Big Life News
For more than seven hours, the Big Life Tanzania tracker dogs, Rocky and Jerry, followed the scent trail of the elephant poachers. Supported by a joint team of rangers, Rocky and Jerry tracked the poachers across the savannah, along steep ridges, and over hilly woodlands.
It was Valentine’s Day, but a day filled more with heartbreak than happiness. Earlier in the week, poachers had killed an elephant bull in a critical area of the Tarangire-Manyara ecosystem....…Continue
We’ve all read the terrible numbers. Just in Tanzania alone, up to 10,000 elephants are currently being poached for their ivory every year. Some 66% of the population in the Selous Game Reserve alone has been decimated in the past 4 years.
But here is one statistic that hasn’t been reported: ZERO....
A few weeks ago I posted a story on how buoyed the conservation world was with the passing of Kenya's new Wildlife Act. I also mentioned that the hunt was back on for Pekee, the notorious elephant killer - suspected responsible most recently for the death of Qumquat and family - who had skipped his latest court case and bail....…Continue
Some sad news to report. Torn Ear, one of the Chyulus' most famous long-lived elephants, has been killed by poachers....…Continue
Big Life’s Esiteti team of rangers spotted a female elephant and her two year old calf in a thicket all by themselves. Knowing this was unusual, they continued to keep her in sight at nearly all times. After a few days, it was clear that the mother was ill in some way, although she had no visible injuries and was still mobile.....…Continue
The long-awaited, years-in-the-making Kenya Wildlife Act finally passed into law a couple of weeks ago. With it, the ramping up of penalties associated with wildlife crime has already sent shock waves through the poaching/wildllife trade fraternity.
Here are two stories that Big Life prosecutions had in court last week that show how the game is now changed...
Armed with deadly poison and specialized arrows, four poachers entered the Enduimet Wildlife Management Area (EWMA) on January 15, in search of elephants and their ivory.
So sure were they of their tactics, the gang didn’t even bother to bring bows or guns. The poison could kill an elephant within a half hour after the arrow pierced its skin....…Continue
The four poachers thought they had timed it immaculately. As the sun was setting, they moved in on Stuart.....…Continue
This last year has been dominated by shocking news and statistics of unprecedented poaching, mainly of elephant and rhino. It has been horrific, and sadly does not seem to be abating.
But having said that, there's also good news....…Continue
On October 27 2012, Nick Brandt took the photo above - of Qumquat, one of Amboseli’s most famous matriarchs, and her family. It was their last afternoon alive together.....…Continue
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 nought, like all the millions of others whose lives over the decades have been brutally and needlessly extinguished for their ivory....…Continue