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


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...

NEW! Big Life Launches Ranger Club


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. 

Learn more, and sign up to join the Ranger Club today.




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.

2014 Film: Big Life in Action (6 mins)


Big Life News

Bush Journal


It started two years ago with a raid on a car yard in the Kenyan coastal city of Mombasa. What police found behind the gates was shocking - more than two tonnes of raw ivory, a number representing the deaths of more than 110 elephants. The suspected

Radio Room

26 July 2016

KENYA: Elephant carcass found on Kenya-Tanzania border, suspected natural death, tusks were present

25 July 2016

KENYA: Giraffe tangled in fence, broke its leg and bag, KWS euthanised it // Rangers received information that bush-meat poachers killed a giraffe, rangers found the meat but the suspect fled to Tanzania // No crop damage reported
TANZANIA: Rangers moved 21 elephants away from farms

23 July 2016

KENYA: 3 generators confiscated for illegally pumping water from a river // 1 suspect arrested illegally cutting firewood and charcoal production // 3 suspects arrested with a large building post // No crop damage reported
TANZANIA: Elephant seriously injured a man, rangers brought him to hospital where he died, rangers monitoring the potential conflict

22 July 2016

KENYA: A mentally unstable person from Tanzania found in the bush, taken to police // A very thin lioness with 2 cubs reported, she has a wound in her chest, vet to treat it

21 July 2016

KENYA: An elephant injured in the conflict incident on the 10th (and subsequently treated) was seen still limping, the vet was notified but it's too soon to treat again // Lion seriously injured 1 cow, community calm // Elephants raided 1 farm, community requested rangers to be closer to assist them at night // Elephants moved away from other farms