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...

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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


The rangers guessed that the baby elephant, only about three months old, had been trapped in the abandoned well for two days. Her family, unable to rescue her from the steep sided hole, had moved on. Hyenas had clearly been circling, and the same

Radio Room

20 January 2017

Lions killed 1 lost cow // Rangers found 1 large snare targeting large mammals, including rhino // Elephants raided 1 farm // Rangers moved elephants, eland & giraffe from farms

19 January 2017

Rangers arrested 1 suspect, other escaped with 120 kg zebra meat, a kadoo (bright light to blind animals) and 2 horns (to scare the animal so it freezes) // A lion broke into a boma and killed 1 donkey, community calm // Elephants raided 2 farms // Rangers moved elephants, eland and giraffe from other farms

18 January 2017

Elephants damaged a borehole and water pipes, community calm but requested help for repairs // Elephants raided 4 farms // Ranger moved elephants, zebra, eland & giraffe away from farms

17 January 2017

Lions killed 3 cows that broke out of their boma looking for water, community calm // Elephants raided 10 small farms & 1 15-acre farm, community calm // Rangers moved elephant, eland, giraffe & zebra away from other farms

16 January 2017

Lost 3-year old boy was found by rangers after a night in the bush // Elephants raided 3 farms, rangers moved elephants, eland and zebra away from other farms // A Big Life informer led to the arrest of 3 suspects with 42 kg ivory by KWS