Big Life News

THE PART-TIME POACHERS: A DEADLY TREND Medium
September 12, 2017

The Big Life rapid response unit waited quietly in the dark. According to the intelligence, the poachers were coming this way. When, or whether on foot or in a vehicle, no-one knew. Finally, lights on the horizon. The vehicle slowed as the rangers

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THE GREEN HILLS OF KENYA ARE GOING REDD+ Medium
August 14, 2017

The port city of Mombasa is also Kenya’s second most populous urban area, with close to one million inhabitants. It’s one of the world’s ivory smuggling hubs, and one of the economic centers of Kenya. You might think that

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POACHERS CAUGHT, IVORY FROM FOUR DEAD ELEPHANTS CONFISCATED Medium
July 28, 2017

It would be dramatic to call it the Wild West, but the zones outside Big Life’s core area of operation harbor a collection of shady characters, poachers, and ivory dealers included. Big Life has ears on the ivory routes that thread these

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NDAWE’S JOURNEY ENDS AT THE HANDS OF HUMANS Medium
July 25, 2017

Ndawe was the missing link, the proof that we were looking for. We were sure that elephants made the long journey between Tsavo and Amboseli, and he was the confirmation. Ndawe was what was known as a ‘hundred pounder’, an elephant

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THE ELEPHANTS’ (LITERAL) LINE IN THE SAND : CHAPTER TWO Medium
June 4, 2017

It’s working well. Just as we hoped. The elephants are no longer walking into a likely war zone. Last year, many of you contributed to the creation of a  line of life-saving protection for the elephants of the Amboseli ecosystem.

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SHUTTING DOWN SUPPLY – ANOTHER IVORY BUST Medium
May 2, 2017

It started simply enough as they all do: with a phone call. One of Big Life’s informers caught wind of a clue and alerted our trained intelligence team. From there, it can take several days or even weeks, but eventually, an ambush is laid

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ANOTHER BIG YEAR Medium
April 21, 2017

A Note from Richard Bonham, Director of Operations:  “Every day, I see ‘situation reports’ come in from Big Life’s Radio Room, records of anything of note that has taken place across the Amboseli/Tsavo/Kilimanjaro

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IVORY DEALERS AN ENDANGERED SPECIES IN AMBOSELI Medium
March 26, 2017

The Big Life informer network never sleeps. It’s a web of eyes and ears, spun wide and lying in wait for the prey: the dealers of illegal wildlife products. And it is proving to be increasingly successful. The most recent catch was two days

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THE TROUBLE WITH ELEPHANTS Medium
February 19, 2017

Mayoyo Kutata is lucky to be alive. Last week, the 30-year-old mother of four was herding the family goats in the late afternoon and stopped to chop some wood for the evening cooking. Caught up in the routine of these daily tasks, she didn’t

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THE TEACHER WHO TRIED THE IVORY TRADE Medium
January 24, 2017

For the last few days, the local community has crowded around every available television in Amboseli, trying to process events happening on the other side of the world, with the planet’s population united in concern about the profound impact that decisions made thousands of kilometres away can have on all of us. It is this same interconnected world that moves ivory from an elephant’s face in Africa to a dining room table on the other side of the globe as a carved trinket.

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CROSS-BORDER IVORY SMUGGLERS NABBED Medium
January 15, 2017

It seems an obvious solution; if the selling price of a product drops in one country then why not try selling it in a neighbouring one? The three men decided to try the Kenyan border town of Namanga. They had four whole tusks to sell, 40kg of ivory,

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UNITED THEY STAND (But Only with Your Help): Medium
December 4, 2016

Many of you by now know the elephant in the photo above. Her name is Qumquat, seen here in Amboseli one July afternoon in 2012. Several days after I took this photo, Qumquat and two of her daughters were brutally murdered by one of Amboseli’s

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