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...
As athletes across the world start to finalise their preparations for the Rio Olympics later this year, another set of athletes is preparing for a very different Olympics…the Maasai Olympics.
AN ELEPHANT CALLED TIM (& A SPEAR THAT CAME SO CLOSE)
Tim. In hindsight, not the best name to have given to the calf that grew into Amboseli’s greatest elephant. But Tim, in all his current glory, the biggest tusker in the ecosystem, is his name. It is because of the size of Tim’s
247 REASONS NOT TO POACH
You might think that there’s not much worse than facing an armed poacher with your pants down. But there is, and that’s facing an armed poacher and not knowing what to do about it. Big Life recognizes the huge importance of training Rangers to prepare them for the challenges they face because...
PROTECTING A MODERN-DAY DINOSAUR
The place is like a lost world, inhospitable and untamed. Every bush has thorns that tear at unclothed pieces of flesh; the volcanic rock underfoot is sharp as razors and eats ranger boots for breakfast. This is the world that Kipalero Lenkilasi
27 July 2016
KENYA: Rangers recovered 1 old snare, targeting rhino and other large mammals // Elephants scared livestock from their boma during the night, most of the livestock were found the next morning, 16 goats are still missing, community calm // Rangers moved elephants from farms
26 July 2016
KENYA: Elephant carcass found on Kenya-Tanzania border, suspected natural death, tusks were present
25 July 2016
KENYA: Giraffe tangled in fence, broke its leg and bag, KWS euthanised it // Rangers received information that bush-meat poachers killed a giraffe, rangers found the meat but the suspect fled to Tanzania // No crop damage reported
TANZANIA: Rangers moved 21 elephants away from farms
23 July 2016
KENYA: 3 generators confiscated for illegally pumping water from a river // 1 suspect arrested illegally cutting firewood and charcoal production // 3 suspects arrested with a large building post // No crop damage reported
TANZANIA: Elephant seriously injured a man, rangers brought him to hospital where he died, rangers monitoring the potential conflict
22 July 2016
KENYA: A mentally unstable person from Tanzania found in the bush, taken to police // A very thin lioness with 2 cubs reported, she has a wound in her chest, vet to treat it