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 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.
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.
THE WOOLLY MAMMOTH AT YOUR SHOPPING MALL: END-OF-YEAR FUND DRIVE
I grew up in England, home of the elk, lynx and brown bear, of the wolf and cave lion, of the woolly mammoth and woolly rhinoceros. Glorious creatures, a wonder to behold as they roamed across the forests of southern England. Of course, this was
THE UNSOLVED CASE OF THE BURIED IVORY
It was a herder who found the body; the lifeless grey mass still a powerful presence in the silent bush. A dead female elephant. The tusks were gone, cut out only hours previously. Rain and livestock had erased all human tracks, and the ranger teams headed for the nearest settlement to see what they could find out.
FIGHTING BACK AFTER BAHATI’S DEATH
Two poachers watched the scene unfold from a distance: spotter planes, a helicopter, and twice as many rangers as normal. The men decided to change their plans: they would go instead to Tsavo East National Park in search of ivory. Little did they know that, just as they were watching Big Life, we also had eyes on them.
FLYING HIGH (WHAT I GOT FOR CHRISTMAS)
A window falling out of your plane on take-off is not ideal. A gauge stuck in the red whilst flying is not great either. An engine failure mid-flight is the worst of all. However, that had become the norm flying the old Big Life Super Cub over the
9 February 2016
KENYA: Lions killed 4 shoats inside a boma, owner was a ranger and so community calm // Two suspects arrested for habitat destruction with 7 bags of charcoal // Buffalo destroyed one farm
TANZANIA: Rangers intercepted 2 bush-meat poachers but they fled on a motorbike, one suspect has been identified and rangers are following up
8 February 2016
KENYA: Lions killed 3 cows and 1 goat in 3 separate incidents, community wanted to hunt the lions in 2 incidents, rangers with others stopped them // Buffalo destroyed 1 farm
TANZANIA: Rangers, community leaders, TZ government officials stop warriors hunting lion pride after they killed 5 goats, 7 warriors arrested, rangers monitoring ongoing situation
7 February 2016
KENYA: Lions kill 3 lost calves, community calm
6 February 2016
KENYA: Boy hit by buffalo, minor injuries, rangers brought him to hospital, community asking KWS to kill buffalo // Zebra found with back injury, later died // Sub-adult lion carcass found, spear cause of death
5 February 2016
KENYA: Lion pride seen looking unhealthy, one limping, vet called to assess // Lion cub carcass found, suspected natural death // Elephant calf carcass found, suspected to be natural // Possible bush-meat poachers seen at night, investigation ongoing // Woman reported missing, found by rangers // Elephants destroyed 2 farms