Bush Journal

KEEPING TIM OUT OF TROUBLE: ONE YEAR ON Medium
September 20, 2017

It’s been one year since Big Life worked with partners to collar Tim, the beautiful Amboseli tusker and frequent crop-raider. He has been busy, raiding farms nearly every other night, and keeping rangers on their toes.

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THE MYSTERY OF THE MISSING LIONESS Medium
August 9, 2017

The satellite collar hadn’t transmitted data in days, it was a bad sign. With each passing hour it seemed less likely that the lioness was simply on a kill in thick bush, with the vegetation blocking the signal. This was looking to be either

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AN UPDATE FROM OUR DIRECTOR (Q2 2017) Medium
August 8, 2017

As we continue to tackle poaching across the ecosystem, Big Life has been investing heavily in intelligence gathering systems and training, supported by funding partners and the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS). This investment is starting

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YOUR HEROES, YOU JUST DIDN’T KNOW IT Medium
July 30, 2017

You’ve heard the dollar values, often well into the thousands of dollars per kilogram – be it a shark’s fin, a pangolin’s scale or an elephant’s tusk. The monetary value put on these worthless animal parts

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A DAY IN THE LIFE OF AN ANTI-POACHING RANGER - IN PICTURES Medium
July 22, 2017

Big Life Foundation was set up to address the escalation of poaching in east Africa. Their rangers put their lives on the line daily to protect animals that face danger from poachers and angry farmers. Here’s how their days unfold

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A BAD WEEK FOR THE BAD GUYS Medium
June 5, 2017

Ivory is still moving along the trade routes that traverse Kenya, but so is Big Life. Our intelligence network is spreading far and wide, the most recent demonstration being the arrest, working with a Kenya Wildlife Service undercover unit,

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AN UPDATE FROM OUR DIRECTOR (Q1 2017) Medium
May 9, 2017

Water. Most of the western world turns on a tap and takes the resulting stream for granted. Here in Amboseli, rainfall dictates everything, and the consequences of poor rainfall weave their way through everything in turn. For example, we experienced

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BIG LIFE’S CANINE HEROES Medium
April 13, 2017

When a bloodhound chooses a direction, the handler has little choice but to follow. As the team closes in on the target, the scents get stronger and the dog grows more confident, pulling ever harder at the leash. By the end, it can be a flat out sprint,

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CATCHING A CROCODILE CATCHER Medium
April 6, 2017

We think that the poacher did it with some kind of home-made trap, probably big hooks tied onto the end of a rope and wrapped in meat. The crocodile swallowed the bait, hooks and all, and the killer either waited for it to die or pulled it straight

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THE ONES LEFT BEHIND Medium
March 14, 2017

It’s the hardest decision in conservation – when to help and when to let nature take its course. One of the responses to this dilemma is simple: if humans caused a situation, then humans can justifiably intervene to fix it. But very

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NEW RIDE FOR THE RHINOS Medium
February 28, 2017

New statistics out of South Africa this week on rhino mortality paint a grim picture. While numbers have dropped from previous years , an average of three rhinos are still killed for their horns each day. And while South Africa is over 3,000 kilometers

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CALLING ALL ANIMALS - RUN RUN AS FAST AS YOU CAN Medium
February 17, 2017

If you are a living, breathing creature, then there’s a pretty good chance that some human out there wants to either eat you, or use your body parts in a phoney medicine. So with each extra person that the planet adds, it’s a scarier

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