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


It’s been two years and 3 days since we lost Bahati, but today, Big Life is happy to be celebrating World Rhino Day with a much happier statistic: zero recorded rhino deaths in the two years since that of Bahati.

Radio Room

18 October 2017

Bushbuck killed by electric fence // Zebra carcass found, cause of death suspected drought // Hyena killed by vehicle // Python reportedly swallowed a goat kid, community okay // Zebra rescued from man-made well // 2 zebra and 1 wildebeest drown in man-made wells // Elephants raided 1 farm // Rangers moved elephants away from other farms // Hyena killed 13 goats, 6 cows & 1 calf in 9 incidents // Cheetah killed 5 goats in 3 incidents

17 October 2017

Grant's gazelle and 2 giraffe carcasses found, suspected from drought // Grant's gazelle killed by bushmeat poachers // Large fire reported in Chyulu Hills, rangers could not put it out // Rangers moved elephants away from farms // Hyena killed 19 goats, 2 cows & 2 cow calves in 14 incidents // Jackal killed 2 goat in 2 incidents // Cheetah killed 2 goats and 1 calf in 2 incidents

16 October 2017

Eland and zebra carcass found, cause of death suspected from drought // Kudu reported with leg injury // One zebra drown in natural stream // Another zebra rescued from muddy stream, but later died // Elephants raided 2 farms // Rangers moved elephants away from other farms // Hyena killed 26 goats, 3 cows & 1 calf in 12 incidents // Cheetah killed 3 goats in 2 incidents

15 October 2017

2 suspected elephant poachers arrested for trespassing // Lost child reported, tracker dog unit track him to the tar road, but not found // Rangers rescued 1 wildebeest stick in muddy steam and 1 wildebeest stuck in electric fence // Elephants raided 1 farm // Hyena killed 11 goats & 3 cows in 9 incidents // Cheetah killed 1 goat

14 October 2017

Big Life intelligence helped arrest 2 suspects with 30kg ivory // Giraffe found with leg injury died, vet confirmed injury from person or vehicle // Community rescued zebra foal stuck in man-made waterhole // Large fire reported in Chyulu National Park, rangers couldn't put it out // Elephants raided 1 farm // Rangers moved elephants away from other farms // Lions killed 1 cow // Hyena killed 14 goats, 1 cow & 2 calves in 10 incidents // Cheetah killed 1 goat