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...
The battle lines have been drawn, the warriors are ready. For three months the combatants have tested each other, looking for weakness and respecting strength. All focus is now on the deciding clash, the Maasai Olympics final to be held in December.
IVORY DEALERS RUNNING SCARED AFTER SERIES OF BUSTS
The men sat at a small roadside restaurant, waiting for the ivory to arrive. A Big Life vehicle cruised past, this unit on a separate mission, and a look of concern flashed across the ivory dealer’s face. He turned to his companion and said,
CONSERVATION: THE NEXT GENERATION
You might imagine that every child in East Africa is used to seeing elephants and interacting with the wildlife for which the area is famous on a regular basis. Unfortunately, many living in the ecosystem have never even seen these animals, nor visited the remarkable Amboseli National Park to which they live so near.
9 December 2016
KENYA: Community protecting waterhole to keep elephants from drinking, rangers following up to resolve the conflict // Elephants raided 4 farms
8 December 2016
KENYA: Big Life informer helped coordinate the arrest of 1 suspect selling ivory // Lion killed 4 cows, community calm // Elephants moved away from farms
7 December 2016
KENYA: Rangers rescued a giraffe that got caught in an electric fence // An elephant damaged a fence to get to fruit trees, the owner was angry but rangers calmed him // Elephants moved away from farms
6 December 2016
KENYA: Rangers found the injured elephant reported on 5th, the vet was called and successfully treated it for 2 spear wounds, rangers to monitor its condition // Lions killed 2 donkeys
5 December 2016
KENYA: Injured elephant reported by Lion Guardians, rangers began searching for it // Lions injured 1 cow, community calm // Bushmeat poachers killed 1 giraffe and 2 gazelles, transported meat by motorbike to sell in nearby town