Elephants Walking Through Grass, Amboseli 2008. Leading Matriarch Killed By Poachers, 2009, ©Nick Brandt


Big Life Rangers with tusks killed at the hands of man, Amboseli 2011, ©Nick Brandt


Big Life was co-founded in September 2010 by photographer Nick Brandt, award-winning conservationist Richard Bonham, and entrepreneur Tom Hill.

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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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

2014 Film: Big Life in Action (6 mins)


Big Life News

Bush Journal


It hurts to lose a friend, particularly one that has been around for so long. He lived through the ivory crisis of the 1980’s, and he just about lived through this one. We don’t know how it happened, only that he was alive one day and

Radio Room

17 January 2018

4 suspects arrested for habitat destruction, cutting trees illegally // Lions killed 1 cow, community tried to retaliate and hunt, rangers stopped them // Elephant reported with injury, rangers followed up and confirmed it was an elephant with a natural defect, but is otherwise healthy // Rangers moved elephants away from farms

16 January 2018

Community meetings ongoing regarding elephant conflict reported on 11th // Zebra calf found alone, rangers released it with zebra herd nearby // Zebra carcass found, cause of death unknown, suspected human-related // Elephants raided 2 farms // Hyena killed 3 goats in 1 incident

15 January 2018

Two people found drilling for water illegally, Group Ranch officials notified // Rangers moved elephants away from farms // Suspect arrested with illegal alcohol and 6 arrested for gambling // Hyena killed 1 cow // Cheetah killed 1 goat // Jackal killed 3 goats in 2 incidents

14 January 2018

In same community retaliating against elephants, outside our operation area, lions killed 3 goats inside a boma. They tried to retaliate and hunted, but did not find the lions, rangers following up // Elephant calf stuck in hole from 13th was severely injured and KWS euthanised it // Leopard killed 1 goat // Cheetah killed 1 goat // Jackal killed 1 goat

13 January 2018

Community-elephant conflict reported on 11th continued, another elephant carcass reported, speared multiple times // Elephant calf fell into a natural deep hole, rangers couldn't rescue it because elephant mother and herd protecting calf, KWS called, operation to continue next morning // Rangers moved elephants away from farms // Lions killed 10 calves and injured 1 donkey in 2 incidents // Hyena killed 2 goats in 2 incidents