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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

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.

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Number of kilometers patrolled
by Big Life Rangers

1890328

2391

Arrests since 2011

3549

Poaching tools seized since 2011

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Big Life Predator Compensation Fund Film (3 mins)

 

Big Life Endorsements

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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...

Join Big Life's Monthly Giving Program: Ranger Club

 

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. 

Learn more, and sign up to join the Ranger Club today.

 

LIONS UNSCATHED IN CLASH OF MAASAI WARRIORS

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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

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A BAD WEEK FOR THE BAD GUYS

Ivory is still moving along the trade routes that traverse Kenya, but so is Big Life. Our intelligence network is spreading far and wide, the most recent demonstration being the arrest, working with a Kenya Wildlife Service undercover unit,

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23 June 2017

1 suspect arrested with giraffe meat // Hyena killed 2 cows, 3 calves, 1 donkey, & 7 goats in 8 separate incidents // Elephants raided 1 farm and damaged water pipes at another

22 June 2017

1 zebra killed by vehicle // 1 suspect arrested with 5 snares for bush-meat poaching // Elephants moved away from farms // Hyena killed 2 lost goat & 1 cow // Cheetah killed 1 lost cow

21 June 2017

Cheetah killed 6 goats & 1 calf in 3 incidents // Hyena killed 6 goats & 1 calf in 6 incidents // Elephants raided 1 farm // Rangers moved elephants away from other farms

20 June 2017

Big Life intel resulted in 1 suspect arrested with 10 kg ivory // Small fire reported in Chyulu Hills, rangers put it out // Rangers found lost child // Elephants raided 1 farm, rangers moved elephants away from other farms // Lions killed 1 lost cow // Hyena kill 3 goats inside bomas in separate incidents

19 June 2017

Child reported lost, rangers searching // Elephants damaged 1 farm // Rangers moved elephants away from other farms

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