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NatGeo Wildlife + Conservation Photojournalist + Speaker Twitter: @swfoto/ đź“ŤCurrently Brazil. www.stevewinterphoto.com/
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2017/07/23 17:35:03
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@natgeo @stevewinterphoto Did you know that African lions are the only cats that live in groups, called prides. All of the females you see in a pride are related. Young male cubs like the one at the back of this photo leave their pride when they are about 2-3 years old, while females stay. Lion prides usually feature one or two males, a dozen or more female lionesses and a few cubs, but in rare cases can number 25 or 30 members! That’s a lot of mouths to feed! Big cats like this young African lion have fascinated me for over 25 years since my first jaguar story for @natgeo magazine. It is our responsibility to give the next generation of big cats a fighting chance in the wild. National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative is working towards the conservation of African lions, leopards and cheetahs across Africa. Increasing anti-poaching efforts, installing protective bomas to stop lion-cattle conflict and monitoring big cats numbers with camera traps. Visit https://www.nationalgeographic.org/projects/big-cats-initiative/ to find out how you can help save big cats today, and remember by saving apex predators like lions and tigers we keep ecosystems balanced and healthy! Follow me @stevewinterphoto @natgeo @nglive #nglive @ngwild #natgeowild @thephotosociety #NatGeoCreative #onassignment #wildlifeconservation #inthefield #wildlifephotojournalism #BCI #bigcatsintiative #photooftheday #beauty #lion @africanparksnetwork
 #wildaid #BCI #bigcatsintiative #startwith1thing @pantheracats #canonusa @reddigitalcinema @africanparksnetwork #ldfoundation @leonardodicaprio @sanctuaryasia

2017/07/21 02:31:23
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I've been in a remote part of the Peruvian Amazon shooting Ashaninka shamans with my assistant @alexbraczkowski and @natgeo scientist @andresruzo for my worldwide jaguar story (December 2017). We've been on the banks of what is believed to be the worlds largest thermal river, the boiling river. It is one of the most incredible things I've ever seen and gets to nearly 100 degrees celsius in many parts of its length. Local medicinal healers in this region revere jaguars as an important animal and part of the jungle and their culture of healing. Go to www.boilingriver.org to find out more about this incredible place and follow @andresruzo to see his incredible science work on this river! @natgeo @stevewinterphoto @reddigitalcinema #instagood #wildplaces #peru #amazon #startwith1thing #instawild #videooftheday #inthefield #bigcatsintiative #jaguar #redcine

2017/07/11 21:37:10
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@stevewinterphoto @natgeo This was shot for my @natgeo Leopard story that appeared in the Dec 2015 issue of National Geographic Magazine. Here is a leopard photographed on one of Yala National Park's remote beaches with a camera trap I set with @alexbraczkowski, @bertiegregory and @kulu_safaris. Sri-Lanka's Yala National Park is incredible because it is a place where tropical forests and the Indian ocean meet, and where leopards hang out on the beach! In just two months of camera-trapping we recorded sambar deer, wild boar, turtles, sloth bears and leopards all walking on Yala's beaches. Leopards like this one are apex predators and their protection is critical to the health of the entire ecosystem. Remember just as an example of the importance of their homes - the forests. 50% of our oxygen comes from forest - the other 50% from the oceans. 75% of fresh water comes from forests. So if we can save big cats - we can help save ourselves. National Geographic launched the Big Cats Initiative to raise awareness and implement change to the dire situation facing leopards and other big cats. Please visit CauseAnUproar.org to find out more about Build a Boma and other ways to become involved to save big cats! Give a High 5 for big cats! #5forbigcats @ www.causeanuproar.org #follow me @stevewinterphoto to see other images, thanks! @natgeo @thephotosociety @natgeocreative @reddigitalcinema #bigcatsforever #ivoryfree #wildaid #bigcatsforever #beauty #me #follow #love #leopards #photooftheday #picoftheday #smile #beauty #friends #instamood #instafollow #nature #wildlife #5forbigcats #rhinoswithoutborders #cute

2017/07/09 22:10:41
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T-2 hours till #EarthLive goes LIVE from around the world on the @natgeochannel! I'll be shooting Ocelots and Jabiru storks in the Brazilian Pantanal where I've worked extensively throughout the years - most recently for my upcoming @NatGeo jaguar story. This is going to be EPIC, so tune in TONIGHT July 9th at 8 EST on the @natgeochannel for this 2 hour spectacle hosted by @janelynchofficial. Click on the link in my bio for show details. Photo: @max.lowe #EarthLive #wildlifeplanet #wildlife #onassignment #Brazil @natgeo @nglive #nglive @natgeochannel @natgeowild @natgeocreative

2017/07/09 15:05:31
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Super Jag!!! An oldie but a goodie from the Pantanal. Reving up for my Earth Live bit tonight! I'm just a small part of this epic show. Earth Live is broadcasting from 6 continents and over a dozen locations - all this to bring the natural world directly to you! AND ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN! Click on the link in my bio for show details and stay tuned for more beautiful shots from this amazing place. #EarthLive #wildearth #wildlife #onassignment #Brazil @natgeo @nglive #nglive @natgeochannel @natgeowild @natgeocreative #jaguars #WhattoWatch #mustseeTV

2017/07/08 23:36:30
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T-24hours till #EarthLive aires LIVE from around the world on the @natgeochannel! I'll be shooting Ocelots and Jabiru storks in the Brazilian Pantanal where I've worked extensively throughout the years - most recently for my upcoming @NatGeo jaguar story. Tune in tomorrow July 9th at 8 EST on the @natgeochannel for this 2 hour spectacle hosted by @janelynchofficial. Click on the link in my bio for show details and stay tuned for more beautiful shots from this amazing place. Photo: @max.lowe #EarthLive #wildlifeplanet #wildlife #onassignment #Brazil @natgeo @nglive #nglive @natgeochannel @natgeowild @natgeocreative

2017/07/08 17:21:07
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@natgeo @natgeochannel @stevewinterphoto I'm back in the Brazilian Pantanal but this time I'm setting up my Earth Live segment airing live tomorrow July 9th at 8 EST on the @natgeochannel. The 2-hour segment will be broadcasted live from around the world and hosted by @janelynchofficial, so tune in to see what it's like in the field! Click on the link in my bio for show details and stay tuned for more beautiful shots from this amazing place! #EarthLive #wildlifeplanet #wildlife #onassignment #Brazil @natgeo @nglive #nglive @natgeochannel @natgeowild @natgeocreative @janelynchofficial #instawild #wildlifeconservation #wildlifephotographer #wildlifephotojournalism

2017/07/08 15:03:36
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Good morning from the Brazilian Pantanal! I'm down here setting up for my Earth Live segment airing live tomorrow 7/9 and CURRENTLY Live on the @natgeochannel Facebook page. Tune in NOW. Tomorrow catch me on the National Geographic Channel at 8PM (EDT) to see me filming amazing wildlife in Brazil as part of @natgeochannel Earth Live hosted by @janelynchofficial. Click on the link in my bio for show details and stay tuned for more beautiful shots from this amazing place! #EarthLive #wildlifeplanet #wildlife @natgeo @nglive #nglive @natgeochannel@natgeowild @natgeocreative

2017/07/07 19:32:44
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@natgeo @stevewinterphoto I took this photograph of American flamingos roosting in the full moon at the Rio Lagartos Biosphere Reserve on the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. This incredible wetland area is one of the world's most unique wetlands because of its hypersalinity. The flamingos come here in great numbers to feed, nest and reproduce and more than 43 000 have been counted on the broader Yucatan coast. This wetland, mangrove and forest area is protected because of the flamingo - so everything ABOVE the water - like the jaguars, iguanas and birds and BELOW the water - the mangroves, fish, rays, dolphins, and nesting sea turtles are all protected because of this amazing RED bird!! Visit Rio Legatos today to catch these flamingos and other incredible wildlife! Catch me on National Geographic Channel this Sunday 9 July at 8PM (EDT) to see me filming amazing wildlife in Brazil as part of @natgeochannel Earth Live hosted by @janelynchofficial #followme @stevewinterphoto to see more images from my work with @natgeo and Thanks!! @stevewinterphoto @reddigitalcinema @natgeo @nglive #nglive @natgeochannel @natgeowild @thephotosociety @natgeocreative #fursforlife#BCI#bigcatsintiative #startwith1thing @pantheracats @pantanalsafaris #canonusa #redcine @africanparksnetwork #flamingo #ldfoundation @leonardodicaprio @sanctuaryasia @bertiegregory

2017/07/07 01:11:40
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@natgeo @stevewinterphoto Here's a shot I took of a spotted hyena in South Africa's Timbavati while on assignment for @natgeo magazine while working on a worldwide leopard story (December 2015). While trying to get a shot of a female leopard and her two cubs this hyena triggered my camera! The Timbavati is an important refuge for species like this hyena, lions and leopards which are facing increasing pressure from poaching and conflict with livestock farmers across much of sub-Saharan Africa. In all the reserve and its neighbouring properties comprise an area of 1 800 square kilometres and this connects to the massive Kruger National Park (19 485 square kilometres)! We need to find pragmatic solutions for human-wildlife conflict and the bushmeat crisis in Africa. By saving big cats and other large carnivores we can save entire ecosystems. National Geographic's Big Cat Initiative is leading the way in developing tools to help people and large carnivores co-exist in harmony. Visit www.causeanuproar.org today and help us to save Africa's big cats and carnivores, #bigcatsforever Follow me @stevewinterphoto to other images and [email protected]@natgeo @nglive #nglive @natgeochannel@[email protected] @natgeocreative #fursforlife #BCI#bigcatsintiative #startwith1thing @pantheracats @pantanalsafaris #canonusa #redcine @africanparksnetwork 
#ldfoundation @leonardodicaprio @sanctuaryasia

2017/07/05 21:11:54
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@natgeo @stevewinterphoto I'm working on a worldwide jaguar story for @natgeo (catch it in the December 2017 issue) and much of my time has been spent in the Brazilian Pantanal with @bertiegregory. Jaguars here are incredibly relaxed and can often be seen along the riverbank and even like this young cub, in trees! This cub would climb up the tree to avoid the wild peccaries below! Big cats like this jaguar are important for the healthy functioning of ecosystems and they regulate prey densities which can have impacts on vegetation and soil - so by keeping jaguars healthy we can keep the whole ecosystem healthy! #follow me @stevewinterphoto for more photographs and videos of big cats and wild places. @natgeo @natgeocreative @natgeowild @reddigitalcinema #canonusa #jaguars #bigcatsforlife #wildlifephotojournalism #videooftheday #instawild #instagood #startwith1thing #bigcatsintiative

2017/07/04 19:37:11
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@natgeo @stevewinterphoto Life as a lion cub can sometimes be tough! Did you know that young lions like this one sometimes get killed by adult males, which want to mate with their mothers! This process is known as infanticide and happens in everything from chimpanzees to langurs, and is also a big trait in wild cats! To stop males from killing their cubs females will often fight, growl at and scratch males which want to kill or evict their cubs from the pride. If this doesn’t work they may become temporary nomads and move into a new area for a period! Big cats like this young African lion have fascinated me for over 25 years since my first jaguar story for @natgeo magazine. It is our responsibility to give the next generation of big cats a fighting chance in the wild. National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative is working towards the conservation of African lions, leopards and cheetahs across Africa. Increasing anti-poaching efforts, installing protective bomas to stop lion-cattle conflict and monitoring big cats numbers with camera traps. Visit https://www.nationalgeographic.org/projects/big-cats-initiative/ to find out how you can help save big cats today, and remember by saving apex predators like lions and tigers we keep ecosystems balanced and healthy! Follow me @stevewinterphoto @natgeo @nglive #nglive @ngwild #natgeowild @thephotosociety #NatGeoCreative #onassignment #wildlifeconservation #inthefield #wildlifephotojournalism #BCI #bigcatsintiative #photooftheday #beauty #lion @africanparksnetwork
 #wildaid #BCI #bigcatsintiative #startwith1thing @pantheracats #canonusa @reddigitalcinema @africanparksnetwork #ldfoundation @leonardodicaprio @sanctuaryasia

2017/06/30 17:27:27
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@natgeo @stevewinterphoto I am working on a worldwide jaguar story across the America's. Here is a shot of a jaguar in full bound going after a caiman in Brazil's Pantanal! There is no better place to see this incredible big cat and jaguar tourism is helping to save the species here! In two months me and my cameraman @bertiegregory saw these cats hunt caiman and capybara, females take cubs up trees and spend time on the riverbank! Jaguars are important apex predators which help shape the structure of prey communities which in turn has effects on vegetation and even river bank soil! #follow me @stevewinterphoto for more shots of jaguars and other big cats! #jaguars #instagood #instawild #wildlifeshooters #bigcatsforlife @natgeo @reddigitalcinema @natgeocreative @natgeowild #beauty #bigcat

2017/06/28 16:15:44
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@natgeo @stevewinterphoto Here's a birds eye view of the Iquitos várzea, a type of flooded forest in the Peruvian amazon. This was shot by me @stevewinterphoto and my assistant @alexbraczkowski near Iquitos, the largest city in the Peruvian Amazon east of the Andes. I am here documenting jaguars and how indigenous people use jaguars in culture and medicine as part of my worldwide @natgeo magazine story on the species which comes out in December 2017! This particular patch of rainforest near Iquitos, Peru has nearly 900 species of flora and over 130 mammals, 330 different birds and 150 amphibians and reptiles living in it! Nearly half a million people also live and depend on this rainforest and its river for food, water and tourism. This area has some of the most fertile soil in the world thanks to the sediments washed down from the Andes. We need to protect these forest systems which are the lungs of the earth! #follow me @stevewinterphoto for more shots of wild places, human cultures and wildlife! @natgeo @natgeocreative #peru #beautifulperu @reddigitalcinema #bigcatsinitative #amazonas #amazon #instawild #videooftheday #wildlifeshooters #instagood @leonardodicaprio #jaguar #lookingforjaguars

2017/06/27 14:37:07
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@natgeo @stevewinterphoto I'm working on a jaguar story across the America's. Here is a photograph I got of a mother and cub on the banks of the Pantanal river, Brazil. This female and her cub were particularly relaxed and didn't mind the presence of my boat! Catch this worldwide coverage of the America's largest cat in the December 2017 issue of @natgeo magazine! Jaguars are apex predators and are key for the healthy functioning of ecosystems! They regulate prey numbers (species like caiman, peccary and capybara) which can affect vegetation structure and even destabilize soil! We need to protect these cats who help protect the forest! #follow me @stevewinterphoto for more shots of jaguars, people and wild places! @natgeo @bertiegregory @reddigitalcinema #wildlifephotojournalism #beauty #wildlifeshooters #instawild #instagood #jaguars @pantheracats #bigcatsforlife

2017/07/09 15:05:31
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Super Jag!!! An oldie but a goodie from the Pantanal. Reving up for my Earth Live bit tonight! I'm just a small part of this epic show. Earth Live is broadcasting from 6 continents and over a dozen locations - all this to bring the natural world directly to you! AND ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN! Click on the link in my bio for show details and stay tuned for more beautiful shots from this amazing place. #EarthLive #wildearth #wildlife #onassignment #Brazil @natgeo @nglive #nglive @natgeochannel @natgeowild @natgeocreative #jaguars #WhattoWatch #mustseeTV

2017/06/20 22:29:47
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@stevewinterphoto @natgeo I am working on a worldwide @natgeo Jaguar story (coming out in the December 2017 issue of @natgeo magazine). Here is a young jaguar which looked up at my camera - taking a break from a meal! Jaguars are the 3rd largest of the big cats. Found from the 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. “When the buying stops, the killing can too.” @wildaid @bertiegregory 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. Please visit CauseAnUproar.org to find out other ways to become involved to save big cats! #follow me @stevewinterphoto to see more images from my work with @natgeo and Thanks!! @stevewinterphoto @natgeo @nglive #nglive #jaguar #instagood #instawild #wildlifeshooters #beauty #wildlifephotojournalism @natgeochannel @natgeowild @thephotosociety @natgeocreative #fursforlife #BCI @reddigitalcinema

2017/06/22 15:20:42
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@natgeo @stevewinterphoto Here is a young jaguar which I photographed a few months back for my worldwide @natgeo Jaguar story (coming out in the December 2017 issue of @natgeo magazine). He's actually eating a cow which his mom killed! Conflict with ranchers is one of the main reasons jaguars are declining in some parts of South and Central America, but in the Pantanal things are getting better because of the value jaguars have in the ecotourism trade! These cats each bring thousands of US$ in revenue each year, so it makes sense for ranchers to tolerate them more! I shot this with my cameraman @bertiegregory 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. Please visit CauseAnUproar.org to find out other ways to become involved to save big cats! #follow me @stevewinterphoto to see more images from my work with @natgeo and Thanks!! @stevewinterphoto @natgeo @nglive #nglive #jaguar #instagood #instawild #wildlifeshooters #beauty #wildlifephotojournalism @natgeochannel @natgeowild @thephotosociety @natgeocreative #fursforlife #BCI @reddigitalcinema

2017/06/04 05:09:22
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@natgeo @stevewinterphoto I photographed this adolescent lion in the Tswalu Kalahari Reserve located in the semi-desert landscape of northwestern South Africa. Did you know that on average this place gets just over 200 mm of rainfall per year, and lions here like to hunt gemsbok and blue wildebeest. African lion populations are declining across much of sub-Saharan Africa and the use of snares for bushmeat poaching is the most important threat facing lions and their prey. We can all do our part in helping lions and other big cats in Africa. Participating in ethical tourism and donating to evidence-based conservation projects are two important actions we can all take to help save big cats! National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative is working towards the conservation of African lions, leopards and cheetahs across Africa. Increasing anti-poaching efforts, installing protective bomas to stop lion-cattle conflict and monitoring big cats numbers with camera traps. Visit https://www.nationalgeographic.org/projects/big-cats-initiative/ to find out how you can help save big cats today, and remember by saving apex predators like lions and tigers we keep ecosystems balanced and healthy! Follow me @stevewinterphoto @natgeo @nglive #nglive @ngwild #natgeowild @thephotosociety #NatGeoCreative #onassignment #fursforlife #wildlifeconservation #inthefield #wildlifephotojournalism #BCI #bigcatsintiative #photooftheday #beauty #lion @africanparksnetwork
 #wildaid #BCI #bigcatsintiative #startwith1thing @pantheracats @pantanalsafaris #canonusa @reddigitalcinema @africanparksnetwork #ldfoundation @leonardodicaprio @sanctuaryasia

2017/06/26 17:44:36
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@natgeo @stevewinterphoto Up up and away! I've been filming cheetahs in the heart of South Africa's Free State province with my assistant @alexbraczkowski. 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! Did you know that cheetahs have good hunting success! These two males along with one other female ate 80 blesbuck, nearly 100 springbuck and some hartebeest calves in just five months! Follow me @stevewinterphoto for more awesome shots of big cats like these! @stevewinterphoto #onassignment #cheetah #wildlifeconservation #inthefield #wildlifephotojournalism #bigcatsintiative #photooftheday #beauty @cheetahconservationfund @tigerlilycheetah #redcine @africanparksnetwork @reddigitalcinema

2017/06/21 15:35:22
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@natgeo @stevewinterphoto BOOM!!!!!! Look at this sequence of a jaguar swimming, diving and hunting after a caiman on the banks of the pantanal river, Brazil! This was shot as part of my worldwide @natgeo jaguar story (it comes out December 2017!). Jaguars are the most incredible swimmers and are very comfortable in water! We need to realize deep in our hearts that animals like this jaguar have emotions too. If we can treat them better - maybe we could find some empathy inside of us to treat each other better also. We need to fight for the right of jaguars to live - peacefully and without being killed for the traditional medicine market, and other trade. Help stop the demand for endangered species used in this practice! “When the buying stops, the killing can too” #wildaid 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. The forests and grasslands of big cats give us 50% of our oxygen and 75% of fresh water. If we can save big cats we can help save ourselves! Join National Geographic's Big Cat Initiative, www.causeanuproar.org #bigcatsforever Follow me @stevewinterphoto to other images and thanks! @stevewinterphoto @natgeo @nglive @reddigitalcinema #nglive #instagood #wildlifeshooters #inthefield #instawild @natgeochannel @natgeowild @thephotosociety @natgeocreative #fursforlife #BCI #bigcatsintiative #startwith1thing @pantheracats @pantanalsafaris #canonusa #redcine @africanparksnetwork #jaguar @leonardodicaprio @sanctuaryasia @bertiegregory

2017/06/06 01:02:17
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@natgeo @stevewinterphoto Remote camera traps are one of my most important pieces of equipment when I am on assignment photographing big cats for National Geographic Magazine. But it's not just big cats that my camera traps capture! Here are just five images out of two months of camera trapping in South Africa's Timbavati Game Reserve in November and December of 2014. African wild cat, leopard, white rhinoceros, spotted hyena, scrub hare, steenbok and even a civet all broke the transmitter beam to take their awesome selfies! These images were taken on assignment for my @natgeo worldwide leopard story (December 2015). The Timbavati is an important refuge for species like these and is a part of the greater Kruger National Park in northeastern South Africa. We need to find pragmatic solutions to save these species, and in most parts of Africa they are all affected by wire snare poaching and bushmeat, habitat loss and conflict with people (especially livestock farmers). By increasing protection, anti poaching patrols, building stronger fences and having intel on the ground wildlife can make a comeback! Look out for more awesome images like this from me and don't forget to follow [email protected] thanks!
This camera trap was set with @alexbraczkowski and @bertiegregory. @stevewinterphoto @natgeo[email protected]@reddigitalcinema #instagood #instawild #wildlifeaddicts #wildlife #animallovers #wildlifelovers #leopard [email protected]@[email protected]@[email protected][email protected]@[email protected]@leonardodicaprio

2017/07/04 19:37:11
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@natgeo @stevewinterphoto Life as a lion cub can sometimes be tough! Did you know that young lions like this one sometimes get killed by adult males, which want to mate with their mothers! This process is known as infanticide and happens in everything from chimpanzees to langurs, and is also a big trait in wild cats! To stop males from killing their cubs females will often fight, growl at and scratch males which want to kill or evict their cubs from the pride. If this doesn’t work they may become temporary nomads and move into a new area for a period! Big cats like this young African lion have fascinated me for over 25 years since my first jaguar story for @natgeo magazine. It is our responsibility to give the next generation of big cats a fighting chance in the wild. National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative is working towards the conservation of African lions, leopards and cheetahs across Africa. Increasing anti-poaching efforts, installing protective bomas to stop lion-cattle conflict and monitoring big cats numbers with camera traps. Visit https://www.nationalgeographic.org/projects/big-cats-initiative/ to find out how you can help save big cats today, and remember by saving apex predators like lions and tigers we keep ecosystems balanced and healthy! Follow me @stevewinterphoto @natgeo @nglive #nglive @ngwild #natgeowild @thephotosociety #NatGeoCreative #onassignment #wildlifeconservation #inthefield #wildlifephotojournalism #BCI #bigcatsintiative #photooftheday #beauty #lion @africanparksnetwork
 #wildaid #BCI #bigcatsintiative #startwith1thing @pantheracats #canonusa @reddigitalcinema @africanparksnetwork #ldfoundation @leonardodicaprio @sanctuaryasia

2017/07/23 17:35:03
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@natgeo @stevewinterphoto Did you know that African lions are the only cats that live in groups, called prides. All of the females you see in a pride are related. Young male cubs like the one at the back of this photo leave their pride when they are about 2-3 years old, while females stay. Lion prides usually feature one or two males, a dozen or more female lionesses and a few cubs, but in rare cases can number 25 or 30 members! That’s a lot of mouths to feed! Big cats like this young African lion have fascinated me for over 25 years since my first jaguar story for @natgeo magazine. It is our responsibility to give the next generation of big cats a fighting chance in the wild. National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative is working towards the conservation of African lions, leopards and cheetahs across Africa. Increasing anti-poaching efforts, installing protective bomas to stop lion-cattle conflict and monitoring big cats numbers with camera traps. Visit https://www.nationalgeographic.org/projects/big-cats-initiative/ to find out how you can help save big cats today, and remember by saving apex predators like lions and tigers we keep ecosystems balanced and healthy! Follow me @stevewinterphoto @natgeo @nglive #nglive @ngwild #natgeowild @thephotosociety #NatGeoCreative #onassignment #wildlifeconservation #inthefield #wildlifephotojournalism #BCI #bigcatsintiative #photooftheday #beauty #lion @africanparksnetwork
 #wildaid #BCI #bigcatsintiative #startwith1thing @pantheracats #canonusa @reddigitalcinema @africanparksnetwork #ldfoundation @leonardodicaprio @sanctuaryasia

2017/07/11 21:37:10
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@stevewinterphoto @natgeo This was shot for my @natgeo Leopard story that appeared in the Dec 2015 issue of National Geographic Magazine. Here is a leopard photographed on one of Yala National Park's remote beaches with a camera trap I set with @alexbraczkowski, @bertiegregory and @kulu_safaris. Sri-Lanka's Yala National Park is incredible because it is a place where tropical forests and the Indian ocean meet, and where leopards hang out on the beach! In just two months of camera-trapping we recorded sambar deer, wild boar, turtles, sloth bears and leopards all walking on Yala's beaches. Leopards like this one are apex predators and their protection is critical to the health of the entire ecosystem. Remember just as an example of the importance of their homes - the forests. 50% of our oxygen comes from forest - the other 50% from the oceans. 75% of fresh water comes from forests. So if we can save big cats - we can help save ourselves. National Geographic launched the Big Cats Initiative to raise awareness and implement change to the dire situation facing leopards and other big cats. Please visit CauseAnUproar.org to find out more about Build a Boma and other ways to become involved to save big cats! Give a High 5 for big cats! #5forbigcats @ www.causeanuproar.org #follow me @stevewinterphoto to see other images, thanks! @natgeo @thephotosociety @natgeocreative @reddigitalcinema #bigcatsforever #ivoryfree #wildaid #bigcatsforever #beauty #me #follow #love #leopards #photooftheday #picoftheday #smile #beauty #friends #instamood #instafollow #nature #wildlife #5forbigcats #rhinoswithoutborders #cute

2017/06/27 14:37:07
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@natgeo @stevewinterphoto I'm working on a jaguar story across the America's. Here is a photograph I got of a mother and cub on the banks of the Pantanal river, Brazil. This female and her cub were particularly relaxed and didn't mind the presence of my boat! Catch this worldwide coverage of the America's largest cat in the December 2017 issue of @natgeo magazine! Jaguars are apex predators and are key for the healthy functioning of ecosystems! They regulate prey numbers (species like caiman, peccary and capybara) which can affect vegetation structure and even destabilize soil! We need to protect these cats who help protect the forest! #follow me @stevewinterphoto for more shots of jaguars, people and wild places! @natgeo @bertiegregory @reddigitalcinema #wildlifephotojournalism #beauty #wildlifeshooters #instawild #instagood #jaguars @pantheracats #bigcatsforlife

2017/06/13 19:14:41
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@natgeo @stevewinterphoto The Kamchatka brown bear is the largest bear in the whole of Eurasia, a type of brown bear, it gets up to 650 kg and 3 metres tall. They eat everything from seven different types of salmon to pine nuts and berries. In a few remote protected areas in Russia's Kamchatka peninsula, these brown bears reach their highest densities on earth. However increased road construction and mineral exploration is fragmenting populations across the peninsula. There may be only 10-14 000 of these incredible bears left in Kamchatka (an area the size of California). We need to find ways to live alongside wildlife like these bears. They are apex predators and critical umbrella species for entire ecosystems. National Geographic is continuously finding new ways to try and encourage co-existence between wildlife and people and ultimately it will be this co-existence that will allow these enigmatic species to survive. #follow me @stevewinterphoto for more shots of incredible wildlife, people and wild places around the world. @reddigitalcinema @natgeo @nglive #nglive @natgeochannel @natgeowild @thephotosociety @natgeocreative #kamchatka #BCI #bigcatsintiative #startwith1thing @pantheracats #beautifulrussia #canonusa #redcine @africanparksnetwork #wildlifeaddicts #beauty #natgeo #wildshots #inthefield #ldfoundation @leonardodicaprio

2017/06/19 17:48:43
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@natgeo @stevewinterphoto Here's a shout out to all the dads out there, looking after their kids! Here's a young African elephant calf I photographed earlier last month in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve, South Africa. Did you know these youngsters are born weighing only about 200 lbs, but the biggest African elephant bull can get to 15 000 lbs at maturity! African elephants are facing a number of threats in the wild including commercial ivory poaching, habitat loss (and the loss of corridors) and conflict with crop famers over food. There are some positive signs when it comes to elephant poaching and 2017 is the year when China will phase out its legal ivory trade! Hong-Kong has made a commitment to ban ivory by 2021! We need people to spread the message that ivory is worth more on elephants while they are alive, and that ivory products are not cool! We need to fight for the right of African elephants, tigers, pangolins and other species used in traditional medicine to live peacefully! Help stop the demand for endangered species used in this practice! “When the buying stops, the killing can too” #wildaid. African elephants are mega herbivores and their grazing and browsing shapes entire ecosystems (they are keystone species). The forests and grasslands where elephants live give us 50% of our oxygen and 75% of fresh water. Follow me @stevewinterphoto @natgeo @nglive #nglive @ngwild #natgeowild @thephotosociety @reddigitalcinema #NatGeoCreative #onassignment #elephant #wildlifeconservation #inthefield #wildlifephotojournalism #BCI #wildaid #photooftheday #beauty #elephantlove @africanparksnetwork
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2017/07/07 19:32:44
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@natgeo @stevewinterphoto I took this photograph of American flamingos roosting in the full moon at the Rio Lagartos Biosphere Reserve on the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. This incredible wetland area is one of the world's most unique wetlands because of its hypersalinity. The flamingos come here in great numbers to feed, nest and reproduce and more than 43 000 have been counted on the broader Yucatan coast. This wetland, mangrove and forest area is protected because of the flamingo - so everything ABOVE the water - like the jaguars, iguanas and birds and BELOW the water - the mangroves, fish, rays, dolphins, and nesting sea turtles are all protected because of this amazing RED bird!! Visit Rio Legatos today to catch these flamingos and other incredible wildlife! Catch me on National Geographic Channel this Sunday 9 July at 8PM (EDT) to see me filming amazing wildlife in Brazil as part of @natgeochannel Earth Live hosted by @janelynchofficial #followme @stevewinterphoto to see more images from my work with @natgeo and Thanks!! @stevewinterphoto @reddigitalcinema @natgeo @nglive #nglive @natgeochannel @natgeowild @thephotosociety @natgeocreative #fursforlife#BCI#bigcatsintiative #startwith1thing @pantheracats @pantanalsafaris #canonusa #redcine @africanparksnetwork #flamingo #ldfoundation @leonardodicaprio @sanctuaryasia @bertiegregory

2017/06/30 17:27:27
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@natgeo @stevewinterphoto I am working on a worldwide jaguar story across the America's. Here is a shot of a jaguar in full bound going after a caiman in Brazil's Pantanal! There is no better place to see this incredible big cat and jaguar tourism is helping to save the species here! In two months me and my cameraman @bertiegregory saw these cats hunt caiman and capybara, females take cubs up trees and spend time on the riverbank! Jaguars are important apex predators which help shape the structure of prey communities which in turn has effects on vegetation and even river bank soil! #follow me @stevewinterphoto for more shots of jaguars and other big cats! #jaguars #instagood #instawild #wildlifeshooters #bigcatsforlife @natgeo @reddigitalcinema @natgeocreative @natgeowild #beauty #bigcat