Saving the World's Most Endangered Big Cat
About the Book
Panthera is excited to share that pre-order sales have begun for the new National Geographic book, Tigers Forever: Saving the World's Most Endangered Big Cat, by Panthera’s Media Director and National Geographic photographer, Steve Winter. A portion of proceeds from the sale of Tigers Forever will go to Panthera’s Tigers Forever program, to help ensure the survival of the species long into the future.
Illustrating the story of the fight to protect and grow the last 3,200 wild tigers, this stunning book features over 100 beautiful photographs of wild tigers, threats facing the species, anti-poaching patrols, and the landscapes and people of India, Thailand, Myanmar and Indonesia that share their homes with this iconic species. Paired with these images are the stories, written by Winter and his co-author, environmental journalist, Sharon Guynup, of the tiger, and Panthera’s scientists, partners and others working on the ground, to ensure a future for the species.
Tigers, the largest of the big cats, are in trouble. A century ago, more than 100,000 roamed Asia. Just 3,200 tigers are estimated to remain in the wild today, inhabiting less than seven percent of their former range. Disappearing habitat and prey, intense poaching for the black market wildlife trade, and growing conflict with humans, are all threatening the tiger’s ultimate survival. Winter spent a decade in search of wild tigers, devoted to capturing their magnificence and telling their story, hoping to reinvigorate global concern and shine as spotlight on the issues and solutions to help save them. In Tigers Forever, he shares his intimate images of tigers—as well as Indian rhinos, Asian elephants, and other prey that shares their jungle habitat—and documents the threats that face them.
Co-authored by Guynup are tales of Winter’s incredible field experiences: expeditions following the newly-reopened World War II Ledo Road deep into Myanmar’s leech-infested jungles; months working with biologists in Thailand trapping and GPS-collaring tigers; on field maneuvers with a wildlife protection force in Sumatra; months spent up close with tigers in India’s reserves; encounters with hunters, poachers, tribal elders, charging rhinos—and top tiger biologists and conservationists.
Overall, this book tells the story of the tiger, and the bold initiatives and efforts of many to save it. As Winter notes, “By saving tigers, you’re saving everything else in its kingdom.”
Tigers Forever includes introductions by the founding members of Panthera’s Tigers Forever program, CEO Dr. Alan Rabinowitz and founding Board Member J. Michael Cline, along with a foreword from Panthera’s Vice President, Dr. George Schaller.
Shipments of the hard-cover, 224 page Tigers Forever book begin in November.
About the Authors
Steve Winter is the Director of Media for Panthera and has been a National Geographic photographer for almost two decades. Since beginning his career as a photojournalist, Winter has produced stories for GEO, National Geographic, Time, Newsweek, Fortune, Natural History, Audubon, Business Week, Scientific American, and Stern, among others. He has also photographed for non-profit organizations and commercial clients including the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Merck Pharmaceuticals, and Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation.
Winter became a National Geographic Society Photographer in 1991, covering a multitude of subjects for the magazine, including Cuba, Russia's giant Kamchatka bears, tigers in Myanmar's Hukaung Valley, life along Myanmar's Irrawaddy River, jaguars in Latin America, and snow leopards in Ladakh, India. Today, Winter continues to play a significant role in highlighting the state of wildlife around the world, threats facing these species and the heroic work being done to protect them.
In 2008, Winter was honored with BBC’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year for his photograph of a snow leopard taken in Ladakh. One of the images captured on this trip was recently selected as one of the “Top 40 Nature Photos of All Time” by the International League of Conservation Photographers. In 2011 and 2012, Winter received the Global Vision Award from Pictures of the Year International for two series of images taken in Indonesia, Thailand and India that show both the beauty and natural history of tigers, and document the conflict between tigers and the people that share their habitats. Also in 2012, Winter received the prestigious Wildlife Photojournalist of the Year Award and the Runner-up Prize for The Gerald Durrell Award for Endangered Species from the 2012 Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition for images also taken in Indonesia, Thailand and India.
Tigers Forever author, Sharon Guynup, writes on science, wildlife conservation, and environmental issues. Her work has appeared in publications including Smithsonian, Scientific American, The Huffington Post, The Boston Globe, BBC Wildlife, and Audubon. Guynup launched The State of the Wild book series analyzing the status of the world’s wildlife and wild lands, published by Island Press.
Tigers Forever Program
Launched in 2006 after decades of continuing tiger declines, Tigers Forever is changing the face of tiger conservation. Tigers Forever makes a unique commitment to increase tiger numbers at key sites by at least 50% over a 10-year period by relentlessly attacking the most critical threats to tigers – poaching of tigers and their prey. Utilizing rigorous science to maintain constant vigilance on conservation efforts and on the tiger itself, this transformative program is the only one of its kind to guarantee success – the recovery of the wild tiger.
On the Trail of the Tiger
A NatGeo Live! Lecture by Panthera Media Director Steve Winter about his travels through India, Sumatra, and Thailand to photograph the dwindling populations of tigers in these countries.
Robot vs. Tiger
A NatGeo Live! Lecture by Panthera Media Director Steve Winter and his use of a remote controlled camera to get “up close and personal” with tigers in the wild.