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Elephants Walking Through Grass, Amboseli 2008. Leading Matriarch Killed By Poachers, 2009, ©Nick Brandt

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Big Life Rangers with tusks killed at the hands of man, Amboseli 2011, ©Nick Brandt

WELCOME TO BIG LIFE FOUNDATION

Big Life was co-founded by photographer Nick Brandt and award-winning conservationist Richard Bonham in September 2010.

Since its inception, Big Life has expanded to employ hundreds of Maasai rangers—with more than 40 permanent outposts and tent-based field units, 13 vehicles, tracker dogs, and aerial surveillance—protecting 2 million acres of wilderness in the Amboseli-Tsavo-Kilimanjaro ecosystem of East Africa.

Big Life was the first organization in East Africa to establish coordinated cross-border anti-poaching operations.

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Number of kilometers patrolled
by Big Life Rangers

1978456

2438

Arrests since 2011

3578

Poaching tools seized since 2011

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Big Life Predator Compensation Fund Film (3 mins)

 

Big Life Endorsements

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We are very honored that two legends of the African conservation community, Iain Douglas-Hamilton and Cynthia Moss, have endorsed the work that Big Life is doing in the Amboseli ecosystem...

Join Big Life's Monthly Giving Program: Ranger Club

 

Join the Ranger Club, our monthly giving program, at a level appropriate for you, and become a part of our community.  Your generosity will help to fund our programs throughout the year, including the seemingly never-ending work of our rangers. By joining, you support more than just our rangers, who work tirelessly to protect elephants, rhinos, lions and other animals from poaching and retaliatory killing due to human-wildlife conflict. 

Learn more, and sign up to join the Ranger Club today.

 

LIONS UNSCATHED IN CLASH OF MAASAI WARRIORS

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It was a fight that went to the very end. Two warriors locked in battle, matching each other’s every move. This was the final sporting event of Big Life Foundation's Maasai Olympics - lead sponsored by National Geographic and major sponsored

2014 Film: Big Life in Action (6 mins)

 

Big Life News

Bush Journal

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KEEPING TIM OUT OF TROUBLE: ONE YEAR ON

It’s been one year since Big Life worked with partners to collar Tim, the beautiful Amboseli tusker and frequent crop-raider. He has been busy, raiding farms nearly every other night, and keeping rangers on their toes.

Radio Room

20 September 2017

Zebra carcass found, killed by bush-meat poachers, rangers investigating // Community reported elephant chasing people, rangers responded but found no elephants // Cheetah killed 3 goats and 1 cow in 3 incidents // Hyena killed 2 cows & 4 goats in 4 incidents // Lion killed 1 cow

19 September 2017

Hyena killed 15 goats in 4 incidents // Jackal killed 3 goats in 3 incidents // Cheetah killed 1 goat // Elephants raided 1 farm // Rangers moved elephants away from other farms

18 September 2017

Elephants raided 1 farm // Rangers moved elephants away from other farms // Hyena killed 11 goats in 4 incidents

17 September 2017

Big Life intelligence helped arrest 1 suspect with 6 kg ivory // Person chased by elephant (not injured) caused community to demonstrate against wildlife and close the main road // Zebra carcass found with arrow wound // Hyena killed 4 goats & 1 cow in 4 incidents // Jackal killed 1 goat // Cheetah killed 1 goat // Rangers moved elephants away from farms

16 September 2017

Big Life intelligence helped arrest 3 suspects with 35 kg ivory // Rangers moved elephants away from farms // Hyena killed 2 goats in 1 incident // Jackal killed 1 goat

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