National Geographic Live

On the Trail of Big Cats

Go around the world in search of big cats with award-winning photographer Steve Winter.

A determined explorer, Winter will lead you from the Asian jungles where resilient tiger populations persist, to the Himalaya, home of the rare snow leopard. Follow him into the rainforests of Latin America to view the elusive jaguar – and to Hollywood in pursuit of the American cougar.

He’ll share both dangerous and lighter moments: from getting stuck in quicksand to mishaps with remote-controlled cameras. Co-author of the National Geographic book Tigers Forever, Winter’s mission is to share the beauty of big cats while working to save them.

Steve Winter has photographed feature stories for National Geographic magazine for more than 20 years. In addition to producing stories for Time, Newsweek, Fortune, Natural History and Business Week, Winter has made a long-term commitment to the National Geographic Big Cats Initiative, focused on stopping poaching, preserving habitats and supporting education to stop extinction of the world’s large cat species.

Before his presentation at McGlohon Theater, start your safari adventure at Discovery Place Science, where it's all about CATS both big and small!

Identify the genetic and physical adaptations that make both wild and domestic cats the way they are. Get hands on and dirty with what comes out of the front end of some and the back end of all cats. Classify species based on teeth replicas and explore our collection of large cat furs and skulls with our Collections staff.

Steve Winter will begin his presentation in McGlohon Theater at 7:30 p.m., following the pre-show party at Discovery Place Science.

Check-in will be at Tryon St. Admissions.
Cash/credit bars with wine and beer will be available in the Museum, along with light snacks available for purchase. The evening's menu will include:

  • Leopard Pizza - Chewy Crust with Spots of Mozzarella, Tomato & Fresh Basil
  • Safari Pizza with Savannah Sausage & Peppers
  • Grilled Rainforest Kebobs, Corn Cakes & Sweet Potato Fries, Chicken & Pineapple - Mojo Amazon Vegetables - Ancho-Coffee Glazed Pork, Chimichurri or Peri Peri Sauce
  • Specialty Beverages along with a full selection of wine & beer
  • Snow Leopard Salvation -- Tito's Vodka, Pear Liquor, Ginger Beer & Fresh Mint
  • Birdsong Jalapeno Pale Ale
  • South African Wines

Parking fee for Discovery Place Science Parking Deck is not included.

Educators, want to introduce your students to the world of big cats?

Steve Winter also will present a daytime school show on Tuesday, March 26, at the McGlohon Theater, followed by an immersive experience at Discovery Place Science. Daytime shows are available at a discounted rate for school groups only.

For details and booking school shows, call 704.372.6261 x300.

Buy Tickets Online Buy Tickets by Phone 704.335.1010
  • All Ages
  • March 26
  • 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • $19 - $39


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