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 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...

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


A window falling out of your plane on take-off is not ideal. A gauge stuck in the red whilst flying is not great either. An engine failure mid-flight is the worst of all. However, that had become the norm flying the old Big Life Super Cub over the

Radio Room

9 February 2016

KENYA: Lions killed 4 shoats inside a boma, owner was a ranger and so community calm // Two suspects arrested for habitat destruction with 7 bags of charcoal // Buffalo destroyed one farm
TANZANIA: Rangers intercepted 2 bush-meat poachers but they fled on a motorbike, one suspect has been identified and rangers are following up

8 February 2016

KENYA: Lions killed 3 cows and 1 goat in 3 separate incidents, community wanted to hunt the lions in 2 incidents, rangers with others stopped them // Buffalo destroyed 1 farm
TANZANIA: Rangers, community leaders, TZ government officials stop warriors hunting lion pride after they killed 5 goats, 7 warriors arrested, rangers monitoring ongoing situation

7 February 2016

KENYA: Lions kill 3 lost calves, community calm

6 February 2016

KENYA: Boy hit by buffalo, minor injuries, rangers brought him to hospital, community asking KWS to kill buffalo // Zebra found with back injury, later died // Sub-adult lion carcass found, spear cause of death

5 February 2016

KENYA: Lion pride seen looking unhealthy, one limping, vet called to assess // Lion cub carcass found, suspected natural death // Elephant calf carcass found, suspected to be natural // Possible bush-meat poachers seen at night, investigation ongoing // Woman reported missing, found by rangers // Elephants destroyed 2 farms


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