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


Water. Most of the western world turns on a tap and takes the resulting stream for granted. Here in Amboseli, rainfall dictates everything, and the consequences of poor rainfall weave their way through everything in turn. For example, we experienced

Radio Room

21 May 2017

An elephant chased a motorbike rider, but he was not injured // Lion killed a donkey, community calm // Lions killed a cow and injured a bull, warriors tried to track the lion but were stopped by Lion Guardians // Elephants raided 2 farms // Rangers moved elephants and zebra away from farms

20 May 2017

Elephants damaged a thorn fenced boma, community okay // Lost cow killed by lion, owner calm // Elephants raided 3 farms // Rangers moved elephants away from other farms

18 May 2017

Lions killed 3 goats and injured 2 cows inside a boma, community angry & threatened to kill lions // Rangers moved cows out of no-grazing conservancy // Elephants raided 1 farm // Rangers moved elephants away from other farms

17 May 2017

Lions killed a goat inside a boma, community calm // Elephants damaged a school fence and knocked a tree onto a house inside, community angry // Elephants too close to another community, causing problems, community complained // Elephants damaged borehole water pipes, community okay // Rangers moved elephants away from farms

15 May 2017

Rangers reported charcoal burning in Eselengei Group Ranch, community meeting will be held to address the issue // Zebra killed by vehicle // Rangers moved cows out of no-grazing conservancy // Rangers found an old man lost in the bush, brought him to the area chief // Elephants raided 2 farms // Rangers moved elephants away from other farms