Big Life News

TARGET ACHIEVED ON JUNE’S FENCE APPEAL, THANKS TO BIG LIFE DONORS Medium
August 12, 2016

Thanks to those of you who donated, we recently reached - and exceeded - our target of $400,000 for phase 1 - the first 40 km of fence. And more good news...

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AROUND THE WORLD IN 60 DAYS Medium
July 30, 2016

You’ll count about 2,800 miles driving from one coast of the USA to the other. In the first six months of 2016 Big Life ranger teams patrolled this distance on foot not once, but 8 times. The vehicle teams have done a cumulative distance

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AN ELEPHANT CALLED TIM (& A SPEAR THAT CAME SO CLOSE) Medium
June 25, 2016

Tim.  In hindsight, not the best name to have given to the calf that grew into Amboseli’s greatest elephant. But Tim, in all his current glory, the biggest tusker in the ecosystem, is his name. It is because of the size of Tim’s

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BEYOND POACHING Medium
June 11, 2016

THE NEXT PHASE: A TRANSFORMATIONAL LIFE SAVER   We didn ’ t think that it would get to this point so fast. In the 2 million acre ecosystem patrolled by Big Life’s rangers, we currently have poaching almost completely under

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SPEARED ELEPHANT TREATED IN RECORD TIME Medium
June 1, 2016

The message went out at 11am this morning - a huge bull elephant at the Ol Donyo Lodge waterhole with a deep gash on his face. Big Life rangers moved in to watch him, and track him if he left the water.

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8-YEAR-OLD GIRL ROOTS OUT POACHERS Medium
May 20, 2016

You wouldn’t expect to catch a poacher on a walk to your grandmother’s house. But that’s exactly what happened after 8-year-old Manei discovered something suspicious while walking through the bush to her grandmother’s house last weekend.

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FROM IVORY TO ASHES Medium
April 30, 2016

When I was confronted by the 105 tons of ivory, stacked up on the pyre awaiting cremation, I was at first emotionally unmoved, because it was simply too much to take in. Then I thought of the elephants I have known...

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247 REASONS NOT TO POACH Medium
April 25, 2016

You might think that there’s not much worse than facing an armed poacher with your pants down. But there is, and that’s facing an armed poacher and not knowing what to do about it. Big Life recognizes the huge importance of training Rangers to prepare them for the challenges they face because...

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BREAKING THE IVORY SUPPLY CHAIN Medium
April 11, 2016

Ivory makes a long journey from the heads of slaughtered African elephants to the display cabinets of the wealthy in the east. Breaking this chain isn’t always easy, but it’s possible. Big Life rangers have a permanent anti-poaching

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ONE TOO MANY LANDS POACHER IN JAIL Medium
April 2, 2016

Alcohol has a tendency to loosen one’s tongue, and has led many a human down a prickly path. Fortunately in this case, that path led a poacher to prison.

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A TRAGIC WEEK FOR ELEPHANTS AND PEOPLE Medium
March 12, 2016

We have known for a while that human-wildlife conflict was going to be the challenge for Big Life going forward. This last week has made it painfully clear how true this is...

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LIONS RESCUED IN TANZANIA AS KILLINGS CONTINUE Medium
February 21, 2016

The hunting party had speared two of the six lions, and were intent on finishing off the rest. Running for their lives, the survivors somehow managed to escape into the bush of the Enduimet Wildlife Management Area (EWMA) of Tanzania.

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