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...

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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. 

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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.

2014 Film: Big Life in Action (6 mins)


Big Life News

Bush Journal


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.

Radio Room

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