Little cub of hope

Steve Winter's Image

An Indochinese tiger cub, captured with its mother, is here being weighed and measured and its DNA sampled by Thai tiger-team staff at Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary, Thailand.

It was released back into the sanctuary with its mother, who was given a satellite collar so their movements could be tracked. The endangered Indochinese tiger needs all the help it can get. Its population is declining and fragmented and is now substantially below 2,500 throughout its range, with no population larger than 250 (there are fewer than 185 tigers in Thailand). It will soon be classified as critically endangered, along with the Sumatran tiger and the South China tiger (now almost certainly extinct).

Behind the lens

Steve Winter

Steve became a National Geographic photojournalist in 1991 and specialises in photographing big cats. He lectures on photography and conservation issues, selling out venues from the Sydney Opera House in Australia to the Roy Thompson Hall in Toronto, Canada. He won the grand prize for Wildlife Photographer of the Year in 2008.

Image details

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • 16-35mm f2 lens at 24mm
  • 1/8 sec at f9  •   ISO 400
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