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...
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
THIS WEEK – LIMITED BIG LIFE MERCHANDISE AVAILABLE
If you missed Big Life’s t-shirt sale last fall, you’re in luck, because we’re bringing the design back for one more limited run! Available NOW until March 27 th , you can order a special edition t-shirt, tank, or market
THE TEACHER WHO TRIED THE IVORY TRADE
For the last few days, the local community has crowded around every available television in Amboseli, trying to process events happening on the other side of the world, with the planet’s population united in concern about the profound impact that decisions made thousands of kilometres away can have on all of us. It is this same interconnected world that moves ivory from an elephant’s face in Africa to a dining room table on the other side of the globe as a carved trinket.
THE ONES LEFT BEHIND
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
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