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photo 📷 by @stevewinterphoto A jaguar cub trips a remote camera trap set in the canopy of a large tree in the Brazilian Pantanal. This region has become a success story for jaguars as a species and historically many jaguars were hunted on ranches in the region due to conflict between jaguars and cattle. Jaguar ecotourism in the Pantanal now generates nearly US$ 7 million annually while damage caused by this population equates to about US$ 121 000 annually. This is HUGE because it shows that jaguars are worth more ALIVE! than they are dead, even to ranchers which rely heavily on cattle production. The jaguar population in this region is doing really great and represents one of the highest densities anywhere across the jaguars current range. Through visiting places like the Pantanal your tourism dollars are directly benefiting local big cat populations and conservation! Follow me @stevewinterphoto for more shots and facts of big cats around the world 🐆 . . . . . #bigcat #ecotourism #wildcat#catsunday #cat #catsofgram#catsofig

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Photo 📷 by @stevewinterphoto Here are two jaguars tied up in a boat as part of a tourist attraction in #cancun Mexico 🐆 I’m posting this because I believe we all need to know about the thousands of cub petting operations that exist for big cats around the world 🌍 these places often offer us a chance to take a selfie 🤳 but what we don’t realise is that these animals will never be able to go back into the wild! Sometimes they are even traded for traditional medicine, illegal zoos or worse! If you get offered the chance to play with a big cat or a cub, remember to say no! Follow me @stevewinterphoto for more shots of the big cats we love in the wild 🦁 . . . . . #selfie #sayno #animalabuse #tigerking #wildlifeconservation #awareness #catsofinsta #catsofinstagram

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Photo 📷 by @stevewinterphoto Snow leopards can live at the world's highest altitudes and that includes Mount Everest! They typically occur at altitudes from 15-25000 feet but they can go higher and researchers from the Everest Snow Leopard Conservation Centre found scrapes, droppings and camera trap images of them living on Mount Everest in the northern slopes of the Great Himalaya Range. Millions of years of evolution have made this incredible cat adaptable to low oxygen uptake in its hemoglobin and it is amazing how different we are in living at high altitudes. I remember when i set this camera trap, I would regularly get on all fours not only to check my composition but to get maximum oxygen. Tell me about some of the most incredible animal species superpowers you know under the comments section and follow me @stevewinterphoto for more big cat shots 🐆 . . . . . #snowleopard #leopard #mountain#mountains #india #ladakh #beauty

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Photo 📷 by @stevewinterphoto It’s crazy to think that the big cats we love so much are linked to the crisis we are in right now. Thousands of big cats like leopards, tigers and lions lose their lives every year through conflicts with people (either because they kill their cattle or sometimes people themselves). But big cats act like buffers against diseases like COVID-19! When I was in Mumbai photographing these city dwelling leopards 🐆 I couldn’t help notice that there were many reports of them eating stray dogs. My cameraman and assistant @alexbraczkowski worked with a team of scientists in Australia and found that these cats likely save nearly 100 human lives by eating stray dogs which bite people. They also save the Mumbai municipality nearly US$ 20 000 annually in dog management costs. Everything is interconnected and it’s crazy to think that big cats serve as disease buffers to the human world. Follow me @stevewinterphoto for more big cat shots 🌍 🐆 . . . . . #disease #covid19 #coronavirus#bigcat #catsofinstagram #catlife#leopard #mumbai #city

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Photo 📷 by @stevewinterphoto We need to realize deep in our hearts that animals have emotions too. If we can treat them better - maybe we could find some empathy inside of us to treat each other better also. As empathy begets empathy. This is a tiger in Kaziranga in India. There are only 3600 tigers left in the wild! We need to fight for the right of tigers to live - peacefully and without being killed for the traditional medicine market, tiger bone wine, tiger skin furniture and other trade. Help stop the demand for endangered species used in this practice! 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. If you save the top predator in any ecosystem you save everything underneath them - including the forest - which give us H2O and water . . . . . #tiger #tigers #bigcat #bigcats #catlife #catsofinstagram

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This is a photo from my December 2019 @natgeo magazine story on captive tigers in the USA - there are way too many operations across the country that profiteer from selfies with tigers cubs and now bears - but this is wrong and unethical. These animals can never be released into the wild because they have human imprinting - they are not fearful of people. What’s more is that some cub petting operations are linked to the illegal wildlife trade and even traditional medicine markets. Supporting places like the one in this image is not cool and taking selfies with tiger, lion or bear cubs does great harm to the lives of these animals. Follow me @stevewinterphoto for more big cats

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Video 🎥 by @stevewinterphoto This is arguably the most beautiful mountain lion in all of California! His name is P22 and he is the mythical “Hollywood Cougar” who lives in Griffith Park #losangeles 🐆 did you know that mountain lions are a key regulator of deer populations? In fact if mountain lions were to recolonise the eastern USA they could save drivers of cars $2.1 billion dollars over a 30 year period! The reason: deer car collisions cause over 20 000 vehicular injuries and some 155 deaths. Big cats are more important than we think! Follow me @stevewinterphoto for more facts and videos of big cats ✊ . . . . . #mountainlion #cougar #losangeles #california

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Here is a series of videos I shot with @bertiegregory and @natgeowild on leopards in India. This 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. Shot for my @natgeo Leopard story - A leopard walks across a old bridge at 8:30pm - in Sanjay Gandhi National Park in Mumbai India. The residents of Mumbai use the park during the day - kids playing cricket, couples walking after work or school - others just walking in nature hearing the symphony of the park - the bird calls - leaving the bustling city of over 21 million people. But at night the leopards come out - in the core of the park they have a substantial food source of deer and other species - but they walk silently on the trails at night close to apartment buildings. In one instance I met a man who had lived in this building for 10 years and did not know there were leopards here! I saw him every night walking with friends getting some exercise - two weeks later he tells me he was up at 3:30AM and looks out his window and sees a leopard for the first time! Our natural world is simply perfect and incredibly amazing. And without it we as humans cannot survive - we need to wake up and save the nature that we depend on for our oxygen, water and food - life itself. If we save big cats we can save ourselves. #follow me @stevewinterphoto to see other images, thanks🦁 . . . . . @natgeo @[email protected] @natgeocreative#bigcatsforever #ivoryfree #wildaid #bigcatsforever#leopards @wildaid #photooftheday #startwith1thing#picoftheday #5forbigcats

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Photos 📷 by @stevewinterphoto while on assignment for @natgeowild These images are of a lioness that was caught in a snare in Western Uganda and of a team of scientists counting lions. New science out today by @alexbraczkowski and colleagues is showing us that we are not counting lions in Africa with strong scientific methods. We cannot save lions if we do not have good information about how many there are left in the wild. I was here photographing lions for @natgeowild in 2018 and I documented how scientists caught and treated this lioness after she was caught in a poachers snare. I also documented their journey as they performed one of the most accurate counts of lions done to date. From October 2017-February 2018 the team surveyed lions in this part of Uganda and drove over 8000 km searching for and photographing lions. By factoring the identity of lions, their movements and sex into one mathematical model, the scientists could determine how many lionswere in the area but the survey also showed how lions in this park were moving. There are only about 71 lions living in Queen Elizabeth National Park (their densities are ~2.7 lions/100 km2). The most interesting thing about the lion count was how lion home ranges had increased by 100-400% for females and males respectively. There has been some debate about how much faith the scientific community can place into lion numbers in Africa but new data shows that most historic studies are missing the mark in how lions are being counted. The results from this study, a nationwide survey in Kenya (headed up by the @kenyawildlifeservice), a survey in Botswana (by @kasimrafiq and colleagues) and one using camera traps in West Africa are examples of more robust techniques in counting lions. Follow me @stevewinterphoto for more facts and photos of big cats 🦁 . . . . . #lion #uganda #lions #bigcats#catsofinstagram #cat #lionking #animal

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Video 🎥 by @stevewinterphoto The thrill and the fear of being charged by an adult male Indian one horned rhinoceros is captured in this video! I shot this video while on assignment for @natgeo magazine in #kaziranganationalpark India! We were looking for tigers when this rhino charged our vehicle! We were lucky, we made a run for it but I got this shaky video and one still frame! Life as a wildlife photographer is one of the most rewarding experiences and lifestyles but always treat your subjects with respect! Follow me @stevewinterphoto for more wildlife shots 🦏🦏🦏 . . . . . #rhino #rhinoceros #charger #india #thunder #danger #thriller

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Photo 📷 by @stevewinterphoto A jaguar trips a remote camera trap set on a cattle carcass on a ranch in Brazil’s Pantanal. Did you know that cattle-cat conflict is one of the biggest threats to big cats?! Many people think it’s hunting, and trophy hunting but retaliatory killings by cattle farmers when big cats eat livestock are a much bigger threat to jaguars, leopards, lions, snow leopards and tigers. The good thing is that in some places the damage caused to livestock by cats like this jaguar are outweighed by the tourism funding they raise! People just love to go on safari and that means many farmers want big cats alive, even if they eat the odd cow. Follow me @stevewinterphoto for more wildlife shots 🐆 shot on the @pantheracats ranch in the Pantanal of Brazil. Where great work is being done to protect cattle from jaguar predation. Thanks to Rafael Hoogesteijn and Fernando Tortato for their great work and help. . . . . . #jaguar #bigcat #cat #catsofinstagram

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@natgeo photo 📷 by @stevewinterphoto If you ever have the opportunity to take a selfie with a tiger or even play with one at a safari park or zoo please say NO! These facilities are linked to tiger breeding and often supply traditional medicine markets in the far east. Like this photo of the Tiger Temple in Thailand in Kanchanaburi Province there are still many operations similar to this in the USA, they are still running because members of the public play with and take photos of tigers (each photo op starts for at least US$ 50 dollars and up). I took this image during my first visit to the temple in 2010 with @sharon.guynup while shooting for my Nat Geo tiger story. By the time the temple was closed down authorities counted 137 tigers on the premises, and the frozen bodies of 40 dead cubs. By visiting ethical zoos and facilities we can all do our small bit for the conservation of tigers and other big cats. Follow me @stevewinterphoto for more stories about the worlds big cats 🐆🦁 . . . . . #tiger #tigertemple #animalcruelty #animalabuse #animalwelfare #animalrescue #tigers #cat #bigcat

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