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 Foundation was founded by photographer Nick Brandt and award winning conservationist Richard Bonham in September 2010.

With Richard Bonham as Director of Operations for Big Life in Africa, and Project Manager Damian Bell in Tanzania, Big Life has now expanded to employ hundreds of local Maasai rangers, with 31 outposts and 15 vehicles protecting 2 million acres of wilderness in the Amboseli-Tsavo-Kilimanjaro ecosystem of East Africa.

Big Life was the first organization in East Africa with co-ordinated 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.




The chanting rippled through the early morning mist, a tangible vibration more than a sound. Maasai warriors preparing to clash, but on a sports field rather than a battleground.

2014 Film: Big Life in Action (6 mins)


Big Life News

Bush Journal


Neck-deep in water and sludge, the baby wildebeest could only wait to die. Looking for a drink at this dry time of year, she had fallen into a well near Manyara Ranch in Tanzania and there was no way out...

Radio Room

9 October 2015

KENYA: 3 suspects arrested for habitat destruction, tree cutting // Lion pride killed a cow // Fire reported, rangers and community put it out but large area was destroyed
TANZANIA: Rangers rescued a zebra stuck in mud at a water hole, but it didn't survive

8 October 2015

KENYA: Sick hippo reported, rangers investigating // Piece of ivory collected from the bush
TANZANIA: 2 charcoal kilns destroyed

6 October 2015

TANZANIA: 1 man arrested with 30 sacks of charcoal and a tractor

5 October 2015

KENYA: Rangers arrest 2 suspects with 5 pieces of ivory
TANZANIA: Rangers rescue 12 sandgrouse caught in a net trap, net seized // Rangers reported a cheetah's leg caught in a snare, vet was notified

4 October 2015

KENYA: Eland poached, rangers investigating

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