Bush Journal

DRINKING GIN CAN HELP PROTECT AFRICA'S ELEPHANTS! Medium
April 12, 2014

Big Life has recently partnered with the producers of Elephant Gin, with 7.5% of profits going to Big Life....

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BIG LIFE INFORMER NETWORK SPREADS FAR AND WIDE Medium
April 3, 2014

There is only so far that a ranger can walk. But there is no limit to the distance that information can travel....

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HOW TO SAVE AN ECOSYSTEM Medium
March 24, 2014

International borders are ridiculous things. Often designated by those in leather armchairs far away, they have historically injected senseless divisions into human communities and natural ecosystems. Animals have no regard for these imaginary lines, and neither do wildlife poachers.....

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BACKING THE UNDERDOG PAYS OFF FOR BIG LIFE KENYA Medium
March 11, 2014

Not all tracker dogs are created equal. There are breeds dedicated to the art, from bloodhounds to beagles. At Big Life, however, we decided to give the underdog a go. Didi comes from the Kenyan SPCA. She was a stray, a ball of fluff found stumbling around a Nairobi suburb.

And luckily for her, Richard Bonham came along.....

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WILDLIFE ACT SHOWS TEETH IN AMBOSELI Medium
February 28, 2014

The Wildlife Act is baring its teeth, as at least some magistrates use it to dramatically ramp up fines and jail time. The net result of this will be further deterrent to poachers, even if occasionally, we are still frustrated and disappointed....

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BIG LIFE’S RHINO RANGERS’ CHRISTMAS DAY Medium
December 20, 2013

For rhinos, it is a difficult time, as poachers try to take advantage of the festive period to sneak into the bush and kill rhinos. Security is tightened, and there is a general state of alertness in all our ranger outposts...

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AFTER ELEPHANT KILLS MAN, REQUEST FOR BIG LIFE WILDLIFE SCHOLARSHIP FUND FOR HIS CHILDREN Medium
November 16, 2013

There is a foot path/motor bike trail linking two remote villages on Mbirikani Group Ranch in the Amboseli ecosystem. It is also shared by a host of wildlife, mainly elephant, zebra, Wildebeest and Elephant. Last week, it became the scene of a tragedy.
Musa Lenkoti was returning home after visiting relatives, and when he did not arrive in the evening, his wife became worried. She alerted the Big Life Rangers that he was missing....

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BIG LIFE TANZANIA'S CANINE STARS Medium
November 16, 2013

Big Life’s Tanzanian-based tracker dogs, Rocky and Jerry, go from strength to strength on Big Life’s anti-poaching operations in Tanzania.
The unit has become so popular that Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA), the Wildlife Division, the Police, and even the military have requested the assistance of Rocky and Jerry....

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Qumquat & Family - The Carcasses (Warning: Disturbing Images)
November 9, 2012

   

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TRANSFORMATIONAL NEW DIGITAL RADIO NETWORK NEEDED FOR BIG LIFE FOUNDATION
November 9, 2012

Big Life has however grown hugely in the last 18 months, and the old analog radio technology that we currently rely on is showing its age and falling short in some key areas. A few months of research, and more recently consultation, has fostered a solution using Motorola’s digital radios that more than plugs the holes of our current system, and would give us capacity beyond what we thought possible.
We have come up with a solution that would (and this really isn’t an exaggeration) transform our operation....

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CATCHING POACHERS BEFORE THEY KILL Medium
October 17, 2012

All too often we post stories of catching poachers AFTER they have killed. But yesterday, the Big Life rangers from our mobile unit, acting on a tip-off that some poachers were preparing to go on a hunt, raided a house at night....

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Busy Day Medium
October 5, 2012

The last month has been hectic, with so much going on there has been little time to post what what the Big Life rangers have been doing. As an indicator this is what happened yesterday. Early morning call up, two rifle shots heard at Elerai - that’s

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