Facebook14Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by The Washington Center for the Performing ArtsThe Washington Center is proud to partner with Feline Friends at our upcoming production of National Geographic Live photographer Steve Winter: On the Trail of Big Cats. Feline Friends is a local non-profit providing services for stray cats and kittens in Thurston and Mason County.They are more than just a shelter. Feline Friends provides the following services to stray cats in their program: rescue, foster care, spay and neuter, and placement into permanent, caring homes. You can read up on the terrific work they do from the happy stories on their website or by browsing through their saving lives photo album.Take care of little cats while you learn about big ones! For every new ticket ‘purr-chased’ using the promo code “FELINEFRIENDS” The Washington Center will donate $2 to Feline Friends. You can also stop by our lobby pre-show to meet their volunteers and learn more about how to support local cats. It’s a win win!The Washington Center Presents:National Geographic Live photographer Steve Winter: On the Trail of Big CatsThursday, February 2, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.Join award-winning National Geographic photographer Steve Winter for a thrilling journey into the world of big cats. From trekking high in India’s Himalaya in search of rare snow leopards and stalking the elusive jaguar through Latin American jungles to chronicling the nocturnal activities of the “American lion” or cougar, this determined explorer ventures far and wide to come face-to-face with his subjects. This is no easy task. Since many big cat species are in danger of extinction, they have good reason to avoid humans.While these felines may be endangered, they’re still wild, unpredictable creatures and caution is required in their presence. Negotiating their habitats can be more dangerous still. Winter has been attacked by rhinos and gotten stuck in quicksand while working in the field. There have been lighter moments as well: mishaps with remote-control cameras, and waiting on a southern California hillside to catch a shot of a cougar under the famous “Hollywood” sign. Throughout it all, Winter’s mission is to share the beauty of big cats while reinvigorating efforts to save them.One of Winter’s snow leopard images won him the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year award. His decade-long project to document the world’s shrinking but resilient tiger species recently culminated in the stunning National Geographic book, Tigers Forever, co-authored with Sharon Guynup. Spend an evening daringly close to tigers, snow leopards, jaguars, and cougars through the unforgettable stories and images of Steve Winter.Tickets can be purchased here.