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.
SUSPECTED POACHERS CAUGHT AFTER TWO ELEPHANTS SPEARED
Anyone could spot the blood on the elephant track. The other signs, more subtle, showed a panicked elephant herd moving fast…
TEAM HELPS INJURED GIANT IN LOOSE GREY SKIN
The waterhole at Ol Donyo Lodge hosts a daily meeting - not of men in suits, but of giants in loose grey skins. One day last week, something was wrong. One of the biggest visitors was clearly in pain, and Big Life’s rangers could make out what looked like a piece of metal protruding from his trunk…
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…
BIG LIFE RANGER OF THE MONTH, APRIL 2015: MOLOIMET LEGOS
By mid afternoon, the warriors found their quarry, resting under a bush. Seemingly aware of the futility of running, the full-grown male lion stood and charged. At the same instant, Moloimet Legos stepped forward and launched the first spear…
26 May 2015
Thin elephant reported, rangers to monitor its condition // 4 arrested for illegally pumping water with 5 generators
25 May 2015
Cow killed by lions, community ok
22 May 2015
1 arrested for cutting trees for illegal charcoal production // 1 Tanzania arrested for illegal firewood transport // Rangers found elephant tracks with a blood trail, suspected to have been speared, investigation ongoing
21 May 2015
3 arrested for illegal charcoal production
19 May 2015
A lion killed a calf in Chyulu National Park // Elephant conflict high, communities ok.