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


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 the hardest decision in conservation – when to help and when to let nature take its course. One of the responses to this dilemma is simple: if humans caused a situation, then humans can justifiably intervene to fix it. But very

Radio Room

23 March 2017

Injured elephant reported on 22nd found, injury minor and doesn't require treatment, rangers to monitor it // Elephants moved out from behind fenced farms // Baby elephant reported on 22nd rescued and taken to Sheldrick orphanage // Lions killed 3 bulls, community calm // Lions killed 1 cow, community calm // Elephants raided 4 farms // Rangers moved elephants away from other farms

22 March 2017

Baby elephant reported alone, rangers monitoring it // Speared elephant reported, rangers found tracks with blood but later lost them, rangers to continue search // Elephants raided 3 farms

21 March 2017

Injured elephant reported, rangers confirmed, called the vet and he was treated for a spear wound in his foot // Zebra killed in wire fence // Trapped elephants, reported on 20th, successfully moved // Informer reported bush-meat poachers, rangers set ambush but suspects escaped, 2 motorbikes & dik-dik meat recovered, investigation ongoing // Elephants raided 1 farm // Rangers moved elephants away from other farms

20 March 2017

A small herd of elephants trapped between road and railway unable to get back to the bush because of large crowds of people, KWS, Sheldricks and other protecting elephants until they can be moved // 2 lost children reported, but children found a ranger outpost safely // Elephant frightened boy walking in the dark, but no injuries caused // Lions killed 1 calf & 1 cow in 2 incidents, cheetah killed 5 goats // Hyena killed 15 lost goats // Elephants raided 3 farms

19 March 2017

Zebra killed by snare // 1 suspect arrested with giraffe meat, in follow up of bushmeat poaching reported on 18th // Elephants raided 3 farms