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
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...
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
THE TEACHER WHO TRIED THE IVORY TRADE
For the last few days, the local community has crowded around every available television in Amboseli, trying to process events happening on the other side of the world, with the planet’s population united in concern about the profound impact that decisions made thousands of kilometres away can have on all of us. It is this same interconnected world that moves ivory from an elephant’s face in Africa to a dining room table on the other side of the globe as a carved trinket.
AN UPDATE FROM OUR DIRECTOR (Q1 2017)
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
24 May 2017
Rangers found a mentally unstable person in the bush, alerted authorities to return him home // Zebra killed by vehicle // Rangers moved elephants near to a community and on the road // Elephants raided 1 farm // Rangers moved elephants away from other farms
22 May 2017
Elephants raided 1 farm and damaged a grain store, eating the maize // Elephants moved away from farms
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