Bush Journal

AN UNEXPECTED LIGHT Medium
July 1, 2015

It was 1 AM, the night dark and moonless. The night shift from Osupuko base sat quietly on the observation point, staring into the black.

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NOT YOUR STANDARD DAY JOB Medium
June 24, 2015

The front line of wildlife protection can be a dangerous place. From machete-wielding poachers to buffalos lurking in the thick bush, being a ranger is not for the faint-hearted.

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DEAD LIVESTOCK = DEAD LIONS Medium
June 13, 2015

It’s a simple equation. And we are seeing the repeated results in the Enduimet Wildlife Management Area of Tanzania. Two lions are dead this year already, speared after killing livestock, bringing the total to an estimated 34 lions killed since 2009. This is in stark contrast to the situation across the border in Kenya.

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TANZANIA’S ELEPHANT-KILLING FIELDS Medium
June 7, 2015

The confirmation is out, Tanzania is bearing witness to a massacre. But in contrast to the devastation elsewhere, Big Life Tanzania, working through our partners Honeyguide Foundation is seeing positive results where we operate in Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs), working closely with communities and supporting rangers.

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ENDORSEMENT OF BIG LIFE FOUNDATION BY HONORABLE KATOO OLE METITO, MP Medium
May 14, 2015

Community support is the backbone of the work that Big Life does, and we are very happy to know that an important leader in Kenya agrees:

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IS THAT AN AK-47 OR ARE YOU JUST EXPECTING RAIN? Medium
April 25, 2015

One word that galvanized the radio room into action… AK47. The report came from a community informer: two men entering the rhino area with the gun…

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PREDATOR COMPENSATION: THE PROOF IS IN THE (LION) PRIDE Medium
February 13, 2015

In 2013, we posted the top photo and shared our excitement at the “coming out” of 4 new lion cubs. Under our protection, these cubs have managed to defy all odds and survive those early years when mortality rates can be as high as 75%…

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THE LIQUID GOLD OF AMBOSELI Medium
January 22, 2015

As a Maasai herdsman, you spend much of your income pumping water for your cattle. Imagine then bringing your thirsty herd to a borehole watering point and finding it empty. Or worse still, the pipes and tanks destroyed by elephant. What do you do…

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DEADLY TOOLS OF A POACHERS' TRADE Medium
January 14, 2015

Man is certainly an ingenious beast, but when it comes to developing new ways to kill he seems to excel himself. This was confirmed again last week when the Big Life Rapid Deployment Unit, acting on a tip-off…

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POACHER CAUGHT IN AMBUSH WITH SEVEN CARCASSES Medium
January 7, 2015

There is a clear line between killing out of desperation and killing for profit. On Christmas Eve someone stepped well over that line, and the Big Life rangers were waiting for him on the other side…

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THE MAASAI OLYMPICS TOUCHES THE WORLD Medium
January 6, 2015

From China to the USA, Australia to the UK, the news has gone global. There have been stories by the BBC, NY Times, CNN, Al Jazeera, Wall Street Journal, and many others…

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ELEPHANT WITH CANCER TREATED IN BUSH OPERATION Medium
October 14, 2014

Elephants may be the mightiest land mammals walking the earth today, but they can be undone by one of the smallest building blocks of life: rogue cells and the cancers that they cause...

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