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 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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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


The end of the dry season is always a tense time for both people and wildlife, everything is in short supply, which manifests itself in many different ways. Hungry wildlife push the boundaries leaving safe areas in search of fodder, and worse,

Radio Room

13 November 2017

Gerenuk killed by electric fence // Elephants raided 3 farms // Rangers moved elephants away from other farms // Hyena killed 7 goats and 1 cow in 4 incidents

12 November 2017

1 suspect arrested for bush-meat poaching, 12 kg impala meat, 1 bow & 12 arrows confiscated // Rangers arrested 1 suspect with dik-dik meat // Zebra killed by vehicle // Same elephant from 11th, damaged thorn fence again, rangers to monitor it // Elephant raided 1 farm // Hyena killed 9 goats and 4 cows in 6 incidents // Leopard killed 1 cow // Cheetah killed 3 goats in 2 incidents

11 November 2017

Rangers arrested 1 suspect with 3 python skins // Eland and 2 zebras died, cause of death unknown, suspected drought // Weak eland reported on 10th inside a fence, was able to get out // Elephants damaged 2 thorn fences // Elephants raided 1 farms // Rangers moved elephants away from other farms // Hyena killed 12 goats in 6 incidents // Cheetah killed 1 goat // Jackal killed 3 goats in 2 incidents

10 November 2017

Zebra injured on leg by machete, unable to move, rangers following up // Eland trapped within wire fence, unable to move, suspected drought, rangers to monitor // Elephants moved away from farms // Hyena killed 9 goats and 7 cows in 7 incidents // Cheetah killed 4 goats in 3 incidents // Jackal killed 2 goats in 1 incident

9 November 2017

Elephants raided 3 farms // Rangers moved elephants away from other farms // Hyena killed 15 goats, 8 cows & 1 calf in 9 incidents // Jackal killed 1 goat // Cheetah killed 1 goat