Big Life News

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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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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