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
POACHERS CAUGHT, IVORY FROM FOUR DEAD ELEPHANTS CONFISCATED
It would be dramatic to call it the Wild West, but the zones outside Big Life’s core area of operation harbor a collection of shady characters, poachers, and ivory dealers included. Big Life has ears on the ivory routes that thread these
THE ELEPHANTS’ (LITERAL) LINE IN THE SAND : CHAPTER TWO
It’s working well. Just as we hoped. The elephants are no longer walking into a likely war zone. Last year, many of you contributed to the creation of a line of life-saving protection for the elephants of the Amboseli ecosystem.
THE MYSTERY OF THE MISSING LIONESS
The satellite collar hadn’t transmitted data in days, it was a bad sign. With each passing hour it seemed less likely that the lioness was simply on a kill in thick bush, with the vegetation blocking the signal. This was looking to be either
19 August 2017
Bush-meat poachers escaped, dropped a dik-dik carcass when rangers ambushed them // Ivory recovered by Enduimet - TZ rangers from elephant killed on 18th // Fire from 18th started again, rangers put it out // Elephants moved away from farms // Hyena killed 19 goats & 1 cow in 5 incidents // Jackal killed 1 goat // Cheetah killed 1 goat
18 August 2017
Rangers received information an elephant killed & ivory taken across the border in Tanzania, rangers to follow up // Injured elephant reported on 17th tracked to Chyulu Park, partners notified // Fire reported in Chyulu Hills, rangers to put it out // Lion killed 1 cow // Hyena killed 4 goats & 4 calves in 5 incidents // Jackal killed 5 goats in 5 incidents
17 August 2017
An elephant killed a man, warriors gathered to retaliate, but rangers and community calmed them // Elephant reported with injury, tracks show blood and dragging a leg, rangers following up // Lion killed 1 cow & 1 goat in 2 incidents // Hyena killed 2 cows & 2 goats in 3 incidents // Cheetah killed 2 goats in 2 incidents
16 August 2017
Fire reported in Chyulu Hills, rangers responded // Hyena killed 3 goats & 1 cow in 4 incidents // Lion killed 2 cows in 2 incidents // Jackal killed 4 goats in 4 incidents // Elephants raided 1 farm
15 August 2017
Rangers notified KWS of a python that ate a small goat, KWS relocated it away from communities // Jackal killed 1 goat // Hyena killed 3 goats in 1 incident // Rangers moved elephants away from farms