Bush Journal

AN UPDATE FROM OUR DIRECTOR (Q1 2017) Medium
May 9, 2017

Water. Most of the western world turns on a tap and takes the resulting stream for granted. Here in Amboseli, rainfall dictates everything, and the consequences of poor rainfall weave their way through everything in turn. For example, we experienced

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BIG LIFE’S CANINE HEROES Medium
April 13, 2017

When a bloodhound chooses a direction, the handler has little choice but to follow. As the team closes in on the target, the scents get stronger and the dog grows more confident, pulling ever harder at the leash. By the end, it can be a flat out sprint,

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CATCHING A CROCODILE CATCHER Medium
April 6, 2017

We think that the poacher did it with some kind of home-made trap, probably big hooks tied onto the end of a rope and wrapped in meat. The crocodile swallowed the bait, hooks and all, and the killer either waited for it to die or pulled it straight

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THE ONES LEFT BEHIND Medium
March 14, 2017

It’s the hardest decision in conservation – when to help and when to let nature take its course. One of the responses to this dilemma is simple: if humans caused a situation, then humans can justifiably intervene to fix it. But very

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NEW RIDE FOR THE RHINOS Medium
February 28, 2017

New statistics out of South Africa this week on rhino mortality paint a grim picture. While numbers have dropped from previous years , an average of three rhinos are still killed for their horns each day. And while South Africa is over 3,000 kilometers

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CALLING ALL ANIMALS - RUN RUN AS FAST AS YOU CAN Medium
February 17, 2017

If you are a living, breathing creature, then there’s a pretty good chance that some human out there wants to either eat you, or use your body parts in a phoney medicine. So with each extra person that the planet adds, it’s a scarier

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BIG LIFE Q4 2016 REPORT – DIRECTOR’S NOTE Medium
January 26, 2017

There are two big things on my mind as we move into another year. The first is hugely positive: the announcement of a timeline by China for complete closure of its domestic ivory trade. Many people have put years of work into pushing for this, and

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SECOND CHANCE FOR LUCKY BABY ELEPHANT Medium
January 11, 2017

The rangers guessed that the baby elephant, only about three months old, had been trapped in the abandoned well for two days. Her family, unable to rescue her from the steep sided hole, had moved on. Hyenas had clearly been circling, and the same

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NEVER LETTING YOUR GUARD DOWN Medium
December 25, 2016

Today, Christmas Day, while much of the world is on holiday, the Big Life team and KWS arrested another two ivory dealers.  In addition, there are over 200+ Big Life rangers out there on high alert, as poachers always recognise that Christmas

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KEEPING THE (UNINVITED) ELEPHANT OUT OF THE ROOM Medium
December 14, 2016

There are some places where elephants just don’t fit in. Taking an elevator to the top of the Empire State Building for instance, or chewing on the Queen’s tulips in the Buckingham Palace gardens. They are even less welcome in the

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CONSERVATION: THE NEXT GENERATION Medium
November 22, 2016

You might imagine that every child in East Africa is used to seeing elephants and interacting with the wildlife for which the area is famous on a regular basis. Unfortunately, many living in the ecosystem have never even seen these animals, nor visited the remarkable Amboseli National Park to which they live so near.

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WHY BIG LIFE JUST PAID $34,000 TO 778 PEOPLE Medium
November 6, 2016

Day after day predators kill livestock in Amboseli. It’s infuriating for livestock owners, and the desire to kill in retaliation is strong and understandable. We’re seeing the results all over Africa, lions and other predator species in steep declines. But things are different in Amboseli...

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