Big Life News

BAND OF (CONSERVATION) BROTHERS HUNTS DOWN THE KILLERS OF TSAVO ELEPHANT FAMILY AND RESCUES SURVIVOR Medium
August 2, 2015

It started the same way that all elephant poaching incidents do. The grisly discovery of lifeless bodies, five of them in this case, lying in the bush with their faces hacked off. A family group of all ages. What was different though, was what came next...

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ELEPHANT FAMILY BUTCHERED IN TSAVO - BIG LIFE TEAMS INVOLVED IN HUNT FOR KILLERS - NEWS UPDATES TO BE REPORTED SOON Medium
July 30, 2015

It’s the kind of discovery that stops everything: five elephant carcasses laid out on the dusty earth of Tsavo West National Park, the remains of a family. The gruesome scene, found on Tuesday morning (July 28) has sparked a huge coordinated effort, led by the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), to catch the killers.

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ELEPHANT IVORY SIEZED IN BUST Medium
July 14, 2015

An ivory dealer never keeps the ivory; it’s too dangerous. Rather, he will stash it somewhere safe until convinced that the potential buyer is legitimate. In this case, the dealer misjudged.

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POACHERS BUST ALONG KENYA’S BLACK ARTERY Medium
June 11, 2015

The Mombasa road flows like a black artery through Kenya, and along it infections have set in: networks of people with access to ivory and other wildlife products from surrounding National Parks, and a steady supply of transport to carry it away.

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THE EDGE OF HUMANITY: WHERE PEOPLE & ANIMALS FIGHT FOR GROUND Medium
June 2, 2015

Each evening, as the sun sets, Big Life ranger Jackson Kikon rises, and steps with his unit into the darkness. Their mission is straightforward: To patrol the edge of humanity. The places where human lands invade wild lands, and man clashes with animal.

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QUMQUAT AND FAMILY’S KILLER FINALLY JAILED Medium
May 14, 2015

It started with the brutal killing of the famous Amboseli matriarch Qumquat, and her two daughters in October 2012, butchered for their tusks. Big Life rangers caught one of the killers, Pekei Shoke…

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SUSPECTED POACHERS CAUGHT AFTER TWO ELEPHANTS SPEARED Medium
May 11, 2015

Anyone could spot the blood on the elephant track. The other signs, more subtle, showed a panicked elephant herd moving fast…

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BIG LIFE - “A MODEL TO REPLICATE” Medium
April 18, 2015

Africa Geographic magazine looks at the effectiveness of various elephant protection NGOs across Africa, including Big Life Foundation…

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TEAM HELPS INJURED GIANT IN LOOSE GREY SKIN Medium
March 31, 2015

The waterhole at Ol Donyo Lodge hosts a daily meeting - not of men in suits, but of giants in loose grey skins. One day last week, something was wrong. One of the biggest visitors was clearly in pain, and Big Life’s rangers could make out what looked like a piece of metal protruding from his trunk…

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A VERY BAD DECISION Medium
March 22, 2015

They arrived with a just cause, eight construction workers to build a classroom. They must have wondered at all the animals, living in peace and not terrified of humans. Clearly they didn’t take the time to find out why.

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A LUCKY RHINO CALF CALLED BAHATI ("GOOD LUCK") Medium
March 14, 2015

On the 5th of June last year, poachers gunned down a female rhino in the Chyulu Hills National Park (pictured with her calf on the left). Her calf was only 13 months at the time, and nowhere to be seen after the shooting, but a telling blood trail indicated that he too had been hit…

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NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR BIG LIFE FOUNDATION Medium
February 12, 2015

BIG LIFE FOUNDATION is pleased to welcome Kim McCoy as its new Executive Director. 
"Everyone at Big Life is thrilled to have Kim come on board as our Executive Director," said Nick Brandt, Co-Founder and President of Big Life. "We are so impressed

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