Original

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

Original

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.

Read more


Number of kilometers patrolled
by Big Life Rangers

1824908

2318

Arrests since 2011

3445

Poaching tools seized since 2011

$

Big Life Predator Compensation Fund Film (3 mins)

 

Big Life Endorsements

Large

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...

Join Big Life's Monthly Giving Program: 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.

 

LIONS UNSCATHED IN CLASH OF MAASAI WARRIORS

Large

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

Large
CALLING ALL ANIMALS - RUN RUN AS FAST AS YOU CAN

If you are a living, breathing creature, then there’s a pretty good chance that some human out there wants to either eat you, or use your body parts in a phoney medicine. So with each extra person that the planet adds, it’s a scarier

Radio Room

23 February 2017

Two lions killed by cow carcass laced with poison, ranges burned the carcasses and investigating possible Tanzania suspects // A hippo raided a farm // Rangers moved elephants away from farms

22 February 2017

Lions killed 2 donkeys inside a boma, community ok // 2 old giraffe carcasses found, suspected bush-meat poachers // Elephants raided 3 farms // Rangers moved elephants away from other farms

21 February 2017

Rangers arrested 6 suspects in the rhino area, suspected to be digging under fence to create entry point for poachers // Elephants broke into a food store and ate beans and potato seeds, community calm // Lion killed 1 cow // Previously treated elephant requires follow up treatment, vet alerted // Elephant chased a man on a motorbike, no injury caused // Elephants raided 3 farms, community angry but rangers calmed them

20 February 2017

Elephant broke into a boma and damaged a house, no one injured // Elephants raided 3 farms

19 February 2017

Tracks from suspected poachers reported in Chyulu National Park, rangers following up // Elephants on the wrong side of an electric fence, were moved by rangers, but they damaged the fence // Rangers moved cows out of a no-grazing area around a lodge and arrested 4 herders // Elephants raided 2 farms // Rangers moved elephants away from other farms

Accolades