Big Life News

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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IVORY DEALERS RUNNING SCARED AFTER SERIES OF BUSTS Medium
October 10, 2016

The men sat at a small roadside restaurant, waiting for the ivory to arrive. A Big Life vehicle cruised past, this unit on a separate mission, and a look of concern flashed across the ivory dealer’s face. He turned to his companion and said,

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TRAPPING THE IVORY TRADERS Medium
August 25, 2016

At what point does a poacher decide the stakes are too high? Is there a minimum amount of money below which they won’t kill an elephant? If there is, that price point may be shifting. The reports all say that the price of ivory is falling internationally.

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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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