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
WELCOME TO BIG LIFE FOUNDATION
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.
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
OUR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION: BIG LIFE TO PROTECT KIMANA SANCTUARY
Sadly, elephants can’t own property. But they need a home too, and there are some places that they can’t afford to lose. The Kimana Sanctuary is one of the these. It is small but critical; 5,700 acres of land at the heart of
REST IN PEACE, JAGGED EAR
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
18 January 2018
Big Life, KWS & DSWT aerial teams moved elephants away from community conflict area, reported from 11th // Lion killed 5 calves in 1 incident // Cheetah killed 2 goats in 1 incident // Hyena killed 2 goats in 1 incident
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