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 Foundation was founded by photographer Nick Brandt and award winning conservationist Richard Bonham in September 2010.
With Richard Bonham as Director of Operations for Big Life in Africa, and Project Manager Damian Bell in Tanzania, Big Life has now expanded to employ hundreds of local Maasai rangers, with 31 outposts and 15 vehicles protecting 2 million acres of wilderness in the Amboseli-Tsavo-Kilimanjaro ecosystem of East Africa.
Big Life was the first organization in East Africa with co-ordinated 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...
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.
RANGERS CONTINUE SEARCH FOR BAHATI, THE SNARED RHINO CALF: DAY THREE
The collaborative effort to find Bahati, the snared rhino calf, continues into the weekend. Last year, he survived a bullet wound to the neck when his mother was killed by poachers. Some forty Big Life and other rangers were out
BIG LIFE RANGERS HOT ON THE TRAIL OF SNARED RHINO CALF: DAY TWO
Yesterday at first light, Big Life launched an all-out search and rescue effort after the alarming discovery of a camera trap image showing the little rhino calf, Bahati, with a poacher's snare digging deeply into his neck. A year ago, Bahati’s
RANGERS RACE AGAINST TIME TO RESCUE SNARED RHINO CALF
Last year, poachers shot and killed this young rhino’s mother, hacking off her horns. He took a bullet in the neck that night, but somehow managed to escape into the darkness. We were sure that if the bullet wound didn’t kill him,
BABY WILDEBEEST GETS LIFELINE
Neck-deep in water and sludge, the baby wildebeest could only wait to die. Looking for a drink at this dry time of year, she had fallen into a well near Manyara Ranch in Tanzania and there was no way out...
9 October 2015
KENYA: 3 suspects arrested for habitat destruction, tree cutting // Lion pride killed a cow // Fire reported, rangers and community put it out but large area was destroyed
TANZANIA: Rangers rescued a zebra stuck in mud at a water hole, but it didn't survive
8 October 2015
KENYA: Sick hippo reported, rangers investigating // Piece of ivory collected from the bush
TANZANIA: 2 charcoal kilns destroyed
6 October 2015
TANZANIA: 1 man arrested with 30 sacks of charcoal and a tractor
5 October 2015
KENYA: Rangers arrest 2 suspects with 5 pieces of ivory
TANZANIA: Rangers rescue 12 sandgrouse caught in a net trap, net seized // Rangers reported a cheetah's leg caught in a snare, vet was notified
4 October 2015
KENYA: Eland poached, rangers investigating