Big Life News

Another one bites the dust: gang member caught Medium
January 31, 2016

It’s been six long months since the fugitive went on the run, melting into the hubbub of life along the border of Kenya and Tanzania. Since then he has managed to stay out of sight, but was never far from our thoughts.

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CHRISTMAS SHOPPING FOR IVORY Medium
January 23, 2016

Some industries take a break over the festive season, but ivory traders and wildlife poachers certainly don’t, and neither did Big Life.

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THE WOOLLY MAMMOTH AT YOUR SHOPPING MALL: END-OF-YEAR FUND DRIVE Medium
December 6, 2015

I grew up in England, home of the elk, lynx and brown bear, of the wolf and cave lion, of the woolly mammoth and woolly rhinoceros. Glorious creatures, a wonder to behold as they roamed across the forests of southern England. Of course, this was

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THE UNSOLVED CASE OF THE BURIED IVORY Medium
November 17, 2015

It was a herder who found the body; the lifeless grey mass still a powerful presence in the silent bush. A dead female elephant. The tusks were gone, cut out only hours previously. Rain and livestock had erased all human tracks, and the ranger teams headed for the nearest settlement to see what they could find out.

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A POACHER'S CHOICE: $10,000 OR SIX YEARS IN JAIL Medium
October 23, 2015

That’s the sentence that was recently handed to each of the four people arrested by Big Life rangers last year for trying to illegally sell a leopard skin. It’s an important question: what happens to arrested poachers? Stories

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FIGHTING BACK AFTER BAHATI’S DEATH Medium
October 13, 2015

Two poachers watched the scene unfold from a distance: spotter planes, a helicopter, and twice as many rangers as normal. The men decided to change their plans: they would go instead to Tsavo East National Park in search of ivory. Little did they know that, just as they were watching Big Life, we also had eyes on them.

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MOURNING BAHATI Medium
September 19, 2015

  On the fourth and final day, rangers set out at the crack of dawn to resume the search for Bahati, theorphaned rhino calf with a snare around his neck. Bahati had previously survived a bullet wound to the neck and the loss of his mother to

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RANGERS CONTINUE SEARCH FOR BAHATI, THE SNARED RHINO CALF: DAY THREE Medium
September 18, 2015

  The collaborative effort to find Bahati, the snared rhino calf, continues into the weekend. Last year, he survived a bullet wound to the neck when his mother was killed by poachers. Some forty Big Life and other rangers were out

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BIG LIFE RANGERS HOT ON THE TRAIL OF SNARED RHINO CALF: DAY TWO Medium
September 17, 2015

Yesterday at first light, Big Life launched an all-out search and rescue effort after the alarming discovery of a camera trap image showing the little rhino calf, Bahati, with a poacher's snare digging deeply into his neck. A year ago, Bahati’s

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RANGERS RACE AGAINST TIME TO RESCUE SNARED RHINO CALF Medium
September 16, 2015

Last year, poachers shot and killed this young rhino’s mother, hacking off her horns. He took a bullet in the neck that night, but somehow managed to escape into the darkness. We were sure that if the bullet wound didn’t kill him,

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KILLING ELEPHANTS WITH SPEARS Medium
August 31, 2015

It was a deliberate attempt to kill. The young bull elephant had been speared three times, somehow managing to escape his attackers and run a number of kilometers before succumbing to his injuries at a muddy waterhole.

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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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