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
NEW DESIGN - Big Life Merchandise Available for Limited Time
Big Life’s rangers are known for protecting elephants and rhinos. But our programs in Kenya extend beyond anti-poaching. We’ve partnered with FLOAT to feature one of the other iconic species that live, and thrive, in our area
JUSTICE SERVED – MORE PROSECUTORS MEANS MORE CONVICTIONS
Last week, it was announced that Kenya will be increasing the number of wildlife prosecutors to help convict criminals. At the moment, there are only two such prosecutors responsible for overseeing wildlife crimes in the whole country
POACHERS CAUGHT, IVORY FROM FOUR DEAD ELEPHANTS CONFISCATED
It would be dramatic to call it the Wild West, but the zones outside Big Life’s core area of operation harbor a collection of shady characters, poachers, and ivory dealers included. Big Life has ears on the ivory routes that thread these
AN UPDATE FROM OUR DIRECTOR (Q3 2017)
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,
13 November 2017
Gerenuk killed by electric fence // Elephants raided 3 farms // Rangers moved elephants away from other farms // Hyena killed 7 goats and 1 cow in 4 incidents
12 November 2017
1 suspect arrested for bush-meat poaching, 12 kg impala meat, 1 bow & 12 arrows confiscated // Rangers arrested 1 suspect with dik-dik meat // Zebra killed by vehicle // Same elephant from 11th, damaged thorn fence again, rangers to monitor it // Elephant raided 1 farm // Hyena killed 9 goats and 4 cows in 6 incidents // Leopard killed 1 cow // Cheetah killed 3 goats in 2 incidents
11 November 2017
Rangers arrested 1 suspect with 3 python skins // Eland and 2 zebras died, cause of death unknown, suspected drought // Weak eland reported on 10th inside a fence, was able to get out // Elephants damaged 2 thorn fences // Elephants raided 1 farms // Rangers moved elephants away from other farms // Hyena killed 12 goats in 6 incidents // Cheetah killed 1 goat // Jackal killed 3 goats in 2 incidents
10 November 2017
Zebra injured on leg by machete, unable to move, rangers following up // Eland trapped within wire fence, unable to move, suspected drought, rangers to monitor // Elephants moved away from farms // Hyena killed 9 goats and 7 cows in 7 incidents // Cheetah killed 4 goats in 3 incidents // Jackal killed 2 goats in 1 incident
9 November 2017
Elephants raided 3 farms // Rangers moved elephants away from other farms // Hyena killed 15 goats, 8 cows & 1 calf in 9 incidents // Jackal killed 1 goat // Cheetah killed 1 goat