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
WELCOME TO BIG LIFE FOUNDATION
Big Life Foundation was founded by photographer Nick Brandt & 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 315 rangers, with 31 outposts and 15 vehicles protecting 2 million acres of wilderness in the Amboseli-Tsavo ecosystem of E. Africa.
Big Life was the first organization in East Africa with co-ordinated 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...
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.
THE EDGE OF HUMANITY: WHERE PEOPLE & ANIMALS FIGHT FOR GROUND
Each evening, as the sun sets, Big Life ranger Jackson Kikon rises, and steps with his unit into the darkness. Their mission is straightforward: To patrol the edge of humanity. The places where human lands invade wild lands, and man clashes with animal.
SUSPECTED POACHERS CAUGHT AFTER TWO ELEPHANTS SPEARED
Anyone could spot the blood on the elephant track. The other signs, more subtle, showed a panicked elephant herd moving fast…
KILLING WITH POISON (and what Big Life is doing to prevent it)
Pungent smoke fills the air, a sickly combination of burning flesh and kerosene. The rangers rake more wood over the nine vulture carcasses; all traces of the poison must be burnt. But the vultures weren’t the only casualties; the poison also struck its intended target...
28 July 2015
5 elephants killed in Tsavo National Park, investigation ongoing // 2 arrested for illegally grazing in the rhino area
27 July 2015
Elephant killed a goat
26 July 2015
Rangers found and removed 7 snares
25 July 2015
2 giraffe carcasses found, suspected poaching due to arrow wounds in their ribs
24 July 2015
1 arrested for illegally trespassing in Chyulu National Park