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...
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 TEACHER WHO TRIED THE IVORY TRADE
For the last few days, the local community has crowded around every available television in Amboseli, trying to process events happening on the other side of the world, with the planet’s population united in concern about the profound impact that decisions made thousands of kilometres away can have on all of us. It is this same interconnected world that moves ivory from an elephant’s face in Africa to a dining room table on the other side of the globe as a carved trinket.
THE HAPPIEST NEW YEAR FOR THE ELEPHANT (& A B.F.D.)
As many of you now know, China announced on Friday that it was banning all commerce in ivory by the end of 2017. With an estimated 70% of (illegal) ivory sold in China, this means that the world’s largest ivory market will be shut down. To
CALLING ALL ANIMALS - RUN RUN AS FAST AS YOU CAN
If you are a living, breathing creature, then there’s a pretty good chance that some human out there wants to either eat you, or use your body parts in a phoney medicine. So with each extra person that the planet adds, it’s a scarier
18 February 2017
Lions killed 1 cow & injured another after chasing them out of a boma, community calm // Rangers found the injured elephant, previously treated, and the wound is healing, followup treatment not required // Rangers moved cows out of no-grazing conservancy // Cheetah injured 1 goat // Elephants broke through a lodge fence and damaged their crops // Elephants raided 6 community farms / Rangers moved elephants away from other farms
17 February 2017
Rangers rescued 4 wildebeest from a well, 3 survived // Rangers moved elephant and eland away from farms // Eland raided 1 farm
16 February 2017
Hyena killed 11 lost goats // A cheetah died after it reportedly got stuck in cattle dip tank // Elephants moved away from farms
15 February 2017
Rangers continuing search for injured elephant reported on 12th // A ranger with Lion Guardians stopped a lion pride from move into an area with cattle // Lions killed 5 lost cows, community calm // Elephant raided 1 farm, eland raided 1 farm // Rangers moved eland away from other farms
14 February 2017
Rangers reported a snared giraffe, the vet was notified, it was darted but did not survive // Eland carcass found with arrow wound, rangers to focus patrols in that area // Lions killed a cow, community wanted to retaliate, rangers calmed them // Rangers moved hundreds of livestock out of a no-grazing conservancy // Rangers found the injured elephant (reported on 12th) but was in bush where it could not be treated, rangers to monitor its movements // The wound of an elephant previously treated has not healed, rangers to monitor it & notify vet for follow up // Elephants raided 3 farms, community angry, rangers calmed them // Eland & zebra raided 1 farm // Rangers moved elephants away from farms