Bush Journal

DO WE WANT ANOTHER ELEPHANT MASSACRE? Medium
September 24, 2016

More than 100,000 elephants dead, and countless human lives lost. It’s been a long and bloody journey into a tunnel of darkness, but there is finally, POTENTIALLY, some light at the end of it. A recent Africa-wide survey showed expected

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NOT ANOTHER DODO Medium
September 21, 2016

It’s happened time and again throughout history; humans have either consumed a species into extinction or stood by and let it happen. But this time it’s different, or we hope it will be. The world is well aware of the threat faced

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FAMOUS TUSKER GETS HI-TECH NECKLACE Medium
September 17, 2016

Just three months ago, Tim, the biggest tusker in the ecosystem, was speared. For the second time. He had once again raided crops in an area of wildlife habitat increasingly compromised by the invasion of farmland, motivating the farmer to hurl a spear in frustration. Fortunately, rangers from Big Life and Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) units, and Amboseli Trust for Elephants (ATE) research staff initiated searches.

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FROM RIO TO AMBOSELI: DAVID RUDISHA & THE MAASAI OLYMPICS Medium
August 15, 2016

  Four years ago, a Maasai runner from Kenya blew away the world record for the 800 meter race at the London Olympics. It was the same year that Big Life launched the Maasai Olympics with a different goal, to provide an alternative for Maasai

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EVERY ELEPHANT IS DIFFERENT Medium
August 11, 2016

7 billion people in the world, each with a personality. As few as 450,000 elephants in the world, each with a personality. And yesterday one of those elephants was in trouble. We know him as Tofauti, which means different in Swahili, and he is

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HONORING LIONS FOR WORLD LION DAY Medium
August 9, 2016

In 2003, the Kilimanjaro lions living on Mbirikani Group Ranch were nearly extinct. There were less than 10 alive. In the Amboseli ecosystem, the mainstay of the economy is rearing livestock. Lions, being the opportunists that they are, literally

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PROTECTING A MODERN-DAY DINOSAUR Medium
July 27, 2016

The place is like a lost world, inhospitable and untamed. Every bush has thorns that tear at unclothed pieces of flesh; the volcanic rock underfoot is sharp as razors and eats ranger boots for breakfast. This is the world that Kipalero Lenkilasi

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DAYLIGHT ROBBERY Medium
July 13, 2016

Killing frenzies have happened before, and they will undoubtedly happen again. In this case a pride of lions discovered 134 goats lost in a forest, and all hell broke lose. The result was at least 53 dead livestock.

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SPEARS FLY IN AMBOSELI Medium
July 1, 2016

Another week, another huge bull elephant with a spear in it. This time his name was Ulysses, an elephant well known to the Amboseli Trust for Elephants (ATE). After receiving the call from ATE Big Life got a plane in the air and was

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BACK FROM THE DEAD Medium
June 30, 2016

It’s been a year since the gunshots in the darkness. The rangers searched high and low and didn’t find any carcasses, but nor could they find any sign of the black rhino Tara and her young calf. For three months the rangers combed

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NOWHERE TO HIDE FROM DIDI, BONNIE, AND CLYDE Medium
June 15, 2016

You smell… Everyone does. And more importantly, everyone smells different. That’s how Bonnie, Clyde, and Didi would find you. Working in shifts, the Big Life dog team would track you as fast as you could move on foot. Bonnie and

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NO POLITICS LIKE LION POLITICS Medium
June 9, 2016

There’s no politics like lion politics. The biggest males battle it out for the most produtive territories, and the affections of the females within them. It doesn’t happen often, but when it does the world shakes. Last year Big

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