The Frans Lanting Studio in Santa Cruz, California, is the home base for Frans Lanting and his partner, Chris Eckstrom. We promote knowledge and understanding about the earth and its natural history through images and ideas that convey a passion for nature and a sense of wonder – and concern – about our living planet. Through our work and our alliances, we aim to create leverage for conservation efforts ranging from local initiatives to global campaigns.
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National Geographic

The National Geographic Society has been inspiring people to care about the planet since 1888. It is one of the largest non-profit scientific and educational institutions in the world. For more than 25 years, Frans Lanting and Chris Eckstrom have produced images and stories for National Geographic, where Frans has also served as a Photographer-in-Residence.

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The largest privately supported international conservation organization in the world, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is dedicated to conserving nature and reducing the most pressing threats to the diversity of life on Earth. Frans Lanting has served on the National Council of the World Wildlife Fund for 15 years, and he and Chris Eckstrom actively support their programs, both in the USA and internationally.

Conservation International

Conservation International (CI) focuses on protecting the nature we all rely on for food, fresh water, and livelihoods. Their mission is to conserve the Earth’s living natural heritage and to demonstrate that human societies are able to live harmoniously with nature. Frans Lanting has covered many of the biodiversity hotspots that are among CI’s core interests, and he serves on CI’s Leadership Council.


WildAid works to reduce global consumption of wildlife products and to increase local support for conservation efforts. Its motto is: “When the buying stops, the killing can too.” WildAid also works with governments and partners to protect marine reserves from illegal fishing and shark finning, to enhance public and political will for anti-poaching efforts, and to reduce climate change impacts. Frans Lanting serves on WildAid’s International Board.


The Wildlife Conservation Network fosters the entrepreneurial spirit in the field of conservation. It partners with independent, community-based conservationists around the world and provides them with the resources they need to develop solutions for human-wildlife coexistence. Frans Lanting and Chris Eckstrom are engaged with WCN through coverage of its researchers in the field and through support of their programs.

International League of Conservation Photographers

The International League of Conservation Photographers furthers environmental and cultural conservation through ethical photography.  Its members work with scientists, policy makers, government leaders, and conservation groups to translate conservation science into compelling visual messages showing both the beauty and wonder of the natural world and the challenges facing it. Frans Lanting has been a Fellow of the iLCP since its inception.

Bonobo Conservation Initiative

The Bonobo Conservation Initiative (BCI) is a nonprofit based in Washington, D.C., and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Its mission is to protect bonobos, preserve their tropical rain forest habitat, and empower local communities in the Congo Basin. BCI is the only international organization solely dedicated to protecting wild bonobos and their habitat.

Save the Elephants

The mission of Save The Elephants is to secure a future for elephants in harmony with people. Though primarily based in Samburu National Reserve, Kenya, STE has projects across Africa focusing on elephants and community conservation programs.

National Geographic

National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative works to halt the decline of lions, tigers, cheetahs, leopards, and other big cats in the wild. Founded with filmmakers and conservationists Dereck and Beverly Joubert, BCI supports efforts to save big cats through assessment, on-the-ground conservation, education, and global public-awareness campaigns.

Cheetah Conservation Fund

The Cheetah Conservation Fund is dedicated to saving the cheetah in the wild. It has developed programs that work to address the welfare of both cheetah and human populations over large landscapes, and it has stabilized the wild cheetah population in Namibia, where CCF is based.

Cheetah Conservation Botswana

Cheetah Conservation Botswana (CCB) aims to preserve the nation’s cheetah population through research, community outreach, and conservation education. Botswana’s cheetah population is the world’s second largest, after Namibia, and the country’s location in the center of southern Africa is crucial to facilitate connectivity between other regional populations.

Bay Area Puma Project

The Bay Area Puma Project (BAPP) seeks to shed light on critical conservation challenges facing the puma, or mountain lion, and works to engage the public through creative tools and interactive education. Frans Lanting collaborates with the Puma Project to document the lives of mountain lions in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

California Marine Sanctuary Foundation

The Sanctuary Foundation advances the understanding and protection of the Monterey Bay and Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuaries and other coastal and ocean resources in California. It supports projects in education, research, and resource protection for conserving and protecting California’s extraordinary marine environment and resources.

Save our Shores

Save Our Shores is a non-profit marine conservation organization with a home base in Santa Cruz, California. Its mission is to protect and conserve the marine ecosystems of California’s central coast for all generations.

Seymour Marine Discovery Center, Santa Cruz

The Seymour Marine Discovery Center is part of the Joseph M. Long Marine Laboratory, a research and education facility of the University of California, Santa Cruz. The lab serves as a base for field research in Monterey Bay and the ocean beyond. Frans Lanting and Chris Eckstrom have supported the Seymour Center for years with popular community benefit shows.  Frans also serves as an honorary director of the Long Marine Lab.

Lanting UCSC Arboretum

The Arboretum at the University of California, Santa Cruz is a research and teaching facility committed to plant conservation and serves both the campus and the public. Its rich and diverse collection contains representatives of more than 300 plant families, including collections of rare and threatened plants of unusual scientific interest.

The Future For Nature Foundation supports young, talented, and ambitious nature conservationists committed to protecting species of wild animals and plants. By regcognizing and awarding a new generation of nature conservationists who are making a difference for the future of nature, FFN offers them the opportunity to meet like-minded individuals and fosters a community in which they learn from each other and continue their fight for nature.