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 Foundation was founded by photographer Nick Brandt & award winning conservationist Richard Bonham in September 2010.
With Richard Bonham as Director of Operations for Big Life in Africa, and Project Manager Damian Bell in Tanzania, Big Life has now expanded to employ 315 rangers, with 31 outposts and 15 vehicles protecting 2 million acres of wilderness in the Amboseli-Tsavo ecosystem of E. Africa.
Big Life was the first organization in East Africa with co-ordinated 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 chanting rippled through the early morning mist, a tangible vibration more than a sound. Maasai warriors preparing to clash, but on a sports field rather than a battleground.
THE EDGE OF HUMANITY: WHERE PEOPLE & ANIMALS FIGHT FOR GROUND
Each evening, as the sun sets, Big Life ranger Jackson Kikon rises, and steps with his unit into the darkness. Their mission is straightforward: To patrol the edge of humanity. The places where human lands invade wild lands, and man clashes with animal.
SUSPECTED POACHERS CAUGHT AFTER TWO ELEPHANTS SPEARED
Anyone could spot the blood on the elephant track. The other signs, more subtle, showed a panicked elephant herd moving fast…
TEAM HELPS INJURED GIANT IN LOOSE GREY SKIN
The waterhole at Ol Donyo Lodge hosts a daily meeting - not of men in suits, but of giants in loose grey skins. One day last week, something was wrong. One of the biggest visitors was clearly in pain, and Big Life’s rangers could make out what looked like a piece of metal protruding from his trunk…
NOT YOUR STANDARD DAY JOB
The front line of wildlife protection can be a dangerous place. From machete-wielding poachers to buffalos lurking in the thick bush, being a ranger is not for the faint-hearted.
28 June 2015
Cheetah killed 2 goats // Herd of eland destroyed 5 farms, rangers helped chase them away
27 June 2015
1 arrested with bush-meat (3 dik-dik) // rangers found car reported stolen from Nairobi
26 June 2015
2 snares recovered and destroyed
25 June 2015
High elephant conflict around farms, but rangers kept them from destroying crops
24 June 2015
Rangers found elephant with spear wound, called in KWS for treatment // High elephant conflict in farms