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
THE ELEPHANTS’ (LITERAL) LINE IN THE SAND : CHAPTER TWO
It’s working well. Just as we hoped. The elephants are no longer walking into a likely war zone. Last year, many of you contributed to the creation of a line of life-saving protection for the elephants of the Amboseli ecosystem.
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF AN ANTI-POACHING RANGER - IN PICTURES
Big Life Foundation was set up to address the escalation of poaching in east Africa. Their rangers put their lives on the line daily to protect animals that face danger from poachers and angry farmers. Here’s how their days unfold
25 July 2017
Eland died from eating tomatoes sprayed with pesticides // Hyena killed 4 goats & 1 donkey in 3 incidents // Lions killed 2 cows // Cheetah killed 6 lost goats // Elephants raided 5 farms
24 July 2017
Hyena killed by community after chasing school children // Rangers still monitoring sick elephant // Hyenas killed 3 cows inside a boma, community suspected it was lion & attempted to hunt, rangers stopped them // Elephants raided 5 farms // Rangers moved elephants away from farms // Hyena killed 4 goats inside boma
23 July 2017
Elephants damaged wire fence around farm & raided crops, community angry // Sick elephant reported on 22 July seen again, vet notified, rangers to continue monitoring // Eland carcass with arrow found, some meat had been taken // Hyena killed 3 calves, 1 cow, & 8 goats in 6 incidents // Elephants raided 1 farm
22 July 2017
3 suspects arrested with bush-meat from 3 dik-dik & 1 gazelle // Big Life intel resulted in arrest of 1 suspect with 1 python skin, 4 poison arrows & 300 gm poison // Elephant reported with 5 wounds, later confirmed from spears, vet called to treat, but elephant unable to survive & was euthanised // Sick elephant found by rangers, vet notified to investigate // Zebra found with machete wound on its side, later died // Lions killed 5 cows inside a boma, community calm // Hyena killed 2 goats & 1 cow in 3 incidents // Leopard killed 1 goat // Cheetah killed 1 goat // Elephants raided 6 farms // Rangers moved elephant away from other farms
21 July 2017
Elephant carcass reported with 2 spear wounds, ivory recovered // Small fire reported in Chyulu Hills, ranger extinguished it // Hyena killed 4 cows, injured 1 cow, killed 5 goats in 5 incidents // Elephants damaged a water pan