21 Nov

A Message from Panthera’s Media Director, Steve Winter


For those of you who attended this week’s Tigers Forever presentation at National Geographic Live, and for all of our fans, we wanted to share this message from Panthera’s Media Director, Steve Winter, on how you can help ensure a future for the endangered tiger.

On behalf of myself, Panthera’s CEO and one of the world’s biggest champions for tigers, Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, and my co-author, Sharon Guynup, I wanted to express our sincerest gratitude to those that attended this week’s Tigers Forever presentation at National Geographic. Your enthusiasm, questions and desire to help preserve the most iconic big cat gracing our planet – the wild tiger – is not only invigorating, but also serves as a sign of hope for this endangered species.

Whether sitting atop an elephant or observing from the safety of a jeep, my goal in photographing wild tigers is to capture the grace and beauty of this spectacular species, and to tell the tiger’s story. Armed only with a camera, I seek to illustrate the threats facing the fewer than 3,200 wild tigers that remain and the conservation heroes working on the ground to ensure a future for the tiger, including those working through Panthera’s Tigers Forever program.

In doing so, I hope to create images that move people emotionally, bring international attention to the plight of the tiger, and ultimately, help protect my wild subjects. Many of you have expressed interest in doing just that!

I wanted to share a few ways you can help to save wild tigers:

  • Support Panthera’s Tigers Forever program by making a donation. This initiative serves as the most promising hope for the future of the tiger.
  • Ask your friends and family to join Panthera’s email list and spread the word about our tiger conservation work.
  • Follow me, Panthera and National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative on Facebook to raise awareness about the King of Cats.
  • Tune in to Big Cat Week on Nat Geo WILD starting Friday, November 29, for visually stunning and powerful stories from around the world. Also check out Nat Geo’s Cat Watch blog for news to share with your family and friends.

Be sure to get your copy of the new Panthera-National Geographic book, Tigers Forever: Saving the World’s Most Endangered Big Cat.

Thank you for suporting photographers like myself and the National Geographic Society. Most of all, thank you for caring about the future survival of my favorite big cat, for our generation and those to come.

Steve Winter

National Geographic Photographer and Media Director for Panthera.org