Protecting over 1.6 million acres of wilderness in the Amboseli-Tsavo-Kilimanjaro ecosystem of East Africa, Big Life partners with local communities to protect nature for the benefit of all.

Since its inception, Big Life has expanded to employ hundreds of local Maasai rangers—with more than 30 permanent outposts and tent-based field units, 14 patrol vehicles, 2 tracker dogs, and 2 planes for aerial surveillance.

Co-founded in September 2010 by photographer Nick Brandt, conservationist Richard Bonham, and entrepreneur Tom Hill, Big Life was the first organization in East Africa to establish coordinated cross-border anti-poaching operations. Read more...

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Elephants Walking Through Grass, Amboseli 2008. Leading Matriarch Killed By Poachers, 2009, ©Nick Brandt

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Big Life Rangers with tusks killed at the hands of man, Amboseli 2011, ©Nick Brandt

 
 
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home counter carNumber of kilometers patrolled by Big Life Rangers
3353 
Arrests since 2011
4246 
Weapons/Tools seized since 2011

BIG LIFE IN ACTION

THE MAASAI OLYMPICS

BIG LIFE NEWS

February 10, 2020
200210 Sgt Mutinda wins a Disney conservation award

2019 Disney Conservation Hero: Sgt. Mutinda Ndivo

Big Life Foundation’s community ranger, Sgt. Mutinda Ndivo, has been honored with a Disney Conservation Hero Award, one of only 18 award recipients in 2019 globally. The award…
February 05, 2020
200205 Tim the tusker elephant has passed away

MOURNING TIM, ONE OF AFRICA’S LAST GREAT TUSKERS

The only marks on his body were the imprints left by other elephants. Perhaps it was his companions, trying to lift him back on his feet. Push the life back into him. Tim is dead,…

"Thanks to Big Life, it is wonderful that Amboseli is more secure, and now one of the few places in Kenya where killing of elephants for ivory is not out of hand."

Iain Douglas-Hamilton, Save the Elephants

"I am convinced that Amboseli would have lost many, many elephants over the last three years if Big Life had not come in to save the day."

Cynthia Moss, Amboseli Trust for Elephants

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Bush Journal

200309 elephant herd on eselengei group ranch
March 10, 2020

Between Spears and Tusks

How USAID works with the Maasai communities to conserve Amboseli elephants like Big Tim There is no easy way to kill an… Read More
200308 big life female rangers
March 08, 2020

SUPER 8

The women of Big Life Foundation are critical to the success of our conservation programs - whether it’s working in… Read More

Radio Room

5 April 2020
A retaliatory elephant hunt broke out following the death of a woman charged by an elephant on 2nd, rangers stopped them // Hyena carcass found, cause of death suspected natural, by other hyenas // Community found 2 snares, rangers responded and found another that caught a cow calf, rangers to investigate


4 April 2020
Mentally ill man reported alone, rangers responded and brought him to police station // Elephants raided 1 farm // Jackal killed 1 goat // Hyena killed 1 cow and 1 goat in 2 incidents


3 April 2020
Elephant responsible for killing a man on 29th found and euthanized // Lone wildebeest calf found and brought to nearby herd // Injured giraffe found, suspected natural


2 April 2020
Elephant charged a pregnant woman, she was seriously injured while fleeing, community angry // Wildebeest hit by vehicle and severely injured,rangers euthanized it // Elephant chased herder and cows, noone injured // Leopard killed 1 goat


1 April 2020
Lion carcass reported, rangers confirmed killed by another lion // Lion killed 2 goats in 2 incidents // Hyena killed 2 goats in 2 incidents


31 March 2020
Suspicious activity found, rangers followed up and confirmed it was youths avoiding government curfew // Rangers continued search for elephant responsible for a man's death // Elephants raided 1 farm // Hyena killed 5 goats in 2 incidents // Leopard killed 1 goat // Lion killed 1 goat


30 March 2020
Elephant carcass report, rangers responded and recovered the tusks, cause of death unknown // Rangers prevented elephants from raiding farms // Hyena killed 1 goat


29 March 2020
Elephant killed a man outside Big Life's operation area // Community reported giraffe stuck in natural ditch, rangers responded but it had died // Hyena killed 10 goats in 5 incidents // Lion killed 3 goats and 2 cows in 3 incidents // Leopard killed 1 goat


28 March 2020
Zebra killed by electric fence // Giraffe carcass found, cause of death natural, from birth complications // Elephants raided 1 farm // Rangers moved elephants away from other farms before damage // Hyena killed 2 goats in 1 incident


27 March 2020
Lone juvenile zebra found, rangers brought it to nearby herd // Striped hyena hit by vehicle // Hyena killed 15 goats in 8 incidents


26 March 2020
Rangers arrested 2 suspects with bushmeat // Hyena speared inside boma // Lone wildebeest calf found, brought to herd nearby // Elephants damaged community borehole water pipes // Hyena killed 2 goats in 2 incidents


25 March 2020
Hyena carcass found, cause of death unknown // Hyena killed 2 goats in 2 incidents


24 March 2020
Community reported 19 calves stolen, rangers assisted community in search but were unsuccessful // Elephants damaged water pipes, rangers moved them away to avoid further damage // Hyena killed 8 goats in 6 incidents // Jackal killed 1 goat // Lion killed 2 goats in 1 incident


23 March 2020
Giraffe carcass found, cause of death unknown, suspected natural // Hyena killed 1 cow


22 March 2020
Lions injured a bull outside PCF area, community angry // Lions killed 1 cow // Hyena killed 4 goats in 2 incidents // Caracal killed 1 goat // Jackal killed 1 goat 


21 March 2020
Elephants raided 2 farms // Lions killed 2 cows


20 March 2020
Rangers arrested 5 women with 10 bags of charcoal // Generator stolen, dog unit followed up but were unable to track suspects due to tracks and scent interfered in community area // Elephant reported with minor injury on its ear // Elephants broke crop-protection fence wire // Elephants raided 1 farm // Hyena killed 1 goat


19 March 2020
2 juvenile hyena carcass found, cause of death unknown, rangers investigating // Elephants damaged water tank and fence gate // Hyena killed 5 goats in 2 incidents // Jackal killed 2 goats in 2 incidents


18 March 2020
Elephants damaged crop-protection fence gate // Elephants raided 1 farm // Rangers prevented elephants raiding other farms // Hyena killed 7 goats in 5 incidents // Jackal killed 1 goat 


17 March 2020
Big Life intel helped arrest 2 suspects with 20kg ivory // Rangers arrested 2 suspects with impala bushmeat // Rangers prevented elephants from breaking into ranger training academy // Elephant enter farms through open community gate, raided crops // Lion killed 1 goat


16 March 2020
Truck found dumping food waste along road, rangers made them collect it, were warned and released // Hyena killed 1 goat // Leopard killed 1 goat // Lion killed 1 calf 


15 March 2020
Mentally ill person found in conservancy, brought to police // Elephants reported near community, rangers moved them // Rangers prevented elephants crossing training academy fence // Leopard killed 1 goat // Hyena killed 2 goats


14 March 2020
Injured zebra reported, cause unknown // Elephant reported chased horses with riders, no one injured // Leopard killed 1 goat // Hyena killed 1 goat 


13 March 2020
Buffalo reported near community area, rangers responded and pushed them away // Giraffe carcass found, cause of death unknown // Elephants raided 1 farm // Hyena killed 1 goat // Jackal killed 1 goat // Cheetah killed 3 goats in 1 incident 


12 March 2020
Elephant damaged borehole water pipes // Hyena killed 8 goats in 2 incidents // Lion killed 1 goat // Leopard killed 1 goat


11 March 2020
Elephants damaged water pipes // Hyena killed 3 goats in 3 incidents 


10 March 2020
Woman killed by elephant outside Big Life operation area, KWS euthanized the elephant responsible // Elephants reported near community area, rangers responded and moved them away to avoid conflict // Mentally ill man found in bush, rangers brought him to town // Impala carcass found, cause of death unknown // Hyena killed 5 goats and 1 cow in 3 incidents // Leopard killed 1 goat // Lion killed 1 cow outside PCF area


9 March 2020
Lone wildebeest calf reported, rangers brought it to nearby herd // Hyena killed 4 goats in 2 incidents // Lion killed 1 goat // Hyenas killed 9 goats and injured 4 in 1 incidents outside PCF area


8 March 2020
Road accident reported, rangers responded and confirm no one injured // Striped hyena carcass found, cause of death unknown // Elephants raided 1 farm // Rangers prevented elephants raiding other farms // Hyena killed 1 goat


7 March 2020
Child drown in river, rangers recovered the body // Man bitten by a snake, rangers took him to the hospital // Rangers followed up on illegal construction inside a conservancy, building had stopped // Elephants damaged fence posts and water pipes // Rangers prevented elephants raiding farms // Hyena killed 2 calves in 1 incident


6 March 2020
Zebra with broken foot reported, rangers to follow up // Hyena killed 2 goats in 2 incidents


5 March 2020
Big Life intel helped arrest 2 suspects with 20kg ivory // Rangers prevented elephants from raiding farms // Lion killed 1 bull // Hyena killed 2 goats in 2 incidents


4 March 2020
Zebra killed by vehicle // Two trucks reported digging sand, rangers to follow up // Rangers moved elephants away after they raided 1 farm // Hyena killed 1 goat


3 March 2020
Cheetah carcass reported, spear wound found, but could have been post mortem, cause of death unknown // Lone wildebeest calf reported, rangers brought it to herd nearby // Leopard killed 1 goat // Jackal killed 1 goat // Cheetah killed 1 goat // Hyena killed 2 goats and 1 donkey in 3 incidents 


2 March 2020
Hyena killed 2 goats in 2 incidents 


1 March 2020
Rangers responded to reports of power pylons that had fallen down, 13 had come down but no damage caused // Rangers controlled 2 elephants after crop raiding, 1 farm damaged // Cheetah killed 2 shoats //  Hyena killed 2 shoats


29 February 2020
Injured wildebeest reported on 21st sighted and appeared to be recovering // Hyena killed 1 shoat // Jackal killed 2 shoats // Cheetah killed 1 shoat


28 February 2020
An elephant was reported on the wrong side of the fence, and later crossed again damaging a post. Fence attendants have repaired // Hyena killed 19 shoats in 4 incidents 


27 February 2020
2 suspects arrested for illegally cutting down trees for charcoal // Hyena killed 13 shoats // Jackal killed 2 shoats // Cheetah killed 2 shoats


26 February 2020
Rangers prevented 8 elephants crossing the fence // 2 people reported cutting down trees for construction, they had fled the scene before rangers were able to make an arrest // Hyena killed 6 shoats // Jackal killed 1 shoat 


25 February 2020
Community reported an elephant had given birth near a settlement, rangers followed up and she had already moved off into thicker bush // BLF intel led to the arrest of 2 suspects in possession of 20kgs ivory // African wildcat carcass found, killed by vehicle // Hyena killed 2 shoats // Jackal killed 1 shoat


24 February 2020
The lost person reported yesterday was found by aerial patrol // Rangers found an adult male impala unable to move, cause unknown // Hyena killed 15 shoats in 4 incidents 


23 February 2020
The snared lion first reported on 21st was darted and successfully treated by the KWS vet with a good prognosis, and at the same time another male lion known for predating on livestock was darted and fitted with a tracking collar by Lion Guardians // Rangers pushed 2 lions away from a settlement area // Rangers responded to a community report of an elephant near a borehole, but were unsuccessful locating it // A mentally ill person was reported lost by community members, rangers tracked him until nightfall // Hyena killed 3 shoats // Cheetah killed 1 shoat // Caracal killed 1 shoat 


22 February 2020
Lion seen yesterday found with snare around its neck. Treatment not possible due to location in very thick bush, to try again tomorrow // An elephant crossed the fence damaging one post // Rangers pushed an elephant away from a settlement area // Juvenile male zebra carcass found, cause of death unknown // An adult male zebra crossed the fence, rangers pushed him back to the conservancy // Hyena killed 1 shoat // Cheetah killed 2 shoats


21 February 2020
Community reported a weak lion, rangers to follow up // Rangers reported an injured female wildebeest, cause unknown // An elephant crossed the fence damaging a post // Hyena killed 2 shoats // Cheetah killed 1 shoat 


20 February 2020
Retaliatory lion hunt formed after a cow was killed. Rangers attended and calmed the situation // Juvenile male zebra carcass reported, cause of death unknown // Adult male giraffe carcass reported, cause of death electrocution and entanglement in private fence // Adult male giraffe carcass reported, cause of death unknown // Hyena killed 2 shoats // Cheetah killed 1 shoat // Lion killed 1 shoat and 1 cow


19 February
Rangers reported injured elephant in Kari area. Vet attended and the elephant was euthanised due to a broken leg // Two elephants crossed the fence at separate locations // Rangers prevented 1 elephant before a crop raid // Hyena killed 3 shoats and 2 cows in separate incidents // Jackal killed 1 shoat


18 February 2020
Elephants broke a post of the human wildlife mitigation fence // Hyena killed 6 shoats // Cheetah killed 1 shoat


17 February 2020 
BLF intel helped arrest 1 suspect in possession of a lion hairball // Rangers arrested 4 suspects transporting wood // 2 elephants controlled after a crop raid. Quarter of an acre of maize damaged // Hyena killed 4 shoats in 3 incidents // Caracal killed 1 shoat 


16 February 2020
Hyena killed 1 shoat // Leopard killed 1 shoat // Cheetah killed 1 shoat 


15 February 2020
6 shoats killed by Hyena outside PCF area // Ranger and KWS controlled 3 elephants during a crop raid. 1 farm damaged // Hyena killed 1 shoat // Lion killed 1 cow


14 February 2020
Meeting held with KWS, Administration Police and community members in regard to the lion hunt on 13th. Community apologised // Hyena killed 1 shoat


13 February 2020
Rangers calmed down a retaliatory lion hunt after a cow was killed // An injured giraffe was reported, cause unknown // Elephants damaged water pipes at the ranger training school // Rangers moved a herd of elephants away from a settlement area // Jackal killed 1 shoat // Hyena killed 3 shoats in separate incidents 


12 February 2020
1 female hyena successfully trapped and relocated by rangers // Elephant damaged water pipes at ranger training school 


11 February 2020
Rangers pushed 1 elephant from a fenced enclosure, 2 trees damaged // Newborn zebra carcass found, cause of death unknown // Jackal killed 2 shoats // Cheetah killed 1 shoat


10 February 2020
Male impala carcass found, cause of death unknown // Rangers prevented 1 elephant crop raiding // Jackal killed 1 shoat // Hyena killed 2 shoats // Cheetah killed 1 shoat


9 February 2020
Big Life intel helped arrest 4 men in possession of 4 pieces of ivory weighing 21kgs // 2 elephants damages a water pipe at the ranger training school // Juvenile zebra carcass found, cause of death unknown // Male dikdik found killed by a vehicle // Hyena killed 1 shoat


8 February 2020
3 suspects arrested in possession of 6 pieces of ivory weighing 21kgs // A herd of elephants charged a group of women, one of whom broke her leg whilst running away. Rangers took her to hospital // Locusts sighted on MGR // Hyena killed 1 shoat


7 February 2020
Injured giraffe reported, suspected human-related // Hyena killed 1 goat // Lion killed 1 goat


6 February 2020
Rangers arrested 1 suspect making charcoal, 3 kilns destroyed // Suspicious vehicle reported, rangers followed up and confirmed they were national road surveyors // Zebra carcass reported, cause of death unknown // Bull injured by lions // Jackal killed 1 goat


5 February 2020
Community reported an elephant carcass, rangers confirmed elephant as 'Tim'. Cause of death natural (twisted intestines) // Mentally unstable man found alone in bush, rangers brought him to town // Elephant raided 1 farm // Hyena killed 2 goats in 2 incidents // Lion killed 1 cow


4 February 2020
Big Life intel helped arrest 1 suspect in possession of a lion hairball (considered an illegal wildlife product) // Community reported lions trying to hunt livestock, rangers responded and confirmed no livestock killed // Python reported near community and killed a dog, rangers confirmed and with KWS relocated it // Hyena killed 5 goats in 2 incidents // Leopard killed 2 goats in 2 incidents // Caracal killed 1 goat // Jackal killed 1 goat // Lion killed 1 calf


3 February 2020
Big Life intel helped recover 15 snares // Buffalo raided 1 farm // Hyena killed 4 goats in 4 incident


2 February 2020 Hyena killed 8 goats in 5 incidents // Leopard killed 2 goats in 1 incident // Cheetah killed 1 calf 


1 February 2020
Hyena killed 4 goats in 3 incidents // Cheetah killed 1 goat


31 January 2020
9 more vultures found dead related to the poisoning incident on 30th, outside Big Life's operation area // Elephant reported near community, rangers responded and confirmed it moved toward national park // Rangers helped find lost livestock // Lion killed 2 donkeys in 1 incident // Hyena killed 3 goats in 3 incidents


30 January 2020
Hippo injured a man, who later died of his injuries, hippo euthanized by KWS // Calf carcass poisoned outside our area of operation, 17 vultures killed, 2 alive but unwell, 1 receiving treatment // Hyena killed 1 calf // Cheetah killed 3 goats in 2 incidents


29 January 2020
Hyena speared outside Big Life operation area // Abandoned zebra foal found, brought to HQ // Elephants raided 1 farm // Hyena killed 4 goats in 4 incidents // Cheetah killed 2 goats in 2 incidents


28 January 2020
Secretary bird carcass reported, cause of death unknown // Hyena killed 6 goats in 4 incidents // Jackal killed 2 goats in 2 incidents // Leopard killed 2 goats in 1 incident // Lion killed 2 donkeys in 2 incidents


27 January 2020
Rangers helped community search for lost livestock, unsuccessful // Elephants raided 1 farm // Hyena killed 4 goats and 1 cow in 5 incidents // Caracal killed 1 goat // Cheetah killed 2 goats in 2 incidents // Leopard killed 2 goats in 1 incident // Jackal killed 1 goat


26 January 2020
Hyena killed 13 goats and 2 cows in 5 incidents // Cheetah killed 1 goat 


25 January 2020
Injured zebra reported, cause unknown, treatment not possible and was euthanized // Hyena killed 1 goat 


24 January 2020
Elephant raided 1 farm // Hyena killed 2 goats in 2 incidents 


23 January 2020
Lion killed while attacking cow, follow up meeting held with community, herder warned and released // Hyena killed 2 goats and 1 calf in 3 incidents // Lion killed 2 goats and 2 calves and injured 1 goat in 4 incidents // Leopard killed 1 goat // Cheetah killed 1 goat 


22 January 2020
Big Life intel helped arrest 1 suspect with 38kg ivory // Zebra foal reported, rangers found it and mothers carcass, cause of death unknown, foal sent to Sheldrick orphanage // Lions killed 3 goats in 1 incident // Jackal killed 1 goat // Hyena killed 1 donkey


21 January 2020
Lions killed 2 goats inside a boma outside PCF area, community want lions moved // Bushpigs raided 1 farm // Elephants raided 1 farm // Hyena killed 2 goats in 1 incident // Jackal killed 1 goat   


20 January 2020
Elephant carcass found, cause of death natural // Lion killed 1 goat 


19 January 2020
Warriors gathered to hunt lion after killing a goat, rangers stopped them // 3 vulture carcasses found, cause of death unknown but suspected human-related, sample taken // Elephants raided 2 farms // Lion killed 3 goats in 3 incidents // Jackal killed 2 goats in 1 incident // Cheetah killed 1 goat // Hyena killed 1 calf


18 January 2020
1 suspect arrested with 8 kg ivory // Rangers moved elephants away from community to avoid conflict // Caracal killed 1 goat // Lion killed 2 goats in 1 incident // Cheetah killed 1 goat // Hyena killed 1 goat and 1 calf in 2 incidents


17 January 2020
Zebra killed by vehicle // Community member found bow and arrows, handed over to rangers // Rangers prevent lions entering boma to kill livestock // Hyena killed 11 goats in 4 incidents // Cheetah killed 1 goat // Cheetah killed 3 goats in 1 incident // Lion killed 1 goat 


16 January 2020
Lion killed 1 cow // Leopard killed 1 goat // Hyena killed 2 goats in 2 incidents // Cheetah killed 1 goat and 1 calf in 2 incidents


15 January 2020
Big Life intel helped arrest 2 suspects in possession of 55 kg ivory // Zebra foal reported alone inside boma, rangers released with zebra nearby // Elephants raided 2 farms // Leopard killed 1 goat // Lion killed 1 goat // Hyena killed 1 goat 


14 January 2020
Rangers and Lion Guardians moved lions away from bomas before predation // Caracal killed 1 goat // Jackal killed 1 goat // Cheetah killed 1 goat // Hyena killed 1 goat 


13 January 2020 
Lion translocated from high conflict area // Hyena killed 1 goat 


12 January 2020
Hyena killed 1 goat


11 January 2020
Elderly man reported missing, rangers responded and found him safe // Lion killed 1 goat


10 January 2020
Rangers continued to monitor weak elephant reported on 8th // 2 suspects arrested with wood carving tools in national park // Elephants raided 3 farms // Caracal killed 1 goat


9 January 2020
Arrested 2 suspects for illegal charcoal production // Zebra killed by vehicle // Giraffe carcass found, cause of death unknown // Hyena killed 2 goats in 2 incidents // Lion killed 1 cow calf


8 January 2020
Possible injured elephant reported, rangers to monitor // Suspicious human activity reported near national park, rangers to follow up // Elephants raided 2 farms // Hyena killed 1 goat


7 January 2020
Giraffe carcass reported, rangers responded, killed by arrow // Rangers arrested 4 suspects logging illegally in national park // Lions reported chasing livestock, rangers responded but lions not found // Cheetah found hunting goats, rangers moved her away to avoid conflict // Zebra killed by vehicle // Elephants raided 1 farm // Lion killed 1 goat // Caracal killed 2 goats in 1 incident 


6 January 2020
Man injured by buffalo // Lion carcass found, cause of death unknown // Big Life intel helped arrest 1 suspect with 45kg ivory // Farmer found with bow and arrows, rangers confiscated them // Giraffe carcass found stuck in season river // Elephants raided 1 farm // Hyena killed 6 goats in 4 incidents // Cheetah killed 1 goat 


5 January 2020
A lioness killed 2 goats and injured a man outside Big Life's operation area, community retaliated a killed the lioness // Hyena carcass found, cause of death unknown // Mentally ill woman found alone in the bush, rangers took her to town // Rangers moved elephant blocking community path // Jackal killed 1 goat // Cheetah killed 1 goat // Hyena killed 1 goat 


4 January 2020
Rangers arrested 7 suspects collecting miraa in national park // Elephants raided 1 farm // Hyena killed 1 goat, 1 calf and 3 cows in 3 incidents


3 January 2020
Community reported 4 suspects with poaching weapons, rangers responded but suspects escaped, rangers to investigate // Giraffe carcass found with snare around its neck // Rangers recovered 14 snares // Hyena killed 1 goat


2 January 2020
Elephants raided 2 farms // Caracal killed 1 goat 


1 January 2020
Rangers arrested 3 supects with 6kg ivory and unconfirmed cat skin // Lion killed 1 cow and 1 goat

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