224 pages, 120+ colour photos
Tigers Forever is a dramatically close encounter with tigers in their native lands, documented by award-winning National Geographic photographer Steve Winter, who tells the story of the worldwide fight to protect the species. Fascinating to animal lovers, environmentalists, and all lovers of cats, big and small.
National Geographic presents a testament to these noble, yet deeply endangered tigers. Photographing the big cats' primary habitats in India, Sumatra, and Thailand, in Tigers Forever Steve Winter gets up close and personal with tigers in their most private moments, both tender and terrifying. He tells the story in pictures and words of how he came to be one of the world's foremost advocates for this iconic animal.
Partnering with Panthera, an international big cat advocacy group, Winter is able to weave in the voices of committed people from around the world who dedicate their lives to saving the tiger from extinction, and the inspiring tales of top conservationists; their concerns over the future of tigers; and their solutions, including hard work, community involvement, and indigenous cooperation in India, Sumatra, and Thailand.
With more than 120 images of tigers in the wild and real encounters, Tigers Forever is a page-turner and an inspiration to all who care about protecting the wild.
"A hundred years ago about 100 000 tigers lived in the wild. Today some 3200 individuals remain. Drawing on a decade of tracking tigers throughout Asia, Winter's photographs and Guynup's prose bring readers close – sometimes uncomfortably close – to these creatures and those who fight their extinction. Tucked between beautiful images of the great cats playing and bathing, we find heartbreaking photographs of slain tigers, orphaned cubs and a distressed puppy kept as bait in a poacher's snare. Poachers, the authors explain, sell tiger parts on the black market, often for use in traditional Chinese medicine. Through its portrayal of tigers struggling for survival in a hostile world, Tigers Forever is both a call to action and an indictment of human greed."
- Lee Billings, Scientific American
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Steve Winter is a renowned wildlife photographer who also serves as director of media for Panthera, dedicated to saving the world's 36 big cat species. He began shooting for National Geographic in 1991 and has produced stories for GEO, Time, Newsweek, Fortune, Natural History, Audubon, BusinessWeek, Scientific American, and Stern, among other publications. He has won numerous wildlife photography awards internationally, most recently the 2012 Veolia Environment Wildlife Photojournalist of the Year Award.