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


It’s the hardest decision in conservation – when to help and when to let nature take its course. One of the responses to this dilemma is simple: if humans caused a situation, then humans can justifiably intervene to fix it. But very

Radio Room

27 March 2017

Injured elephant found, vet notified but unable to treat because the bull moved into thick bush, vet suspects it will recover, rangers to monitor // Orphaned zebra reported, rangers responded but it was in bad condition and died // 4 lost cows killed by lions, community calm // Rangers moved elephants out of farms

26 March 2017

Rangers arrested suspects dumping trash from a truck from Nairobi // Search for injured elephant ongoing // Elephants raided 2 farms // Rangers moved elephants and zebra away from farms

25 March 2017

Elephant treated on 21st died from its wounds, rangers recovered its tusks // Fire in Chyulu Hills reported, started by herder searching for honey // Rangers searching for injured elephant reported on 24th // 13 lost goats killed by hyena, 3 injured // Elephants raided 2 farms // Elephants broke into a boma and damaged trees, and damaged another farms wire fence

24 March 2017

Fire reported in Eselengei Group Ranch and Chyulu Hills National Park, both set by unknown people // Injured elephant reported, rangers following up // Rangers with KWS arrested 3 suspects with 10 kg ivory & 2 python skins // Rangers found an illegal wood carvers camp, investigation ongoing // Elephants raided 1 farm // Rangers moved elephants away from other farms

23 March 2017

Injured elephant reported on 22nd found, injury minor and doesn't require treatment, rangers to monitor it // Elephants moved out from behind fenced farms // Baby elephant reported on 22nd rescued and taken to Sheldrick orphanage // Lions killed 3 bulls, community calm // Lions killed 1 cow, community calm // Elephants raided 4 farms // Rangers moved elephants away from other farms