About Big Life

Leadership & the team

Nick Brandt, Co-Founder & President Medium

Born and raised in England, in 2001, Nick switched careers to embark upon a decade-long photographic project: a trilogy of books to memorialize the vanishing natural grandeur of East Africa. With the final part of the trilogy completed in

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Kim McCoy, Executive Director Medium

Kim fell in love with African wildlife as a child, long before her first trip to the continent in 2001, and long before she understood the complexity and severity of the many threats to the animals’ survival. Although much of her professional

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Richard Bonham, Co-founder, Director of Operations in Africa Medium

Richard is the son of an early well known Kenyan Game Warden, Jack Bonham. This meant he had an early and vivid introduction to Wildlife, the bush and conservation. After a spell of bush flying in the Sudan, Zaire and East Africa Richard went into

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Amy Baird, Associate Director Medium

Amy serves as the Associate Director for Big Life Foundation USA. She first became interested in conservation issues upon reading Douglas H. Chadwick’s  The Fate of the Elephant for a book report in middle school, and she made

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Meredith Ogilvie-Thompson, Board Director Medium

Born and raised in New York City, Meredith fell in love with Africa from an early age. After completing her studies in Political Science at Columbia University, she travelled across Tanzania and Kenya where she spent time with leading conservationists

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Damian Bell, Project Manager, Tanzania Medium

Damian formed a safari company in Tanzania over 20 years ago called Sokwe. It became a leading ecotourism company that with others pioneered partnership tourism agreements with local communities to enable these communities to benefit from

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Dereck Joubert, Board Director Medium

Dereck Joubert is an award-winning wildlife filmmaker and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, who has been filming, researching and exploring in Africa for over 30 years with his wife, Beverly Joubert. Their mission is to save

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John Magembe, Platoon Commander, Tanzania Medium

John grew up in a small village adjacent to the Serengeti National Park. He only got the chance to go primary school and when he left school at 16, he had to find a life for himself. John got a job as a driver for an anti-poaching team in his home area.

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Craig Millar, Security, Big Life Kenya Medium

Craig is a fourth generation Kenyan who grew up on a cattle ranch in the Great Rift Valley. Having always been interested in wildlife and passionate about conservation, a degree in zoology from Newcastle University UK was the natural choice

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Samar Ntalamia, Project Officer, Kenya Medium

Having worked for various NGOs Samar has over six years experience in management position. Prior to joining Big Life he was operations and Fleet Manager at AID Village Clinics Inc. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in International

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Tom Hill, Board Director / Co-Founder of MPT / Predator Compensation Medium

Tom Hill, a graduate of the University of Texas and the Wharton School of Business (MBA in Finance) was a New York City-based entrepreneur for more than three decades. He co-founded Shoppers Voice, Inc. in 1968 (“the first

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Ole Kirimbai, Community Advisor, Tanzania Medium

Ole Kirimbai is a Maasai and was born in Tanzania on the slopes of Mt. Meru. He grew up as a child looking after his father’s cattle in and around the forests that is now occupied the sprawling town of Arusha. This fostered a child that has

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Jeremy Goss & Nikki Best, Conservation Project Managers, Kenya Medium

Jeremy Goss and Nikki Best come from two very contrasting backgrounds, brought together through a mutual love for all things wild.    Jeremy hails from South Africa, and has grown up immersed in Africa’s wildlife and places.

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Francis Legei, Commanding Officer, Big Life Kenya Medium

Born and raised in the Laikipia District of Kenya, Francis developed an affinity for wildlife as a young boy passing animals on his way to school. After completing high school, his dream to become a custodian of wildlife came true as he was selected

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Scott Bailey (& Team), Website Designers & Developers Medium

Scott Bailey is an entrepreneur, website designer and breeder of Arabian horses in Scottsdale, Arizona. Scott's passion for Africa began during a trip to Kenya in 1987 when he first experienced the beauty of the savannah and the wildlife firsthand. 

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Greg Gubitz, Chairman of the Board Medium

Through his travels, Greg has developed a deep respect for wildlife and nature, mixed in with a healthy dose   of adventure.  He is passionate about Africa and the preservation of its wildlife.  Professionally

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Rob Ogilvie, Board Director Medium

Africa has played a role in Rob’s life for as long as he can remember. His mother spent time living on the continent, working in hospitals in Uganda and then in South Africa, where his older brother was born. He first set foot in Kenya at the

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Victor D'Souza, Board Director Medium

Victor D'Souza was born in Kenya and emigrated to Canada in his late teens.  Victor has an abiding interest in the preservation of natural habitat and is excited about the mandate of Big Life Canada.  Professionally Victor is an

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Raymond Stone, Board Director Medium

Raymond grew up in South Africa and his love of wildlife stems from countless weeks spent year after year in the Kruger National Park. In his late 20’s, he immigrated to Canada where he founded a healthcare distribution company, taking

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Press

THE MAASAI OLYMPICS TOUCHES THE WORLD Medium

From China to the USA, Australia to the UK, the news has gone global. There have been stories by the BBC, NY Times, CNN, Al Jazeera, Wall Street Journal, and many others…

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ONE MAN'S FIGHT AGAINST IVORY POACHERS: RICHARD BONHAM FEATURED IN THE GUARDIAN Medium

“My first wildlife memory, at the age of five, was hanging on to my father’s shorts watching him shoot, what at that time was considered vermin. It was a black rhino."

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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ARTICLE ON BIG LIFE'S TRACKER DOGS Medium

"Apart from their incredible tracking abilities, dogs are wonderful to work with because they don't have any political agenda—they can't be compromised," said Damien Bell, director of Big Life Tanzania, the conservation organization that manages the Big Life Tracker Dog Unit.....

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THE MAASAI OLYMPICS AND BIG LIFE FOUNDATION IN WALL STREET JOURNAL Medium

In collaboration with local Maasai leaders, Big Life Foundation is leading efforts to create an alternative to lion killing for young warriors completing for recognition. The result has been the Maasai Olympics....

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BIG LIFE FOUNDATION ON PBS NEWSHOUR - RACING TO SAVE KENYA'S WILD ELEPHANTS FROM POACHERS. Medium

PBS Newshour just ran a segment : RACING TO SAVE KENYA'S WILD ELEPHANTS FROM POACHERS. Big Life was heavily featured, with interviews with Richard Bonham and ranger, Joseph Meikoki. You can view the entire clip at : http://www.pbs.org/newshour/videos/#115904

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GOOD MORNING AMERICA ON BIG LIFE WILDLIFE EDUCATION FUND Medium

This week, Good Morning America ran a piece on how one American girl partnered with Big Life Foundation to help improve conditions at an East African primary school.....

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BIG LIFE FEATURED IN PHILANTHROPY MAGAZINE, SUMMER 2014 Medium

PROTECTING ANIMALS AND PEOPLE: How donors are using research, security, and economic incentives to save Africa's wildlife

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AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB MAGAZINE : FEATURE ARTICLE ON BIG LIFE'S TRACKER DOGS Medium

“....The dogs quickly zeroed in on the exact bush the poachers had slept under the night before. The men had barely stretched and rubbed their eyes before they found themselves in custody....”

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SIERRA MAGAZINE 03/14: 10 PAGE COVER FEATURE & INTERVIEW ON NICK BRANDT & BIG LIFE Medium

"THE ARTIST AS ACTIVIST" : 10 PAGE COVER FEATURE ON NICK BRANDT & BIG LIFE, INTERVIEW IN MARCH 2014 ISSUE OF SIERRA MAGAZINE. PDF of full magazine feature here at: http://nickbrandt.visualserver.com/UserImages/11/11129/file/NB%20Sierra%2003_14%20Issue%20withCover.pdf

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IN AFRICA, AGONY AND IVORY : THE GLOBE AND MAIL, TORONTO (featuring Big Life Foundation Canada)

The first elephant I saw in Africa was dead. He had probably been wounded by poachers outside the park, then come into the park to die. His giant carcass was covered by vultures, having their fill.

It’s estimated an elephant is killed in Tanzania every 15 minutes for its ivory. The rampant poaching is hard to stop because high government officials profit from the trade....

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NAT GEO INTERVIEW WITH RICHARD BONHAM ABOUT TORN EAR

A beloved, venerable African elephant named Torn Ear was killed in Kenya on February 7 by poachers who shot him with poisoned arrows.
Richard Bonham discovered Torn Ear’s fatal injury while observing him at a watering hole.

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Q & A WITH NICK BRANDT POST-U.S. IVORY CRUSH Medium

Roads & Kingdoms: What was the ivory crush like?

Nick Brandt: It was an important but sad moment, to see the tusks of so many hundreds and hundreds of elephants ground up into deliberately valueless dust, elephants whose lives were lost for naught, like all the millions of others whose lives over the decades have been brutally and needlessly extinguished for their ivory….

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BIG LIFE FOUNDATION IN NAT GEO DOCUMENTARY, "BATTLE FOR THE ELEPHANTS - FILM SEGMENT Medium

BIG LIFE FOUNDATION IN NAT GEO DOCUMENTARY, "BATTLE FOR THE ELEPHANTS - FILM SEGMENT

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BIG LIFE FOUNDATION ON PBS, WEDNESDAY FEB. 27 Medium

On Wednesday, February 27 at 9pm MST on PBS, an important film, "Battle For The Elephants", is airing about the poaching crisis.
Big Life Foundation’s work in the field is featured as a solution. As the voiceover says introducing the Big Life sequence :
“Elephant conservation is a hard sell. So how do you turn people around?...Richard Bonham and Big Life Foundation may have found a way......”

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New York Times : Africa’s Ivory-Driven Elephant Slaughter Continues – A Family Falls Medium

New York Times Article, November 10 - about Big Life Foundation and the sad story of Qumquat and her family

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New York Times : Article about Nick Brandt & Big Life Foundation. Medium

New York Times, by Andrew Revkin :
AROUND ONE PARK, A FIGHT TO BLUNT THE GREAT ELEPHANT SLAUGHTER

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