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


When a bloodhound chooses a direction, the handler has little choice but to follow. As the team closes in on the target, the scents get stronger and the dog grows more confident, pulling ever harder at the leash. By the end, it can be a flat out sprint,

Radio Room

27 April 2017

Rangers and lion Guardians chased lions away from bomas // Elephants moved away from farms

26 April 2017

Elephant carcass reported, ivory intact, cause of death unknown // Ostrich with broken leg reported, rangers euthanised it // Elephants raided 4 farms // Rangers moved elephant away from other farms

25 April 2017

Elephants moved away from farms // Elephants damage boma fence

24 April 2017

Elephant rescued by rangers died // Bush-meat poachers escaped & left 3 dik-dik carcasses behind // Giraffe killed by electric fence // Elephants raided 6 farms // Elephants damaged a boma fence and trees

23 April 2017

Elephant calf found stuck in a well, rangers removed it but it was weak, rangers monitoring it // Lion broke into 2 bomas and killed 5 goats, community calm // Lions killed 1 lost cow and 1 lost calf in separate incidents, community calm // Elephants raided 2 farms and damaged a water tank // Rangers moved elephants away from farms