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
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...
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.
AN ELEPHANT CALLED TIM (& A SPEAR THAT CAME SO CLOSE)
Tim. In hindsight, not the best name to have given to the calf that grew into Amboseli’s greatest elephant. But Tim, in all his current glory, the biggest tusker in the ecosystem, is his name. It is because of the size of Tim’s
247 REASONS NOT TO POACH
You might think that there’s not much worse than facing an armed poacher with your pants down. But there is, and that’s facing an armed poacher and not knowing what to do about it. Big Life recognizes the huge importance of training Rangers to prepare them for the challenges they face because...
Killing frenzies have happened before, and they will undoubtedly happen again. In this case a pride of lions discovered 134 goats lost in a forest, and all hell broke lose. The result was at least 53 dead livestock.
21 July 2016
KENYA: An elephant injured in the conflict incident on the 10th (and subsequently treated) was seen still limping, the vet was notified but it's too soon to treat again // Lion seriously injured 1 cow, community calm // Elephants raided 1 farm, community requested rangers to be closer to assist them at night // Elephants moved away from other farms
20 July 2016
KENYA: Giraffe carcass found, cause of death unknown // Lions killed 2 lost cows // Elephants damaged a borehole // Elephants moved away from farms, no damage reported
19 July 2016
KENYA: Elephants raided 1 farm, rangers moved elephants away from other farms // Hyena killed 1 goat
TANZANIA: Buffalo reported with snare and dragging log, rangers tracked it to the National Park and notified Park authorities to follow up
18 July 2016
KENYA: A lion killed a cow, warriors tried to hunt it claiming the same lion has killed 7 other cows, rangers stopped the hunt, but warriors asking for it to be translocated // Suspects killed a Grant's gazelle for crop-raiding, they escaped as rangers approached, investigation ongoing // Elephant moved away from farms
17 July 2016
KENYA: Lion killed a goat inside a boma, community calm