Big Life News

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.

…Continue
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...

…Continue
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...

…Continue
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

…Continue
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.

…Continue
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...

…Continue
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.

…Continue
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.

…Continue
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.

…Continue
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

…Continue
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.

…Continue
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

…Continue