Bush Journal

BIG LIFE Q4 2016 REPORT – DIRECTOR’S NOTE Medium
January 26, 2017

There are two big things on my mind as we move into another year. The first is hugely positive: the announcement of a timeline by China for complete closure of its domestic ivory trade. Many people have put years of work into pushing for this, and

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SECOND CHANCE FOR LUCKY BABY ELEPHANT Medium
January 11, 2017

The rangers guessed that the baby elephant, only about three months old, had been trapped in the abandoned well for two days. Her family, unable to rescue her from the steep sided hole, had moved on. Hyenas had clearly been circling, and the same

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NEVER LETTING YOUR GUARD DOWN Medium
December 25, 2016

Today, Christmas Day, while much of the world is on holiday, the Big Life team and KWS arrested another two ivory dealers.  In addition, there are over 200+ Big Life rangers out there on high alert, as poachers always recognise that Christmas

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KEEPING THE (UNINVITED) ELEPHANT OUT OF THE ROOM Medium
December 14, 2016

There are some places where elephants just don’t fit in. Taking an elevator to the top of the Empire State Building for instance, or chewing on the Queen’s tulips in the Buckingham Palace gardens. They are even less welcome in the

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CONSERVATION: THE NEXT GENERATION Medium
November 22, 2016

You might imagine that every child in East Africa is used to seeing elephants and interacting with the wildlife for which the area is famous on a regular basis. Unfortunately, many living in the ecosystem have never even seen these animals, nor visited the remarkable Amboseli National Park to which they live so near.

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WHY BIG LIFE JUST PAID $34,000 TO 778 PEOPLE Medium
November 6, 2016

Day after day predators kill livestock in Amboseli. It’s infuriating for livestock owners, and the desire to kill in retaliation is strong and understandable. We’re seeing the results all over Africa, lions and other predator species in steep declines. But things are different in Amboseli...

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FINAL CLASH OF THE WARRIORS LIES AHEAD Medium
October 25, 2016

The battle lines have been drawn, the warriors are ready. For three months the combatants have tested each other, looking for weakness and respecting strength. All focus is now on the deciding clash, the Maasai Olympics final to be held in December.

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NATURE’S HUNGRIEST BEAST Medium
October 22, 2016

There is an animal out there that eats everything. It is neither carnivore nor herbivore, and simply devours whatever lies in its path. That animal is fire, and has rocked parts of the Amboseli ecosystem over the last few days. The worst of it

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NEW SPECIES DISCOVERED: THE PYTHOLIN Medium
September 29, 2016

In the Big Life radio room sits a special phone - a dedicated helpline for farmers that are having trouble with wild animals raiding their crops. Elephants, zebras, elands and baboons all keep this phone busy, but one recent call stood out. The

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DO WE WANT ANOTHER ELEPHANT MASSACRE? Medium
September 24, 2016

More than 100,000 elephants dead, and countless human lives lost. It’s been a long and bloody journey into a tunnel of darkness, but there is finally, POTENTIALLY, some light at the end of it. A recent Africa-wide survey showed expected

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NOT ANOTHER DODO Medium
September 21, 2016

It’s happened time and again throughout history; humans have either consumed a species into extinction or stood by and let it happen. But this time it’s different, or we hope it will be. The world is well aware of the threat faced

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FAMOUS TUSKER GETS HI-TECH NECKLACE Medium
September 17, 2016

Just three months ago, Tim, the biggest tusker in the ecosystem, was speared. For the second time. He had once again raided crops in an area of wildlife habitat increasingly compromised by the invasion of farmland, motivating the farmer to hurl a spear in frustration. Fortunately, rangers from Big Life and Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) units, and Amboseli Trust for Elephants (ATE) research staff initiated searches.

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