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 & 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 315 rangers, with 31 outposts and 15 vehicles protecting 2 million acres of wilderness in the Amboseli-Tsavo ecosystem of E. 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.
A LUCKY RHINO CALF CALLED BAHATI ("GOOD LUCK")
On the 5th of June last year, poachers gunned down a female rhino in the Chyulu Hills National Park (pictured with her calf on the left). Her calf was only 13 months at the time, and nowhere to be seen after the shooting, but a telling blood trail indicated that he too had been hit…
NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR BIG LIFE FOUNDATION
BIG LIFE FOUNDATION is pleased to welcome Kim McCoy as its new Executive Director. "Everyone at Big Life is thrilled to have Kim come on board as our Executive Director," said Nick Brandt, Co-Founder and President of Big Life. "We are so impressed
2014: THE YEAR OF COUNTING (LIVE) ELEPHANTS: BIG LIFE END-OF-YEAR FUND DRIVE
As the rest of the world continues to count dead elephants, here in Amboseli we're doing something much more gratifying…
PREDATOR COMPENSATION: THE PROOF IS IN THE (LION) PRIDE
In 2013, we posted the top photo and shared our excitement at the “coming out” of 4 new lion cubs. Under our protection, these cubs have managed to defy all odds and survive those early years when mortality rates can be as high as 75%…
24 March 2015
Elephant chased a boy causing minor injuries // Community threatening to kill a lion were stopped by rangers & KWS // 2 giraffe carcasses found, one natural death & one sick // elephant treated 2nd time by KWS for old spear wound
23 March 2015
2 lions killed 12 goats, a lion hunt was started but rangers with KWS managed to stop them
21 March 2015
Warriors gathered to hunt after a lion killed a cow, rangers stopped them
19 March 2015
Injured elephant treated by KWS & DSWT
18 March 2015
A zebra foal fell into a pit, was rescued by rangers and returned to its mother // An elephant chased and injured a man, he required hospitalisation, community very upset but rangers calmed them // Rangers euthanised a rabid hyena // Dog Unit reported injured elephant