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


The satellite collar hadn’t transmitted data in days, it was a bad sign. With each passing hour it seemed less likely that the lioness was simply on a kill in thick bush, with the vegetation blocking the signal. This was looking to be either

Radio Room

19 August 2017

Bush-meat poachers escaped, dropped a dik-dik carcass when rangers ambushed them // Ivory recovered by Enduimet - TZ rangers from elephant killed on 18th // Fire from 18th started again, rangers put it out // Elephants moved away from farms // Hyena killed 19 goats & 1 cow in 5 incidents // Jackal killed 1 goat // Cheetah killed 1 goat

18 August 2017

Rangers received information an elephant killed & ivory taken across the border in Tanzania, rangers to follow up // Injured elephant reported on 17th tracked to Chyulu Park, partners notified // Fire reported in Chyulu Hills, rangers to put it out // Lion killed 1 cow // Hyena killed 4 goats & 4 calves in 5 incidents // Jackal killed 5 goats in 5 incidents

17 August 2017

An elephant killed a man, warriors gathered to retaliate, but rangers and community calmed them // Elephant reported with injury, tracks show blood and dragging a leg, rangers following up // Lion killed 1 cow & 1 goat in 2 incidents // Hyena killed 2 cows & 2 goats in 3 incidents // Cheetah killed 2 goats in 2 incidents

16 August 2017

Fire reported in Chyulu Hills, rangers responded // Hyena killed 3 goats & 1 cow in 4 incidents // Lion killed 2 cows in 2 incidents // Jackal killed 4 goats in 4 incidents // Elephants raided 1 farm

15 August 2017

Rangers notified KWS of a python that ate a small goat, KWS relocated it away from communities // Jackal killed 1 goat // Hyena killed 3 goats in 1 incident // Rangers moved elephants away from farms