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

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

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.

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Number of kilometers patrolled
by Big Life Rangers

1670897

2178

Arrests since 2011

3215

Poaching tools seized since 2011

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Big Life Predator Compensation Fund Film (3 mins)

 

Big Life Endorsements

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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.

 

A YEAR OF TWO OLYMPICS

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As athletes across the world start to finalise their preparations for the Rio Olympics later this year, another set of athletes is preparing for a very different Olympics…the Maasai Olympics.

2014 Film: Big Life in Action (6 mins)

 

Big Life News

Bush Journal

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FROM RIO TO AMBOSELI: DAVID RUDISHA & THE MAASAI OLYMPICS

  Four years ago, a Maasai runner from Kenya blew away the world record for the 800 meter race at the London Olympics. It was the same year that Big Life launched the Maasai Olympics with a different goal, to provide an alternative for Maasai

Radio Room

29 August 2016

KENYA: Vet treated injured elephant, she was not in good condition and she died later that day, rangers noticed Sheldrick's to collect her calf // Lions killed 1 cow and injured another // Elephants raided 1 farm

28 August 2016

KENYA: Female elephant reported with 2 spear wounds, vet notified and will treat as soon as possible // Lions repeatedly killing livestock inside bomas, starting the 23rd, community gathered to hunt but were not successful, rangers sent with KWS to calm the community // Lions killed 1 cow and injured another // Elephants broke a tap at a borehole // Elephant killed a goat // Zebra and elephants moved away from farms

27 August 2016

KENYA: Rangers found 1 snare, targeting large mammals

26 August 2016

KENYA: Elephant reported near farms, charging at people trying to move it away, rangers responded and moved the elephant // Hyena killed by vehicle // Lions killed a lost camel

25 August 2016

KENYA: Large fire reported in Chyulu Hills // Rangers moved elephants away from farms

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