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
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.
by Big Life Rangers
Arrests since 2011
Poaching tools seized since 2011
...will pay for the salary and upkeep of one ranger for one month.
...will keep the Super Cub plane in Kenya in the air for one hour of aerial monitoring.
...will equip and replace equipment for a ranger for one year.
...will purchase a camera trap in the rhino habitat area.
...will purchase a hand-held Radio for rangers
...will cover fuel costs on one vehicle for one month.
...will cover the costs of the informer network for one month in both countries.
...will pay for a set of Night Vision Surveillance equipment.
...will pay for one month of both tracker dog units in Kenya and Tanzania.
...will pay for one lightweight mobile camping unit.
...will cover the cost of a new anti-poaching vehicle.
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...
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
THE ELEPHANTS’ (LITERAL) LINE IN THE SAND : CHAPTER TWO
It’s working well. Just as we hoped. The elephants are no longer walking into a likely war zone. Last year, many of you contributed to the creation of a line of life-saving protection for the elephants of the Amboseli ecosystem.
A BAD WEEK FOR THE BAD GUYS
Ivory is still moving along the trade routes that traverse Kenya, but so is Big Life. Our intelligence network is spreading far and wide, the most recent demonstration being the arrest, working with a Kenya Wildlife Service undercover unit,
22 June 2017
1 zebra killed by vehicle // 1 suspect arrested with 5 snares for bush-meat poaching // Elephants moved away from farms // Hyena killed 2 lost goat & 1 cow // Cheetah killed 1 lost cow
21 June 2017
Cheetah killed 6 goats & 1 calf in 3 incidents // Hyena killed 6 goats & 1 calf in 6 incidents // Elephants raided 1 farm // Rangers moved elephants away from other farms
20 June 2017
Big Life intel resulted in 1 suspect arrested with 10 kg ivory // Small fire reported in Chyulu Hills, rangers put it out // Rangers found lost child // Elephants raided 1 farm, rangers moved elephants away from other farms // Lions killed 1 lost cow // Hyena kill 3 goats inside bomas in separate incidents
19 June 2017
Child reported lost, rangers searching // Elephants damaged 1 farm // Rangers moved elephants away from other farms
18 June 2017
Lions killed 1 cow // Rangers moved cows out of no grazing conservancy