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
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.
by Big Life Rangers
Arrests since 2011
Poaching tools seized since 2011
...will pay for the salary and upkeep of one ranger for one month.
...will keep the Super Cub plane in Kenya in the air for one hour of aerial monitoring.
...will equip and replace equipment for a ranger for one year.
...will purchase a camera trap in the rhino habitat area.
...will purchase a hand-held Radio for rangers
...will cover fuel costs on one vehicle for one month.
...will cover the costs of the informer network for one month in both countries.
...will pay for a set of Night Vision Surveillance equipment.
...will pay for one month of both tracker dog units in Kenya and Tanzania.
...will pay for one lightweight mobile camping unit.
...will cover the cost of a new anti-poaching vehicle.
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...
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
THE HAPPIEST NEW YEAR FOR THE ELEPHANT (& A B.F.D.)
As many of you now know, China announced on Friday that it was banning all commerce in ivory by the end of 2017. With an estimated 70% of (illegal) ivory sold in China, this means that the world’s largest ivory market will be shut down. To
IVORY DEALERS RUNNING SCARED AFTER SERIES OF BUSTS
The men sat at a small roadside restaurant, waiting for the ivory to arrive. A Big Life vehicle cruised past, this unit on a separate mission, and a look of concern flashed across the ivory dealer’s face. He turned to his companion and said,
SECOND CHANCE FOR LUCKY BABY ELEPHANT
The rangers guessed that the baby elephant, only about three months old, had been trapped in the abandoned well for two days. Her family, unable to rescue her from the steep sided hole, had moved on. Hyenas had clearly been circling, and the same
20 January 2017
Lions killed 1 lost cow // Rangers found 1 large snare targeting large mammals, including rhino // Elephants raided 1 farm // Rangers moved elephants, eland & giraffe from farms
19 January 2017
Rangers arrested 1 suspect, other escaped with 120 kg zebra meat, a kadoo (bright light to blind animals) and 2 horns (to scare the animal so it freezes) // A lion broke into a boma and killed 1 donkey, community calm // Elephants raided 2 farms // Rangers moved elephants, eland and giraffe from other farms
18 January 2017
Elephants damaged a borehole and water pipes, community calm but requested help for repairs // Elephants raided 4 farms // Ranger moved elephants, zebra, eland & giraffe away from farms
17 January 2017
Lions killed 3 cows that broke out of their boma looking for water, community calm // Elephants raided 10 small farms & 1 15-acre farm, community calm // Rangers moved elephant, eland, giraffe & zebra away from other farms
16 January 2017
Lost 3-year old boy was found by rangers after a night in the bush // Elephants raided 3 farms, rangers moved elephants, eland and zebra away from other farms // A Big Life informer led to the arrest of 3 suspects with 42 kg ivory by KWS