Bush Journal

SOMETHING BIG GOES UP IN SMOKE Medium
April 28, 2016

Everyone is talking about it, and as well they should be. This weekend something big is happening. To be more accurate, something big is going up in smoke, 105 tons of it.  This Saturday, Kenya will be putting a match to the largest stockpile

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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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MAASAI TRIBESMAN MEETS CHILDREN’S TEARS IN HONG KONG Medium
December 22, 2015

“Do you wear underpants beneath your Maasai dress?” An awkward start to a Q&A session, but one of the more humorous questions that Daniel ole Sambu, a Maasai tribesman and Big Life staff member, received from one of the 2600

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TRACKER DOGS PUTTING THEMSELVES OUT OF BUSINESS Medium
December 17, 2015

November, one year ago. Rangers at the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania received one of the dreaded calls: an elephant had been killed by poachers. The anti-poaching unit set off immediately, but they weren’t alone. With them were

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POISON DESTROYS LION PRIDE THAT VENTURED TOO FAR Medium
December 11, 2015

The dead flies are the first sign, their blue bodies in glittering piles, reflecting the sun. Followed by that sinking feeling, discovering that the poisoned cow had been eaten by more than just flies...

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LIONS DYING, BUT NOT IN AMBOSELI Medium
December 8, 2015

Poison. It’s everywhere, used across the world to kill pests on crops and livestock. But in Africa those same products are used to kill lions. This last weekend, we saw another sad example of this in the Maasai Mara of Kenya. One lioness

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BIG LIFE IN SINGAPORE Medium
December 3, 2015

Daniel Ole Sambu continues his visit to East Asia, representing Big Life Foundation and the Maasai of Amboseli. With assistance from The Elephant Society, Daniel has been visiting local schools and engaging with more than 2000 children.

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A MIDNIGHT STRIKE Medium
November 29, 2015

The explosion rippled through the Maasai homesteads in the early hours of the morning. Kinyaku Konee sat bolt upright in bed, knowing instinctively that his world had shifted in some way.

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BIG LIFE IN HONG KONG Medium
November 24, 2015

This week Big Life has been to the heart of the market for ivory in Hong Kong. One of our program coordinators in Kenya, Daniel Ole Sambu, participated in a march with WildAid Hong Kong and the Elephant Society to protest ivory sales, asking the

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RANGERS RESCUE SNARED CHEETAH Medium
November 20, 2015

Her right paw ensnared in a poacher’s deadly trap, the cheetah had nothing left to do but to wait and die. As news of the incident spread quickly in nearby villages, a band gathered and set off to spear and kill the entangled cat...

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