Big Life Foundation
WELCOME TO BIG LIFE FOUNDATION
Big Life Foundation was founded by photographer Nick Brandt & conservationist Richard Bonham in September 2010.
With Richard Bonham as Director of Operations for Big Life in Africa, and Project Manager Damian Bell in Tanzania, Big Life has now expanded to employ 315 rangers, with 31 outposts and 15 vehicles protecting 2 million acres of wilderness in the Amboseli-Tsavo ecosystem of E. Africa.
Big Life is the only organization in East Africa with co-ordinated cross-border anti-poaching operations.
Click on Interactive Map to see Locations for, and links leading, to : Ranger Posts, Latest News, Schools, and Predator Compensation Hotspots. . .
2014 Film: Big Life in Action
“THREE MEN, ONE GUN, HEADING FOR TSAVO NATIONAL PARK”
The news sends a shiver down Big Life’s collective spine. The knowledge that as we sit, listening to the message, poachers are moving through our area on a deadly mission: to kill elephant ....
BIG LIFE ELITE MOBILE RAPID RESPONSE TEAM
In the escalating war against poaching, there will be battles that we lose, and battles we can win.
So far, in the three and half years of Big Life’s existence, our 315 rangers, spread across 2 million acres of Kenyan and Tanzanian wilderness, have done an incredibly effective job at dramatically reducing poaching in the region.
But in the areas immediately outside the areas that we protect, the animals are still being killed at an alarming rate....
THE SHAME OF A LION KILLER
The motive was simple: Revenge, and a dead lion won’t kill again.
Several weeks ago, a Maasai pastoralist in the Big Life area lost a donkey to a lion. In return, the ecosystem lost a lion....
ANOTHER BULL ELEPHANT POACHED IN THE AREA BIG LIFE HOPES TO EXPAND INTO.
In the dark world of wildlife poaching and black market ivory trading, information is everything.
Several weeks ago, Big Life deployed a team of three rangers and three informers to an area just beyond the edge of our normal operations, where we had heard that poachers were active. Their instructions were simple: wear civilian clothing, blend in and try to find out more....
PREGNANT ELEPHANT SPEARED TO DEATH IN AMBOSELI
Just south of Amboseli National Park, the slopes of Kilmanjaro descend across the Tanzania border and on towards the Kimana Wildlife Sanctuary. It was here that a herder tending his sheep came across a dead elephant, so fresh that blood was still seeping from its wounds. Even more tragic was that this elephant was a pregnant female, soon to have given birth.
The herder was a relative of one of the Big Life rangers, who he called on his mobile phone. Within an hour, a Big Life team and Kenya Wildlife Service were on the ground....
MEANWHILE, IN BETTER NEWS....AN ELEPHANT SAVED
One day you’re down, the next you’re up. Losing two elephants to poaching (and now a third in the form of the pregnant female to what may be human/wildlife conflict) since the start of the year has been disheartening, but it’s the positive stories that buoy us at Big Life.
On March 16, a Big Life ranger unit was operating in our area to the south of Amboseli National Park. They came across a lone bull elephant, walking on only three legs and clearly in distress. The rangers got closer, and discovered a deep wound on his badly swollen fourth limb...