parks, Malawi. These two lionesses are
enjoying an impala in the early morning sun. Shortly after I snapped
this photo, the Phinda reserve team immobilised and moved these two
lionesses to a boma for a few weeks before they make the flight over
to Malawi! @africanparksnetwork is working together with the
@lionrecovery to restore lions to parts of Africa where they once
roamed! This is truly #goodnews as African lions are threatened by
bushmeat poaching, conflict with farmers and poorly managed trophy
hunting across much of their range. @africanparksnetwork is presently
managing 13 national parks in 9 countries, protecting over 7 million
hectares of habitat which holds threatened species like black
rhinoceros, forest and savanna elephants and big cats like lions and
leopards! Their recent work has brought back rhinos to Rwanda, moved
#500elephants to a new home in Malawi and impacted more than 2 million
people who are benefiting from the parks under their management.

@leonardodicapriofdn and @leonardodicaprio are funding the
@LionRecovery who are sponsoring this translocation with the Dutch
government!

#follow @AfricanParksNetwork and @stevewinerphoto as this exciting
lion range expansion project continues to unfold!

@LionRecovery @leonardodicapriofdn @andbeyondphinda
#AfricanParks #LionRecovery #Lions #bigcats
#Malawi #Majete #Liwonde


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@stevewinterphoto @natgeo
On my way to Africa!! Giant river otters taunting a young female jaguar - it would be deadly for her to dive in with 6 river otters each 6 feet or 2 meters long . 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. “Stop the demand and the killing can too.” @wildaid
My first story with big cats was the 1st @natgeo Jaguar story 20 years ago! It has changed my life working with the magical and magnificent cats of the world. Animals have emotions just like we have-kids hang out and play like these 2 cubs.. 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 @thephotosociety @natgeocreative #fursforlife #BCI #bigcatsintiative #startwith1thing @projetooncafari @refugioecologicocaiman @pantheracats @pantanalsafaris @africanparksnetwork #CanonUSA @CanonUSA #reddigitalcinema @africanparksnetwork @sanctuaryasia @reddigitalcinema

Terminal 4 - John F. Kennedy International Airport
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@natgeo photo by @stevewinterphoto During my search for jaguars in America I photographed his cougar with the help of a #remotecamera set up in the Santa Rita Mountains, near the US-Mexico boarder. Although I'm often led down the right trails with the help of local biologists - in this instance those from the University of Arizona - nothing is guaranteed. Thankfully camera traps don't discriminate and sometimes they return gems like this young #cougar.
Join me this Thurs Jan. 18th for my National Geographic Live! talk in Ontario's Centre In The Square theatre. I'll share with you the rewards and perils of my adventures "On The Trail of Big Cats" along with other unexpected camera trap subjects. For show details and tickets visit
https://events.nationalgeographic.com/talks/trail-big-cats/centre-square
or go to www.facebook.com/SteveWinterPhoto/

For those wanting a firsthand experience, join me this August when I return to the watery trails of the #BrazilianPantanal with @naturalworldsafaris to teach a photo workshop.
We’ll be going to the same locations where we filmed and photographed jaguars for the “Jaguar vs Croc” @natgeowild show and my latest @NatGeo magazine story. Full details and dates via the link in my profile here.
#wildlifephoto #photoworkshop #cougars #wildlife @natgeocreative @natgeowild #ontariocanada #ohcanada #wildlifephotography #Speaker


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It’s all jaguars all the time these days folks!
The Jaguar vs Croc show created by @bertiegregory and myself is airing again tomorrow 1/10 on the @natgeowild Channel at 9pm EST.

For those wanting to see jaguars first hand and learn a few photo tips along the way join me and @naturalworldsafaris Safaris this August for a photo safari to the Brazilian #Pantanal. We’ll be going to the same locations where we filmed and photographed jaguars for the TV show and my latest @NatGeo magazine story. Full details and dates via the link in my profile.
Not too long ago an image of jaguar mom and cubs or just a jaguar cub was impossible to see, but conservation efforts are making progress in the area to insure their future. Here, a young cub is playing with it’s unamused mother. This animal behavior is so similar in many ways to us as humans! Protecting their young! 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 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.

#wildlifephotography #wildlifephoto #photosafari
@natgeochannel #CanonUSA @CanonUSA @reddigitalcinema @pantanalsafaris @natgeocreative


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@stevewinterphoto @natgeo
A lion cub playing with his sister by holding her tail.
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!
Just 100 years ago there may have been as many as 500 000 lions which roamed the African continent but today there it is easinated 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"

We need to work together to save the king of beasts - lions mean so much to our culture, our evolution and to the remaining wild places we have on earth. National Geographic's Big Cats Initiative is working to build protective bomas for cattle farmers, increase protection against poaching on the ground and educate landowners on how to live with lions. Visit: https://www.nationalgeographic.org/projects/big-cats-initiative today to find out how you can do your bit for lions 🦁 
Please watch a South African film on canned hunting by environmental film maker Ian Michler - http://www.bloodlions.org
About 50% of the lions from lion farms end up in the Chinese bone and skin trade.
@natgeochannel @natgeowild @thephotosociety @natgeocreative #bigcatsintiative @africanparksnetwork @bertiegregory @pantanalsafaris @africanparksnetwork @bertiegregory @pantanalsafaris @reddigitalcinema #reddigitalcinema @CanonUSA @pantheracats


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@natgeo video by @stevewinterphoto

From my December 2017 Jaguar story in @natgeo.

In the Brazilian Pantanal a cub climbs this tree and walks it branches, hangs out to avoid predators like wild pigs below.
Moms teach them to climb to keep them safe. Big cats like jaguars are important for the healthy functioning of the ecosystems and the regulate
prey densities which can have impacts on vegetation and soil - so by keeping jaguar healthy we keep the whole ecosystem healthy!
Follow me @stevewinterphoto for more photos and videos of big cats and wild places.
So if - We Save Big Cats we can help Save Ourselves.

@stevewinterphoto @natgeo @natgeochannel @natgeowild @thephotosociety @natgeocreative @projetooncafari @refugioecologicocaiman @pantheracats @pantanalsafaris @africanparksnetwork #CanonUSA @CanonUSA #reddigitalcinema @africanparksnetwork @sanctuaryasia @reddigitalcinema


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