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


When a bloodhound chooses a direction, the handler has little choice but to follow. As the team closes in on the target, the scents get stronger and the dog grows more confident, pulling ever harder at the leash. By the end, it can be a flat out sprint,

Radio Room

21 April 2017

Rangers moved elephants away from farms // Elephants damaged fruit trees

19 April 2017

Two suspects arrested for selling ivory (20 kgs) // Elephants raided 1 farm // Rangers moved elephants away from other farms

17 April 2017

Injured elephant reported on 12th was treated by vet for a stomach wound, cause unknown, rangers to continue monitoring him // Elephants moved out of farms

16 April 2017

Rangers arrested 2 suspects for bushmeat, from lesser kudu, 2 other suspects arrested during follow up // Illegal logging found in Chyulu National Park, rangers investigating // Lions killed 1 goat, community calm // Elephants moved away from farms // Zebra raided 1 farm

15 April 2017

Rangers recovered teeth and claws of lion killed, arrested 2 suspects involved in the killing // Injured elephant tracks found going into the Park, Amboseli Trust for Elephants notified // Elephants raided 7 farms, damaged water pipes // Eland and buffalo raided farms // Elephants moved away from farms