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....…Continue
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...…Continue
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....
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....
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....
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....…Continue
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…Continue
A fit, healthy, young adult sitting bone idle can last anywhere from 5 to 7 days without water one's prospects go south from there pretty quickly when conditions get any trickier. The scorched plains of Mbirikani Group Ranch between two rainy seasons offer something near the ultimate test, so how long do you think a blind man in his '60s walking 15km a day without water or food would survive? This week we got terrifyingly close to finding out.…Continue
An informer called the Kimana camp at 6 in the morning yesterday. His message was brief. Go to a certain house on the border of Kimana sanctuary and you will find something. The Big Life rangers were there at first light...…Continue
Last week, a herder moving his cattle saw an elephant limping badly and informed the Big Life rangers who immediately went to scene. It was obvious that the elephant needed help....…Continue
The Big Life Game Rangers have a tough job, routine day patrols, night patrols, spending night after night in ambushes which more often than not don't come to anything, taking on armed and dangerous poachers and so on. I try and praise them where I can to keep morale up, but often feel they don't get the recognition they deserve.…Continue