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
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
NEW DESIGN - Big Life Merchandise Available for Limited Time
Big Life’s rangers are known for protecting elephants and rhinos. But our programs in Kenya extend beyond anti-poaching. We’ve partnered with FLOAT to feature one of the other iconic species that live, and thrive, in our area
JUSTICE SERVED – MORE PROSECUTORS MEANS MORE CONVICTIONS
Last week, it was announced that Kenya will be increasing the number of wildlife prosecutors to help convict criminals. At the moment, there are only two such prosecutors responsible for overseeing wildlife crimes in the whole country
POACHERS CAUGHT, IVORY FROM FOUR DEAD ELEPHANTS CONFISCATED
It would be dramatic to call it the Wild West, but the zones outside Big Life’s core area of operation harbor a collection of shady characters, poachers, and ivory dealers included. Big Life has ears on the ivory routes that thread these
PROTECTING A PREHISTORIC TANK
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.
23 September 2017
Grant's gazelle reported dragging tangled wire, vet notified but unable to treat // Blind giraffe euthanised by KWS // Lesser kudu broke its neck and died trying to jump over a fence // 2 snares found tied to trees in Chyulu National Park, suspects escaped, but identity known // Giraffe killed by electric fence // Elephants emptied two water drums // Elephants raided 1 farm // Hyena killed 5 goats & 1 cow in 3 incidents // Jackal killed 2 goats in 2 incidents // Jackal killed 1 goat // Lion killed 1 cow
22 September 2017
Elephant chased and injured a man, community calm // 4 suspects reported chasing & killing an eland, rangers following up // Hyena killed 5 goat, 1 cow and 1 donkey in 5 incidents // Jackal killed 5 goats in 3 incidents // Cheetah killed 2 goats in 2 incidents
21 September 2017
Zebra carcass reported, cause of death unknown // Elephants raided 3 farms and fruit trees in a 4th // Hyena killed 10 goats & 1 cow in 7 incident // Lion killed 2 cows in 1 incidents // Jackal killed 3 goats in 3 incidents
20 September 2017
Zebra carcass found, killed by bush-meat poachers, rangers investigating // Community reported elephant chasing people, rangers responded but found no elephants // Cheetah killed 3 goats and 1 cow in 3 incidents // Hyena killed 2 cows & 4 goats in 4 incidents // Lion killed 1 cow
19 September 2017
Hyena killed 15 goats in 4 incidents // Jackal killed 3 goats in 3 incidents // Cheetah killed 1 goat // Elephants raided 1 farm // Rangers moved elephants away from other farms