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.
TARGET ACHIEVED ON JUNE’S FENCE APPEAL, THANKS TO BIG LIFE DONORS
Thanks to those of you who donated, we recently reached - and exceeded - our target of $400,000 for phase 1 - the first 40 km of fence. And more good news...
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
FROM RIO TO AMBOSELI: DAVID RUDISHA & THE MAASAI OLYMPICS
Four years ago, a Maasai runner from Kenya blew away the world record for the 800 meter race at the London Olympics. It was the same year that Big Life launched the Maasai Olympics with a different goal, to provide an alternative for Maasai
29 August 2016
KENYA: Vet treated injured elephant, she was not in good condition and she died later that day, rangers noticed Sheldrick's to collect her calf // Lions killed 1 cow and injured another // Elephants raided 1 farm
28 August 2016
KENYA: Female elephant reported with 2 spear wounds, vet notified and will treat as soon as possible // Lions repeatedly killing livestock inside bomas, starting the 23rd, community gathered to hunt but were not successful, rangers sent with KWS to calm the community // Lions killed 1 cow and injured another // Elephants broke a tap at a borehole // Elephant killed a goat // Zebra and elephants moved away from farms
27 August 2016
KENYA: Rangers found 1 snare, targeting large mammals
26 August 2016
KENYA: Elephant reported near farms, charging at people trying to move it away, rangers responded and moved the elephant // Hyena killed by vehicle // Lions killed a lost camel
25 August 2016
KENYA: Large fire reported in Chyulu Hills // Rangers moved elephants away from farms