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. . .
Big Life 2014 : 6 minute film of Big Life in Action
BIG LIFE FOUNDATION IN TANZANIA / WEST KILIMANJARO : ZERO ELEPHANTS POACHED IN 2013
We’ve all read the terrible numbers. Just in Tanzania alone, up to 10,000 elephants are currently being poached for their ivory every year. Some 66% of the population in the Selous Game Reserve alone has been decimated in the past 4 years.
But here is one statistic that hasn’t been reported: ZERO....
BIG LIFE’S TRACKER DOGS RECOVER IVORY AFTER POACHERS KILL ELEPHANT IN TARANGIRE/MANYARA
For more than seven hours, the Big Life Tanzania tracker dogs, Rocky and Jerry, followed the scent trail of the elephant poachers. Supported by a joint team of rangers, Rocky and Jerry tracked the poachers across the savannah, along steep ridges, and over hilly woodlands.
It was Valentine’s Day, but a day filled more with heartbreak than happiness. Earlier in the week, poachers had killed an elephant bull in a critical area of the Tarangire-Manyara ecosystem....
A TWIST IN THE TALE: THE ONGOING SAGA OF PEKEI, THE SUSPECTED KILLER OF QUMQUAT
A few weeks ago I posted a story on how buoyed the conservation world was with the passing of Kenya's new Wildlife Act. I also mentioned that the hunt was back on for Pekee, the notorious elephant killer - suspected responsible most recently for the death of Qumquat and family - who had skipped his latest court case and bail....
THE GREAT TORN EAR OF THE CHYULUS - VICTIM OF POACHERS' SPEARS
Some sad news to report. Torn Ear, one of the Chyulus' most famous long-lived elephants, has been killed by poachers....
A CHANGE COMIN’ ON : THE NEWLY-MINTED KENYA WILDLIFE ACT (and what it means for Big Life)
The long-awaited, years-in-the-making Kenya Wildlife Act finally passed into law a couple of weeks ago. With it, the ramping up of penalties associated with wildlife crime has already sent shock waves through the poaching/wildllife trade fraternity.
Here are two stories that Big Life prosecutions had in court last week that show how the game is now changed...
ELEPHANT POACHERS ARRESTED BY BIG LIFE TEAM & DOG UNIT IN W. KILIMANJARO
Armed with deadly poison and specialized arrows, four poachers entered the Enduimet Wildlife Management Area (EWMA) on January 15, in search of elephants and their ivory.
So sure were they of their tactics, the gang didn’t even bother to bring bows or guns. The poison could kill an elephant within a half hour after the arrow pierced its skin....