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 end of the dry season is always a tense time for both people and wildlife, everything is in short supply, which manifests itself in many different ways. Hungry wildlife push the boundaries leaving safe areas in search of fodder, and worse,

Radio Room

18 November 2017

Elephant calf carcass found, cause of death suspected drought // Elephants raided 1 farm // Rangers moved elephants away from other farms // Hyena killed 6 goats and 3 cows in 7 incidents // Cheetah killed 1 goat // Jackal killed 1 goat

17 November 2017

Rangers confirmed KWS took ivory from elephant carcass reported on 16th // Elephants raided 2 farms // Elephants moved away from other farms before causing damage // Caracal killed 1 cow // Hyena killed 4 goats inside a boma

16 November 2017

Elephant carcass found, ivory missing, rangers investigating // Bushbuck killed by domestic dogs // Elephants raided 2 farms // Rangers moved elephants away from other farms // Hyena killed 4 goats and 1 cow in 4 incidents // Jackal killed 1 goat

15 November 2017

Dying elephant with sub-adult calf reported, rangers responded, the female was dead , ivory removed & rangers monitoring calf // Cows moved from no-grazing zone // Eland and giraffe carcass found, cause of death unknown, suspected natural // Elephants raided 1 farm // Rangers moved elephants away from other farms // Hyena killed 4 goats and 2 cows in 6 incidents // Cheetah killed 2 goats in 2 incidents // Jackal killed 2 goats in 2 incidents

14 November 2017

Rangers moved an elephant off a road it was blocking // Elephants moved away from farms // Lions killed 1 cow and 1 goat in 2 incidents // Hyena killed 4 cows and 1 donkey in 3 incidents // Cheetah killed 1 cow and 1 goat in 2 incidents