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 HAPPIEST NEW YEAR FOR THE ELEPHANT (& A B.F.D.)
As many of you now know, China announced on Friday that it was banning all commerce in ivory by the end of 2017. With an estimated 70% of (illegal) ivory sold in China, this means that the world’s largest ivory market will be shut down. To
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
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
22 March 2017
Baby elephant reported alone, rangers monitoring it // Speared elephant reported, rangers found tracks with blood but later lost them, rangers to continue search // Elephants raided 3 farms
21 March 2017
Injured elephant reported, rangers confirmed, called the vet and he was treated for a spear wound in his foot // Zebra killed in wire fence // Trapped elephants, reported on 20th, successfully moved // Informer reported bush-meat poachers, rangers set ambush but suspects escaped, 2 motorbikes & dik-dik meat recovered, investigation ongoing // Elephants raided 1 farm // Rangers moved elephants away from other farms
20 March 2017
A small herd of elephants trapped between road and railway unable to get back to the bush because of large crowds of people, KWS, Sheldricks and other protecting elephants until they can be moved // 2 lost children reported, but children found a ranger outpost safely // Elephant frightened boy walking in the dark, but no injuries caused // Lions killed 1 calf & 1 cow in 2 incidents, cheetah killed 5 goats // Hyena killed 15 lost goats // Elephants raided 3 farms
19 March 2017
Zebra killed by snare // 1 suspect arrested with giraffe meat, in follow up of bushmeat poaching reported on 18th // Elephants raided 3 farms