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@natgeo photo by @stevewinterphoto Please read our article in the December @natgeo Magazine There are more tigers in the US then are in the wild. Written by my partner, journalist, Sharon Guynup. Daniel and "Enzo" cool off in a pool at Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, Colorado, three of 39 tigers rescued from Oklahoma’s, Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park. These cats will live out their lives here, with proper nutrition and vet care—and they will not be bred or commercially exploited. The Wild Animal Sanctuary is the first sanctuary in the US. Now with 2 locations it is over 10,000 acres in Colorado. Fantastic place where these animals can live out their lives with caring dedicated people. Here is the link to the story. https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/2019/11/tigers-in-the-united-states-outnumber-those-in-the-wild-feature/

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‪A huge thank you to all those who have placed orders for a signed print so far. We’ve received your emails and will be responding soon.‬ The 8x10 print sale is still happening so you still have time. Each photo seen in this post will be printed on archival 8x10 paper and individually signed by me. We’ll stop taking orders on Dec 7th for international orders and Dec. 11 for domestic ones. If this is a gift don’t forget add the name you want me to make it out too.‬ Prints are $100 + $15 for domestic shipping (US) and $40 for international. Scroll through and take your pick! Ordering is easy as... 1. Swipe through the Print Sale Post(s) on my feed. 2. Screenshot your selects. 3. Email them and the mailing address for the prints to [email protected] We’ll then send you a Paypal invoice and tracking number once your print ships out.

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@stevewinterphoto. Today is Giving Tuesday and @AfricanParksNetwork is raising support for their critical work on the ground in managing 16 parks in 10 countries across Africa. I’ve been to one of these parks, @ZakoumaNationalPark in Chad to see their work first hand. Did you know that besides protecting wildlife and their habitats, African Parks also supports communities? They build schools, fund teacher and doctor salaries, deploy mobile healthcare units, create jobs, which helps ensure that these parks and their wildlife survive long in to the future. I saw where children in Zakouma in Chad were able to get an education for the first time in their lives – thanks to protecting the parks. Please consider sharing this or directly supporting African Parks, which is an NGO and 100% of donations go directly to the ground. https://www.africanparks.org/giving-tuesday-donate-page

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@natgeo photo by @stevewinterphoto A leopardess feeds upon an nyala leg at the @dulinilodge Sabi-Sands, South Africa. I managed to get this shot during the last seconds of dusk, and that is why you see the blue in the background. Big cats like leopards are incredibly important for ecosystems, they control prey numbers, affect their movements (what scientists call the “landscape of fear” effect), and limit the spread of zoonotic diseases. When we lose big cats we lose a key link in the ecosystem chain. This causes expansions in prey numbers, range and may even lead to impacts like vegetation loss, riverbank destabilisation, and an increase in smaller predators like jackals. By making sure we can protect 30% of the planet by 2030 (Global Deal for Nature) we can save some of Africa’s most important big cat populations. Follow me @stevewinterphoto for more shots of big cats 🦁🐆 . . . . . #bigcat #leopard #leopards #catgram #catsofinstagram #light #natgeo #natgeowild #bigcats #wilderness #globaldealfornature

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Photo by @stevewinterphoto Two tigers share an intimate moment on one of South Africa’s largest big cat breeding farms near Johannesburg. For this months story in @natgeo I document the trade and breeding of tigers in the USA (written by @sharon.guynup 🐯), but I travelled to Africa also to see if the breeding of tigers was happening. The answer is yes, tigers are being bred in South Africa for hunting (much like the ~ 14 000 lions in farms and captivity across the country). They are bred for the petting industry, for hunting and possibly foreign export and the illegal wildlife trade. The tiger on the left is sick and has sarcoptic mange, it’s a highly contagious skin disease caused by the Sarcoptes scabiei mite. These mites burrow into the skin, cause irritation, itching and the animals scratching and rubbing causes their hair to fall out. We can STOP 🛑 this happening by not going to petting farms in Africa and the USA! There are so many of these kinds of farms in South Africa and the USA and by saying no to cub petting and, big cat shows we can stop this merciless practice. Shot for @natgeo and @natgeoimagecollection 🐆 follow me @stevewinterphoto and @sharon.guynup for more stories and photos of the trade in wildlife globally. . . . . . #wildlifetrade #tiger #africa #cannedhunting #stopthetrade #wildaid #natgeo

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Sharing one of my favorite shots from Kaziranga National Park in honor of my return to India’s “Grassland Kingdom” with @zoomphototours. This was shot on assignment for @NatGeo and ran in the August 2010 issue. Although we couldn’t always see them, tigers were never far in Kazi. I was able to capture this shot from the “safety” of an elephant’s back but even then… I’ve decided to add Camo Tiger II along with a few others I shot on assignment here to the holiday print sale to commemorate my time in Kazi. Swipe through and let’s see if you recognize the others! My annual Holiday Print Sale runs though Dec 11th. These 8x10 prints are individually signed by me and shipped off in time for Xmas. Each print is $100 + $15 for domestic shipping (US) and $40 for international. Scroll through and take your pick! Ordering is easy as... 1. Swipe through the Print Sale Post(s) on my feed. 2.Screenshot your selects. 3.Email them and the mailing address for the prints to [email protected]

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@natgeo photo by @stevewinterphoto I’m currently in @kaziranganationalparkassam with @zoomphototours and the one animal I keep running into is this incredible Indian Rhinoceros. Kaziranga is a stronghold for the species. The total range of the species is now limited to just under 8000 square miles. There may be less than 2000 of these incredible rhinos left in the wild. Any animal that weighs as much as this rhino (up to 8000 lbs) is considered an ecosystem engineer. These rhinos are bulk grazers meaning they consume large quantities of grass and their dung helps with carbon and nutrient cycling. Their paths and movements through grassland and jungle mean that they open other habitat for wildlife. Follow me @stevewinterphoto for more shots of incredible rhinos and other wildlife around the world. Shot for @natgeo and @natgeoimagecollection 🦁💪 . . . . . #kaziranga #natgeo #indianrhino #rhino #rhinoceros #wildlife #30by2030 #wildaid #asia #india #indian #magicalindia

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Photo by @stevewinterphoto taken at a wildlife market in South Africa. This skin is of one of the world’s rarest leopards, a strawberry leopard. It is a phenotypic variant, and it’s fur colour is more of a caramel and brown rather than gold and black of a typical leopard. Only a few have been photographed in the mountains of the Limpopo and it is unlikely that the poachers that killed this knew what it was (as the price was similar to other skins we found). We are losing so much of the earths biodiversity, and sometimes we are not even aware of how rare something is until it is gone. Leopards are doing better than most big cats like tigers or lions but have still lost about 75% of their historic range. We need to place pressure on our policy makers to crack down on markets like the one in this picture. If you see a wildlife skin in a market or on the roadside be sure to report it and remember when the buying stops the killing will too. Shot for @natgeo @natgeoimagecollection 🦁🐆 . . . . . #illegalwildlife #wildaid #wildlifetraffic #leopard #southafrica #wildlifetrade #stopthetrade #wildlife #natgeo

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The holidays are upon us and it’s time to kick off my annual Holiday Print Sale! Each 8x10 print is printed on archival photo paper and individually signed by me and shipped off in time for Xmas. Prints are $100 + $15 for domestic shipping (US) and $40 for international. Scroll through and take your pick! Ordering is easy as... 1. Swipe through the Print Sale Post(s) on my feed. 2. Screenshot your selects. 3. Email the screenshots and the mailing address for the prints to [email protected] We’ll then send you a Paypal invoice and tracking number once your print ships out. We’ll take orders through Dec 11th for domestic orders, and Dec. 7th for International orders. #bigcats #wildlifephotography #wildlife #photocollector #printsale #stevewinter #SteveWinterPhoto #Cubs #animalsdoingthings #photography #art #holidaygiftguide

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@natgeo photo by @stevewinterphoto for December 2015 leopard story in Nat Geo Magazine. A leopard cub takes a look at its mom while climbing down a marula tree in South Africa’s @dulinilodge 🐆 This part of Africa has one of the best protected populations of leopards on the continent, nearly 12 individuals per 100 square kilometres. The reason is good management, anti-poaching, and reduction of killings by humans. This means prey like impala, duikers, warthog and nyala thrive in the system (and that means more leopards)! Follow me @stevewinterphoto for more shots of big cats. Shot for @natgeo @natgeowild @natgeoimagecollection 🐆🦁 . . . . . #leopard #cute #baby #wild #wildlife #natgeo #dulini #sabisands #leopards #bigcats #bigcat

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@natgeo photo by @stevewinterphoto in the December 2019 Nat Geo Magazine Clay and Daniel playing at Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, Colorado, I have never seen tigers play like this except in the Wild - they are part of 39 tigers rescued from Oklahoma’s, Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park. These cats will live out their lives here, with proper nutrition and vet care—and they will not be bred or commercially exploited. The Wild Animal Sanctuary is the first sanctuary in the US. Now with 2 locations - it is over 10,000 acres. Fantastic place where these animals can live out their lives with caring dedicated people. You can find a list of the true sanctuaries here at the Big Cat Sanctuary Alliance : https://www.bigcatalliance.org/ #bigcatsanctuaryalliance Debunking a myth: #tigers bred in roadside zoos do not help #conservation in any way! A captive-bred #tiger has never been successfully released into the wild. #selfie #wild #tigers #wildlifephotography #zoo #conservation #tigerconservation @sharon.guynup @sguynup @natgeo December issue US Tiger story: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/2019/11/tigers-in-the-united-states-outnumber-those-in-the-wild-feature/

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@natgeo photo by @stevewinterphoto Third-generation tiger trainer Brunon Blaszak puts his cats through old-style circus tricks at one of his three daily shows at Ohio’s Crawford County Fair—where cats were held in small travel cages except while performing. He’s among the last: there’s growing backlash against these shows, with critics alleging these act are inhumane. The Big Cat Public Safety Act will make commercial breeding illegal and better protect big cats and the public. The bill will be voted on in the House in December. It now has 2017 co- sponsors in the house. Read more in the December 2019 National Geographic Magazine and this link: https://tinyurl.com/teww9yy @sharon.guynup @repbrianfitz #natgeomagazine #wildlifephotography #zoo #conservation #tigerconservation

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