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.
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...
A CAUSE FOR CELEBRATION
This weekend saw a colourful celebration at the Big Life headquarters in Amboseli. The stars of the show were the sixteen rangers who graduated last month from an intensive three-month paramilitary course run by the Kenya Wildlife Service.
22 May 2016
KENYA: A lion continuing to harass and kill livestock was darted and relocated by KWS // 2 farms raided by elephants, rangers moved others away from farms
21 May 2016
KENYA: Suspicious person found walking in rhino area, rangers investigating // 1 suspect arrested for illegal word carving in the Park // Lion hunt started after a lion chased calves grazing, rangers stopped them
20 May 2016
KENYA: Ranger confiscated an illegal water pump from a river, notified the chief who held a meeting to stop illegal pumping // Orphaned elephant reported by Amboseli Trust for Elephants, rangers helped capture it so it could be sent to DSWT orphanage // Cow killed by lion inside the boma, community calm
19 May 2016
KENYA: Elephant destroy 1 farm, community upset but ranges calmed them
18 May 2016
KENYA: 2 lost cow-calves killed by lion, community ok // 2 farms raided by elephants, rangers moved other away from farms