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


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...

Join Big Life's Monthly Giving Program: Ranger Club


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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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.

2014 Film: Big Life in Action (6 mins)


Big Life News

Bush Journal


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

Radio Room

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