About Big Life

Leadership & the team

Nick Brandt, Co-Founder & President Medium

Born and raised in England, Brandt studied Painting, and then Film in London. He moved to America in 1992 and directed many award-winning music videos for artists like Michael Jackson (Earth Song, Stranger in Moscow, Cry), Jewel and Moby.

…Continue
Wendie Wendt, Executive Director Medium

Wendie is a passionate animal welfare advocate. After graduating from law school, Wendie received her LL.M in taxation and routinely advised animal welfare nonprofit organizations regarding international and U.S. state and federal tax

…Continue
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

…Continue
Kathryn Fenley, Treasurer & Secretary Medium

Kathryn began her career as a Veterinary Technician in St. Charles, Missouri while she earned her Bachelor of Arts in communications and a minor in design. Due to her love and compassion for animals, she continued working as a Vet Tech for fifteen

…Continue
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 left the States to travel across Tanzania and Kenya. It was there that Meredith

…Continue
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

…Continue
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.

…Continue
Craig Millar, Security, Big Life Kenya Medium

Craig is a third 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

…Continue
Samar Ntalamia, Project Officer, Kenya

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

…Continue
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

…Continue
Nick Sharp, Head of Technology & Development, Kenya Medium

Nick was born in London and spent his childhood living in the Middle East, Malta and England with frequent visits to East Africa where his father’s family settled in 1915. He went to school at Marlborough College and then studied computer

…Continue
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

…Continue
Scott Bailey (& Team), Website Designer/Developer/Manager 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. 

…Continue
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

…Continue
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

…Continue
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

…Continue
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

…Continue

Press

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....

…Continue
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.

…Continue
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….

…Continue
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

…Continue
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......”

…Continue
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

…Continue
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

…Continue