Big Life News

THE ELEPHANTS’ (LITERAL) LINE IN THE SAND : CHAPTER TWO Medium
June 4, 2017

It’s working well. Just as we hoped. The elephants are no longer walking into a likely war zone. Last year, many of you contributed to the creation of a  line of life-saving protection for the elephants of the Amboseli ecosystem.

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SHUTTING DOWN SUPPLY – ANOTHER IVORY BUST Medium
May 2, 2017

It started simply enough as they all do: with a phone call. One of Big Life’s informers caught wind of a clue and alerted our trained intelligence team. From there, it can take several days or even weeks, but eventually, an ambush is laid

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ANOTHER BIG YEAR Medium
April 21, 2017

A Note from Richard Bonham, Director of Operations:  “Every day, I see ‘situation reports’ come in from Big Life’s Radio Room, records of anything of note that has taken place across the Amboseli/Tsavo/Kilimanjaro

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IVORY DEALERS AN ENDANGERED SPECIES IN AMBOSELI Medium
March 26, 2017

The Big Life informer network never sleeps. It’s a web of eyes and ears, spun wide and lying in wait for the prey: the dealers of illegal wildlife products. And it is proving to be increasingly successful. The most recent catch was two days

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THE TROUBLE WITH ELEPHANTS Medium
February 19, 2017

Mayoyo Kutata is lucky to be alive. Last week, the 30-year-old mother of four was herding the family goats in the late afternoon and stopped to chop some wood for the evening cooking. Caught up in the routine of these daily tasks, she didn’t

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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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