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...

NEW! Big Life Launches 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. 

Learn more, and sign up to join the Ranger Club today.




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


This weekend saw a colourful celebration at the Big Life headquarters in Amboseli. The stars of the show were the sixteen rangers who graduated last month from an intensive three-month paramilitary course run by the Kenya Wildlife Service.

Radio Room

22 May 2016

KENYA: A lion continuing to harass and kill livestock was darted and relocated by KWS // 2 farms raided by elephants, rangers moved others away from farms

21 May 2016

KENYA: Suspicious person found walking in rhino area, rangers investigating // 1 suspect arrested for illegal word carving in the Park // Lion hunt started after a lion chased calves grazing, rangers stopped them

20 May 2016

KENYA: Ranger confiscated an illegal water pump from a river, notified the chief who held a meeting to stop illegal pumping // Orphaned elephant reported by Amboseli Trust for Elephants, rangers helped capture it so it could be sent to DSWT orphanage // Cow killed by lion inside the boma, community calm

19 May 2016

KENYA: Elephant destroy 1 farm, community upset but ranges calmed them

18 May 2016

KENYA: 2 lost cow-calves killed by lion, community ok // 2 farms raided by elephants, rangers moved other away from farms


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