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


It’s been two years and 3 days since we lost Bahati, but today, Big Life is happy to be celebrating World Rhino Day with a much happier statistic: zero recorded rhino deaths in the two years since that of Bahati.

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15 October 2017

2 suspected elephant poachers arrested for trespassing // Lost child reported, tracker dog unit track him to the tar road, but not found // Rangers rescued 1 wildebeest stick in muddy steam and 1 wildebeest stuck in electric fence // Elephants raided 1 farm // Hyena killed 11 goats & 3 cows in 9 incidents // Cheetah killed 1 goat

14 October 2017

Big Life intelligence helped arrest 2 suspects with 30kg ivory // Giraffe found with leg injury died, vet confirmed injury from person or vehicle // Community rescued zebra foal stuck in man-made waterhole // Large fire reported in Chyulu National Park, rangers couldn't put it out // Elephants raided 1 farm // Rangers moved elephants away from other farms // Lions killed 1 cow // Hyena killed 14 goats, 1 cow & 2 calves in 10 incidents // Cheetah killed 1 goat

13 October 2017

Suspected drought killed 1 giraffe, 1 zebra, 1 kudu, 1 eland // 3 women stopped and warned not to produce charcoal // Big Life intelligence helped arrest 3 suspects with 34 kg ivory //Elephants moved away from farms // Hyena killed 7 goats & 2 cows in 8 incidents // Jackal killed 3 goats in 2 incidents // Lion killed 1 cow // Cheetah killed 3 goats in 3 incidents

12 October 2017

Rangers tracked injured lion, reported to vet, successfully treated // Grant's gazelle killed by vehicle // 2 Giraffe carcasses found, suspected from drought // Truck accident injured 6 people, rangers brought them to hospital // Elephant killed 1 cow, community calm // Fire reported in Chyulu Hills, rangers put it out // Elephant raided 1 farm // Hyena killed 7 goats & 1 cow in 5 incidents // Jackal killed 2 goats in 2 incidents

11 October 2017

Rangers arrest 2 suspects with 5kg ivory // Elephants raided 1 farm // Rangers moved elephants away from other farms // Hyena killed 9 goats & 3 cows in 10 incidents // Jackal killed 3 goats in 3 incidents