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 the crowd

2014 Film: Big Life in Action (6 mins)


Big Life News

Bush Journal


The rangers guessed that the baby elephant, only about three months old, had been trapped in the abandoned well for two days. Her family, unable to rescue her from the steep sided hole, had moved on. Hyenas had clearly been circling, and the same

Radio Room

15 January 2017

An elephant chased a man from his farm to his boma, he sustained minor injuries, then elephant then raided his farm, rangers following up // Lost boy reported, rangers didn't find him, search to continue // Elephants raided 4 farms, community angry but rangers calmed them // Rangers moved elephants, giraffe, zebra and eland away from farms // Sheldricks and KWS trying to move elephants raiding farms on East side of Chyulu Hills back into the park, they wouldn't move and raided 10 acres of farms, community tension high

14 January 2017

Rangers with KWS found the man reported lost on the 13th // Elephants damaged ranger outpost fence, toilets and water tank // Lions killed 2 cows, community calm // Elephants raided 2 farms, rangers moved elephants away from other farms

13 January 2017

Elephants damaged a fence, cement wall and sink // Lost man reported, rangers searching for him // Elephants moved from farms

12 January 2017

A herder reported a hidden motorbike, rangers recovered it, confirmed it was stolen and gave to police // Lions killed 1 cow, community calm // Rangers moved elephants from farms

11 January 2017

An elephant chased 2 rangers, one ranger sustained minor injuries // Elephants raided 3 farms // Zebra, elephants and eland moved away from farms