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 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.
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...
As athletes across the world start to finalise their preparations for the Rio Olympics later this year, another set of athletes is preparing for a very different Olympics…the Maasai Olympics.
IVORY DEALERS RUNNING SCARED AFTER SERIES OF BUSTS
The men sat at a small roadside restaurant, waiting for the ivory to arrive. A Big Life vehicle cruised past, this unit on a separate mission, and a look of concern flashed across the ivory dealer’s face. He turned to his companion and said,
TARGET ACHIEVED ON JUNE’S FENCE APPEAL, THANKS TO BIG LIFE DONORS
Thanks to those of you who donated, we recently reached - and exceeded - our target of $400,000 for phase 1 - the first 40 km of fence. And more good news...
AN ELEPHANT CALLED TIM (& A SPEAR THAT CAME SO CLOSE)
Tim. In hindsight, not the best name to have given to the calf that grew into Amboseli’s greatest elephant. But Tim, in all his current glory, the biggest tusker in the ecosystem, is his name. It is because of the size of Tim’s
NEW SPECIES DISCOVERED: THE PYTHOLIN
In the Big Life radio room sits a special phone - a dedicated helpline for farmers that are having trouble with wild animals raiding their crops. Elephants, zebras, elands and baboons all keep this phone busy, but one recent call stood out. The
20 October 2016
KENYA: Rangers arrest 1 suspect responsible for a fire set in Chyulu Hills National Park on the 19th // Elephant calf reported alone and with injuries, the vet was called and treated the calf for 4 spear wounds // Thompson gazelle fawn rescued from dogs, rangers trying to reunite it with its mother // Elephants moved away from farms
19 October 2016
KENYA: Zebra killed by vehicle // 1 suspect arrested for cutting tree for illegal charcoal production // Zebra killed by a snare // Another fire reported in Chyulu Hills National Park, rangers helped put it out // Elephants moved away from farms
18 October 2016
KENYA: New fire reported in Chyulu Hills // Elephants raided 2 farms // Elephants moved from other farms
TANZANIA: Elephant calf found by rangers unable to survive without its mother and died
17 October 2016
KENYA: Rangers arrested 1 suspect with 2 bags of charcoal // 1 suspected arrested for illegal trespass into Chyulu Hills National Park // 10 snares recovered // Large fire reported in Chyulu Hills, rangers helped extinguish parts of it
16 October 2016
KENYA: Elephant carcass reported, cause of death natural, ivory recovered // Elephants moved out of farms
TANZANIA: Rangers found a lost elephant calf, they are searching for its herd to reunite it