Bush Journal

IVORY KINGPIN GETS HIS DUE Medium
July 23, 2016

It started two years ago with a raid on a car yard in the Kenyan coastal city of Mombasa. What police found behind the gates was shocking - more than two tonnes of raw ivory, a number representing the deaths of more than 110 elephants. The suspected

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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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THE IVORY BUST… AND THEN WHAT? Medium
May 29, 2016

The mid-night sting is complete, the rangers are calming down after the adrenaline rush of action. The ivory dealer is in handcuffs and no one has been hurt. Now what...

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BLIND BABY ELEPHANT RESCUED Medium
May 24, 2016

We don’t know how the baby elephant got separated from his mother, but being blind can’t have helped. He was discovered wandering alone on Saturday afternoon and Big Life immediately sent a team of rangers to help.

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A CAUSE FOR CELEBRATION Medium
May 18, 2016

This weekend saw a colourful celebration at the Big Life headquarters in Amboseli. The stars of the show were the sixteen rangers who graduated last month from an intensive three-month paramilitary course run by the Kenya Wildlife Service.

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BABY ELEPHANT RESCUED AFTER MUDDY ESCAPE Medium
April 26, 2016

The rains bring life to Amboseli, but they also turn it into a network of muddy boobytraps. Constant churning by wildlife and livestock turns shallow pans and waterholes into slippery quagmires, and one of these nearly cost a baby elephant his life over the weekend.

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FLYING HIGH (WHAT I GOT FOR CHRISTMAS) Medium
January 8, 2016

A window falling out of your plane on take-off is not ideal. A gauge stuck in the red whilst flying is not great either. An engine failure mid-flight is the worst of all. However, that had become the norm flying the old Big Life Super Cub over the

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HIGH STAKES HIDE AND SEEK: TWO NEW NOSES JOIN THE BIG LIFE TEAM Medium
December 28, 2015

When an elephant falls to poachers it’s the end of a life, but the start of something else: a high stakes game of hide and seek. The poachers will often have the advantage of a head start, and the seekers need every tracking tool available.

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