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...
NOWHERE TO HIDE FROM DIDI, BONNIE, AND CLYDE
You smell… Everyone does. And more importantly, everyone smells different. That’s how Bonnie, Clyde, and Didi would find you. Working in shifts, the Big Life dog team would track you as fast as you could move on foot. Bonnie and
29 June 2016
KENYA: Injured elephant from 28 June successfully treated // Elephants raided 7 farms, zebra and impala raided 1 farm and buffalo another farm // Ranger moved elephants, eland and zebra away from other farms
28 June 2016
KENYA: 2 lost cows killed by lion // Report of injured elephant, rangers found it and contacted vet for treatment, but no vet available // An elephant blocking the road, trumpeting at people, rangers responded and moved elephant away // Other elephants near bomas, rangers moved them away from community
27 June 2016
KENYA: Suspect arrested for injuring 2 women // Buffalo chased small boy, KWS to euthanise it // Ranger moved elephants away from farms, 1 farm reported damage
26 June 2016
KENYA: A buffalo chased a boy, he suffer minor injuries // 6 farms raided by elephants, ranger moved elephants away from other farms
25 June 2016
KENYA: Lions injured 1 donkey and killed 1 cow in separate incidents, no retaliation reported // Elephants raided 3 farms