Elephants Walking Through Grass, Amboseli 2008. Leading Matriarch Killed By Poachers, 2009, ©Nick Brandt


Big Life Rangers with tusks killed at the hands of man, Amboseli 2011, ©Nick Brandt


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 hard to hide a dead elephant. And it’s not common to have reason to, unless you’ve killed it of course. The poachers were professionals, they knew that the Big Life informer network would quickly report the telltale

Radio Room

13 December 2017

Big Life intelligence helped arrest 3 suspects with 2kg pangolin scales // Elephants raided 2 farms // Hyena killed 2 goats & 1 cow in 3 incidents // Cheetah killed 2 goats in 2 incidents // Jackal killed 2 goats in 2 incidents

12 December 2017

Elephant reported with spear wound, vet notified and elephant was treated, unfortunately the bull later died // Elephants raided 1 farm // Rangers moved elephants away from other farms // Lion killed 1 goat // Hyena killed 1 goat

11 December 2017

Elephants raided 2 farms // Rangers moved elephant away from other farms // Cheetah killed 4 goats in 4 incidents // Lion killed 2 cows in 1 incident // Hyena killed 6 goats in 2 incidents // Jackal killed 1 goat

10 December 2017

Elephants damaged crop-protection fence, community wire fence and thorn fence // Elephants raided 1 farm // Aardwolf killed by vehicle // Cheetah killed 1 goat // Lion killed 1 goat // Hyena killed 2 goats in 2 incidents

9 December 2017

Rangers moved elephants away from farms // Elephants damaged 2 fence posts // Lion killed 5 goats in 1 incident // Cheetah killed 2 goats in 2 incidents // Jackal killed 4 goats in 3 incidents