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


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


Big Life Foundation was set up to address the escalation of poaching in east Africa. Their rangers put their lives on the line daily to protect animals that face danger from poachers and angry farmers. Here’s how their days unfold

Radio Room

23 July 2017

Elephants damaged wire fence around farm & raided crops, community angry // Injured elephant reported on 20 July seen again, vet notified, rangers to continue monitoring // Eland carcass with arrow found, some meat had been taken // Hyena killed 3 calves, 1 cow, & 8 goats in 6 incidents // Elephants raided 1 farm

22 July 2017

3 suspects arrested with bush-meat from 3 dik-dik & 1 gazelle // Big Life intel resulted in arrest of 1 suspect with 1 python skin, 4 poison arrows & 300 gm poison // Elephant reported with 5 wounds, later confirmed from spears, vet called to treat, but elephant unable to survive & was euthanised // Sick elephant found by rangers, vet notified to investigate // Zebra found with machete wound on its side, later died // Lions killed 5 cows inside a boma, community calm // Hyena killed 2 goats & 1 cow in 3 incidents // Leopard killed 1 goat // Cheetah killed 1 goat // Elephants raided 6 farms // Rangers moved elephant away from other farms

21 July 2017

Elephant carcass reported with 2 spear wounds, ivory recovered // Small fire reported in Chyulu Hills, ranger extinguished it // Hyena killed 4 cows, injured 1 cow, killed 5 goats in 5 incidents // Elephants damaged a water pan

20 July 2017

Rangers found injured lion, reported to Lion Guardians for follow up // Lions killed 2 cows in 2 incidents // Hyena killed 9 goats & 1 cow in 6 incidents // Cheetah killed 1 goat // Elephants raided 1 farm // Rangers moved elephants away from other farms

19 July 2017

2 suspects arrested for pumping water illegally // Mentally unstable woman found in the bush, rangers brought her to her family // Lions killed 1 cow inside Chyulu Hills Park // Big Life intelligence led to arrest of 1 suspect with 8 kg ivory & 1 suspects with 65 kg sandalwood // 2 suspects arrested for stealing electric wire from a camp // Elephants raided 3 farms, zebra raided 1 farm // Ranger moved elephants away from other farms // Hyena killed 5 goats and 1 cow in 4 incidents // Lions killed 1 cow inside a boma