Big Life Foundation 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 local 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.

To date, Big Life's rangers have made over 2,000 arrests and confiscated over 3,000 weapons and poaching tools.

Recognizing that sustainable conservation can only be achieved through a collaborative, community-based approach, Big Life uses innovative conservation strategies to address the greatest threats, reduce the loss of wildlife to poaching, combat the ivory trade, mitigate human-wildlife conflict, protect the great predators, and manage scarce and fragile natural resources. 

Big Life’s goal is to take the successful holistic conservation model established in the Amboseli-Tsavo-Kilimanjaro ecosystem and replicate it across the African continent.


“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, November 2013

“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, November 2013