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.

As of July 2013, Big Life's rangers have made 1,030 arrests and confiscated 3,012 weapons/poaching tools since November 2010.

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

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

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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, 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

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