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...

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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


If you are a living, breathing creature, then there’s a pretty good chance that some human out there wants to either eat you, or use your body parts in a phoney medicine. So with each extra person that the planet adds, it’s a scarier

Radio Room

18 February 2017

Lions killed 1 cow & injured another after chasing them out of a boma, community calm // Rangers found the injured elephant, previously treated, and the wound is healing, followup treatment not required // Rangers moved cows out of no-grazing conservancy // Cheetah injured 1 goat // Elephants broke through a lodge fence and damaged their crops // Elephants raided 6 community farms / Rangers moved elephants away from other farms

17 February 2017

Rangers rescued 4 wildebeest from a well, 3 survived // Rangers moved elephant and eland away from farms // Eland raided 1 farm

16 February 2017

Hyena killed 11 lost goats // A cheetah died after it reportedly got stuck in cattle dip tank // Elephants moved away from farms

15 February 2017

Rangers continuing search for injured elephant reported on 12th // A ranger with Lion Guardians stopped a lion pride from move into an area with cattle // Lions killed 5 lost cows, community calm // Elephant raided 1 farm, eland raided 1 farm // Rangers moved eland away from other farms

14 February 2017

Rangers reported a snared giraffe, the vet was notified, it was darted but did not survive // Eland carcass found with arrow wound, rangers to focus patrols in that area // Lions killed a cow, community wanted to retaliate, rangers calmed them // Rangers moved hundreds of livestock out of a no-grazing conservancy // Rangers found the injured elephant (reported on 12th) but was in bush where it could not be treated, rangers to monitor its movements // The wound of an elephant previously treated has not healed, rangers to monitor it & notify vet for follow up // Elephants raided 3 farms, community angry, rangers calmed them // Eland & zebra raided 1 farm // Rangers moved elephants away from farms