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Steve Winter  NatGeo Wildlife + Conservation Photojournalist + Speaker. Now touring with @NatGeo Live! Click on link below for tour stops and tix.

@natgeo photo by @stevewinterphoto with @africanparksnetwork

Zakouma NP Ranger talking to a village council - African Parks looks at the animals, habitat and people that live within as a true ecosystem. Every individual part is vital to the whole ecosystem and success of the park. Read below

What is happening in Zakouma is one of the most hopeful stories in conservation. The park was once ravaged by poaching and insecurity. More than 4,000 elephants, which was 95% of the population, were slaughtered between 2002 to 2010 for the sale of their ivory – and poachers wreaked havoc on both the wildlife and people who lived there. By 2010, only 450 elephants remained. That same year, @africanparksnetwork signed a long-term agreement with the government of Chad to fully manage Zakouma and change the trajectory of the park. They built a ranger team and implemented effective law enforcement measures and community networks, and today poaching has been practically eliminated. The elephant population is finally on the rise for the first time in a decade. Elephants have surpassed 550 individuals, and not one has been lost to poaching since January 2016. Last year @africanparksnetwork counted 81 elephant calves under the age of three years old; in 2011 they counted one. Without the support of local communities this would not work. The park is the largest employer in the region; thousands of people are getting an education and healthcare, and decency and civility, along with life, have found their back to this once forgotten place. To learn more about Zakouma and other truly hopeful conservation efforts happening across Africa, please follow @africanparksnetwork

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Lion cub walking through the grasses to the pride.
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

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@natgeo photo by @stevewinterphoto
Zebra family rubbing noses.
This animal behavior is so similar in many ways to us as humans! 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.

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@natgeo video shot by @stevewinterphoto
One of my goals in capturing this mind blowing natural coexistence between leopards and humans was to show it on video. I set up a HD video trap with LED lights and infrared triggers to show the cats walking across the bridges of the park. Here is a young female walking across the bridge in the full moon.
Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) in Mumbai India is a jewel of the world. Mumbai can show the world the way forward in living with large cats! As there is no other place like it on the planet.

SGNP is more proof that we humans live with majestic animals in urban areas without even knowing they are there - and without major problems - if we let them be. Leopards are the most adaptable and the most persecuted cat on our planet. Protect Sanjay Gandhi National Park and Aarey and all the buffer zones. India has had great success living with tigers and leopards. Here in the park the incredible work done by the staff of SGNP and scientist Vidya Athreya has been vital.

India is so unique in the world in their spiritual and cultural respect for living with tigers, leopards and elephants etc. Take this honor with the responsibility for saving SGNP and all the animals within.
The problems in the past in SGNP were created by humans - relocating leopards from 200km away into the city in an area that already had resident males or females - human mistakes, caused problems in 2002 and 2003.

Our natural world is simply perfect and incredibly amazing. And without it we as humans cannot survive - we are part of nature and we need to wake up and save the planet that we depend on for our oxygen, water and food - and simply all life itself - which also includes us as humans. If we can save big cats we can save ourselves. As their homes are the forests, grasslands and mountains which provide us with close to half of our oxygen, 75% of our freshwater.

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A fisherman and his kids returning home at the end of the day. Kaziranga National Park. Check out Zoom Photo Tours and come with me and Sharon Guynup to Kazi and Bandhavgarh Tiger Réserve this November 2019. @zoomphototours
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Camo Leopard
There are nine sub-species of leopards on earth, occurring from the southern tip of South Africa's Cape mountains to the island of Java in southeast Asia. The leopard can live in true deserts, tropical forests and even in the Russian tundra where it drops to below 10 degrees celsius! The biggest threats facing leopards in Africa include the illegal skin trade, wire snare poaching and human-leopard conflict. This was shot while on assignment for @natgeo

Forests provide us with up to 50% of the oxygen we breathe - oceans the rest.Forest, grasslands and mountains 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.
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@natgeo photo for Jaguar Story Dec 2017 Nat Geo Mag by @stevewinterphoto

Scarface grabs his favorite food here in the Pantanal of Brazil - the Caiman is the #1 food source of jaguars in this area.
When the rains are good in the Amazon and the rivers rise in the Pantanal - the animals are abundant and the jaguars
have a huge food court of prey to choose from - as nature is all connected.
The Amazon provides 20% of the oxygen we breathe - so every 5th breathe is from the Amazon.
Rainforests provide 40-50% of the oxygen on the planet - mountains, grasslands and forests provide 75% of our fresh water
If we save the homes of big cats we can help save ourselves. “When the buying stops, the killing can too.” @wildaid
To see more images of big cats follow me @stevewinterphoto - Thanks!
@thephotosociety @africanparksnetwork #reddigitalcinema @pantanalsafaris @reddigitalcinema @pantanalsafaris @bertiegregory

@natgeo photo for Jaguar Story Dec 2017 Nat Geo Mag by @stevewinterphoto

A GIANT Caiman in the Black Creek in the Pantanal of Brazil - the Caiman is the #1 food source of jaguars in this area.
This caiman looks too big for a jag to take down! But you never know!!!!!!
When the rains are good in the Amazon and the rivers rise in the Pantanal - the animals are abundant and the jaguars
have a huge food court of prey to choose from - as nature is all connected.
The Amazon provides 20% of the oxygen we breathe - so every 5th breathe is from the Amazon.
Rainforests provide 40-50% of the oxygen on the planet - mountains, grasslands and forests provide 75% of our fresh water
If we save the homes of big cats we can help save ourselves. “When the buying stops, the killing can too.” @wildaid
To see more images of big cats follow me @stevewinterphoto - Thanks!
@thephotosociety @africanparksnetwork #reddigitalcinema @pantanalsafaris @reddigitalcinema @pantanalsafaris

@natgeo photo by @stevewinterphoto

There are nine sub-species of leopards on earth, occurring from the southern tip of South Africa's Cape mountains to the island of Java in southeast Asia. The leopard can live in true deserts, tropical forests and even in the Russian tundra where it drops to below 10 degrees celsius! The biggest threats facing leopards in Africa include the illegal skin trade, wire snare poaching and human-leopard conflict. This was shot while on assignment for @natgeo

Forests provide us with up to 50% of the oxygen we breathe - oceans the rest.Forest, grasslands and mountains 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 and thanks!

@natgeo @thephotosociety @eiainvestigator @africanparksnetwork

@natgeo photo by @stevewinterphoto -
I love the eye’s of the one cub - looking at his sibling with the boar’s head in his mouth - kind of like Hey Bro Sharing is Caring! Give me a bit of that tasty meat!

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 @thephotosociety @africanparksnetwork #lionstrong #livingwithlions @leonardodicapriofdn

This fall take the chance to join me and Sharon Guynup, environmental journalist and co-author of our book Tigers Forever, on this unforgettable trip organized with @zoomphototours to some of our favorite parks in India where you will experience and photograph its incredible wildlife filled with rhinos, elephants and the most ferocious of all big cats, the tiger.
Tour Details:
11 days
Nov 24 – Dec 4, 2019
GROUP SIZE is limited to 8-12 guests
Costs: USD $6,950 per person
Tour Stops:
Kolkata
Kaziranga National Park
Delhi
Bandhavgarh National Park
For more details and to book visit: http://zoomphototours.com/tigers-forever/

@natgeo photo by @stevewinterphoto
One leopard cub snuggling with mom, the other is nursing.
This is so similar in many ways to us as humans! 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.

Remember just as an example of the importance of their homes - the forests and grasslands.
50% of our oxygen comes from forest - the other 50% from the oceans.
75% of fresh water comes from forests, grasslands and mountains. So if we save big cats - we can help save ourselves.
This was shot for my @natgeo Leopard story in the Dec 2015 issue of National Geographic Magazine.
#follow me @stevewinterphoto to see other images, and thanks!
#leopard @africanparksnetwork

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