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


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


Big Life Foundation was founded by photographer Nick Brandt and award winning conservationist Richard Bonham in September 2010.

With Richard Bonham as Director of Operations for Big Life in Africa, and Project Manager Damian Bell in Tanzania, Big Life has now expanded to employ hundreds of local Maasai rangers, with 31 outposts and 15 vehicles protecting 2 million acres of wilderness in the Amboseli-Tsavo-Kilimanjaro ecosystem of East Africa.

Big Life was the first organization in East Africa with co-ordinated 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...

NEW! Big Life Launches Ranger Club


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. 

Learn more, and sign up to join the Ranger Club today.




The chanting rippled through the early morning mist, a tangible vibration more than a sound. Maasai warriors preparing to clash, but on a sports field rather than a battleground.

2014 Film: Big Life in Action (6 mins)


Big Life News

Bush Journal


Today is ‪#‎WorldRangersDay‬. We are honored and humbled by the work wildlife rangers conduct all over the world to protect nature for the benefit of all.

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30 August 2015

KENYA: Rangers found a mentally unstable woman in the bush, they fed her and brought her to the local chief's office // 2 lost goats were found dead, suspected killed by hyena

TANZANIA: Eland & Zebra destroyed 3 farms

29 August 2015

KENYA: Zebra carcass found near road, suspected to have been hit by vehicle // Rangers stopped elephants from raiding farms

28 August 2015

KENYA: Rangers saved dikdik that was about to be attacked by stray dog

27 August 2015

KENYA: Eland destroyed 1 farm // Elephants destroyed 3 farms
TANZANIA: Rangers arrest one bush-meat poacher with eland carcass

25 August 2015

KENYA: 5 bush-meat poachers arrested after killing 1 giraffe // 1 arrested for habitat destruction, found with 3 sacks of charcoal

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