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


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


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



Arrests since 2011


Poaching tools seized since 2011


Big Life Predator Compensation Fund Film (3 mins)


Big Life Endorsements


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...

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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. 

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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


The satellite collar hadn’t transmitted data in days, it was a bad sign. With each passing hour it seemed less likely that the lioness was simply on a kill in thick bush, with the vegetation blocking the signal. This was looking to be either

Radio Room

15 August 2017

Rangers notified KWS of a python that ate a small goat, KWS relocated it away from communities // Jackal killed 1 goat // Hyena killed 3 goats in 1 incident // Rangers moved elephants away from farms

14 August 2017

Rangers found zebra carcass, burnt by unknown suspects // 1 snare recovered from bush // Hyena killed 23 goats, 3 cows & 1 calf in 7 incidents // Cheetah killed 1 goat // Jackal killed 1 goat // Elephants and eland moved away from farms // Zebra raided 1 farm

13 August 2017

Elephant seriously injured a woman near TZ border, rangers following up // Lion killed 1 cow // Cheetah killed 4 goats in 4 incidents // Hyena killed 6 goats, 2 donkeys, and2 cow calves in 9 incidents // Elephants raided 3 farms & damaged a fruit tree // Rangers moved elephants and zebras away from farms

12 August 2017

Impala killed by vehicle // Rangers put out tree fires in Chyulu Hills // Lions killed 1 cow // Hyena killed 15 goats in 2 incidents // Cheetah killed 2 goats in 2 incidents // Eland raided 1 farm // Rangers moved elephants away from farms

11 August 2017

Elephant treated on 10th died from its wounds, ivory recovered // Elephants raided 2 farms // Hyena killed 3 goats, 2 cows & 1 calf in 6 incidents // Cheetah killed 3 goats in 3 incidents // Jackal killed 4 goat in 4 incidents