Big Life Foundation
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.
Click on Interactive Map to see Locations for, and links leading, to : Ranger Posts, Latest News, Schools, and Predator Compensation Hotspots. . .
SHUTTING DOWN SUPPLY – ANOTHER IVORY BUST
It started simply enough as they all do: with a phone call. One of Big Life’s informers caught wind of a clue and alerted our trained intelligence team. From there, it can take several days or even weeks, but eventually, an ambush is laid
ANOTHER BIG YEAR
A Note from Richard Bonham, Director of Operations: “Every day, I see ‘situation reports’ come in from Big Life’s Radio Room, records of anything of note that has taken place across the Amboseli/Tsavo/Kilimanjaro
IVORY DEALERS AN ENDANGERED SPECIES IN AMBOSELI
The Big Life informer network never sleeps. It’s a web of eyes and ears, spun wide and lying in wait for the prey: the dealers of illegal wildlife products. And it is proving to be increasingly successful. The most recent catch was two days
HONORING SATAO 2
Three years ago, Satao, one of the greatest remaining big tusker elephants in East Africa, was gunned down in his prime by poachers for his ivory. Today, we mourn another of these last giant tuskers: Satao 2, killed by poachers
THE TROUBLE WITH ELEPHANTS
Mayoyo Kutata is lucky to be alive. Last week, the 30-year-old mother of four was herding the family goats in the late afternoon and stopped to chop some wood for the evening cooking. Caught up in the routine of these daily tasks, she didn’t
THE TEACHER WHO TRIED THE IVORY TRADE
For the last few days, the local community has crowded around every available television in Amboseli, trying to process events happening on the other side of the world, with the planet’s population united in concern about the profound impact that decisions made thousands of kilometres away can have on all of us. It is this same interconnected world that moves ivory from an elephant’s face in Africa to a dining room table on the other side of the globe as a carved trinket.