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 “Thanks to Big Life, it is wonderful that Amboseli is more secure, and now one of the few places in Kenya where killing of elephants for ivory is not out of hand.”

- Iain Douglas-Hamilton, Save the Elephants


“I am convinced that Amboseli would have lost many, many elephants over the last three years if Big Life had not come in to save the day."

- Cynthia Moss, Amboseli Trust for Elephants

"[Big Life] has . . . gone a long way to ensure emerging challenges, especially on human wildlife conflict and wildlife poaching, are tackled in a timely manner and therefore ensuring that communities and wildlife coexist for the benefit of conservation as a whole."

- Julius Kimani, Director General, Kenya Wildlife Service

“With its clear agenda and focused action, Big Life is clearly a model to replicate.”

- Africa Geographic Magazine, Elephant Charities: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly




In 2014, Big Life Co-Founder and Director of Operations Richard Bonham was awarded, by HRH The Duke of Cambridge himself, the Prince William Lifetime Achievement Award for Conservation in Africa.

Prince William Lifetime Achievement

The Independent Charities of America Seal of Excellence is awarded to members who have—upon rigorous independent reviewbeen able to certify, document, and demonstrate on an annual basis that they meet the highest standards of public accountability, program effectiveness, and cost effectiveness.

Of the roughly 1 million charities operating in the United States today, it is estimated that fewer than 5% meet or exceed these standards, and fewer than 0.25% have been awarded this Seal of Excellence.

Independent Charities of America

Due to the effectiveness and transparency of our operations, Big Life has earned Platinum level recognition on GuideStar’s charity rating website—the highest possible ranking.

As an early adopter of this new standard (the previous highest level was Gold), Big Life was pre-approved for Platinum status when it was first launched in May 2016.

GuideStar Seal of Transparency 2018


Thanks to positive reviews from our donors and volunteers, Big Life is honored to have earned a Top-Rated Nonprofit award from Great Nonprofits for two years in a row.

"The GreatNonprofits seal is the second most trusted rating seal, after the Better Business Bureau."
- according to a study by Software Advice

"Great Nonprofits focuses on helping people make great giving decisions through socially sourced feedback and reviews."
- Bill Gates, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Microsoft

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Great Nonprofits 2015


Big Life is proud to be a certified member of the Combined Federal Campaign, the official workplace giving campaign of the US federal government.

Donations are made by federal civilian, postal, and military employees.

Combined Federal Campaign



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