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


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


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.

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Number of kilometers patrolled
by Big Life Rangers



Arrests since 2011


Poaching tools seized since 2011


Big Life Predator Compensation Fund Film (3 mins)


Big Life Endorsements


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...

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Join the Ranger Club, our monthly giving program, at a level appropriate for you, and become a part of our community.  Your generosity will help to fund our programs throughout the year, including the seemingly never-ending work of our rangers. By joining, you support more than just our rangers, who work tirelessly to protect elephants, rhinos, lions and other animals from poaching and retaliatory killing due to human-wildlife conflict. 

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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

2014 Film: Big Life in Action (6 mins)


Big Life News

Bush Journal


It’s been two years and 3 days since we lost Bahati, but today, Big Life is happy to be celebrating World Rhino Day with a much happier statistic: zero recorded rhino deaths in the two years since that of Bahati.

Radio Room

23 September 2017

Grant's gazelle reported dragging tangled wire, vet notified but unable to treat // Blind giraffe euthanised by KWS // Lesser kudu broke its neck and died trying to jump over a fence // 2 snares found tied to trees in Chyulu National Park, suspects escaped, but identity known // Giraffe killed by electric fence // Elephants emptied two water drums // Elephants raided 1 farm // Hyena killed 5 goats & 1 cow in 3 incidents // Jackal killed 2 goats in 2 incidents // Jackal killed 1 goat // Lion killed 1 cow

22 September 2017

Elephant chased and injured a man, community calm // 4 suspects reported chasing & killing an eland, rangers following up // Hyena killed 5 goat, 1 cow and 1 donkey in 5 incidents // Jackal killed 5 goats in 3 incidents // Cheetah killed 2 goats in 2 incidents

21 September 2017

Zebra carcass reported, cause of death unknown // Elephants raided 3 farms and fruit trees in a 4th // Hyena killed 10 goats & 1 cow in 7 incident // Lion killed 2 cows in 1 incidents // Jackal killed 3 goats in 3 incidents

20 September 2017

Zebra carcass found, killed by bush-meat poachers, rangers investigating // Community reported elephant chasing people, rangers responded but found no elephants // Cheetah killed 3 goats and 1 cow in 3 incidents // Hyena killed 2 cows & 4 goats in 4 incidents // Lion killed 1 cow

19 September 2017

Hyena killed 15 goats in 4 incidents // Jackal killed 3 goats in 3 incidents // Cheetah killed 1 goat // Elephants raided 1 farm // Rangers moved elephants away from other farms