Bush Journal

THE POACHER WHO BECAME A BIG LIFE PROTECTOR Medium
November 19, 2015

Justus Nzioki was 13 years old when he killed his first rhino. And it wasn’t the last, as Justus later turned to poaching to earn a living. “It was a rush,” says Justus. “I didn’t feel bad, I felt courageous, because

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SAVING JETTA, THE TEENAGE ELEPHANT SPEARED IN THE BACK Medium
November 13, 2015

“We have to go,” Patrick says as he starts the engine. “An elephant has been speared in her back, she’s limping, and she’s entered the park.” And so it began...

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ELEPHANT TREATED AFTER BEING SPEARED IN THE BACK Medium
November 1, 2015

The elephant named Tom is no stranger to the soft pop of a dart gun. One year ago this big bull was darted and treated for cancerous growths on his scrotum. Today he was darted again, but this time for something altogether unnatural...

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Wrongfully accused Medium
September 16, 2015

  If there is one thing that humans do well, it’s making up stories. For instance, the striped hyena is believed by many communities to be a killer of small children and robber of graves. Not so, this secretive animal does its best

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BABY WILDEBEEST GETS LIFELINE Medium
September 13, 2015

Neck-deep in water and sludge, the baby wildebeest could only wait to die. Looking for a drink at this dry time of year, she had fallen into a well near Manyara Ranch in Tanzania and there was no way out...

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SENTRIES OF THE AFRICAN BUSH Medium
September 2, 2015

  Patrolling on foot in the African bush can be a dangerous business, and some of the Big Life rangers can show you the scars to prove it. You never know what’s ahead of you, so when a giraffe stares, you stop. They have spotted something

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HONORING OUR RANGERS Medium
July 31, 2015

Today is ‪#‎WorldRangersDay‬. We are honored and humbled by the work wildlife rangers conduct all over the world to protect nature for the benefit of all.

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CELEBRATING PREDATORS Medium
July 29, 2015

Cecil's passing is a tragedy, as are the untimely demises of all animals facing threats from poachers across Africa. Our spirits were lifted to see these two cheetah brothers this morning, east of Amboseli. But these animals are still under threat, from...

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KILLING WITH POISON (and what Big Life is doing to prevent it) Medium
July 25, 2015

Pungent smoke fills the air, a sickly combination of burning flesh and kerosene. The rangers rake more wood over the nine vulture carcasses; all traces of the poison must be burnt. But the vultures weren’t the only casualties; the poison also struck its intended target...

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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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A STARK CONTRAST FOR LIONS Medium
June 15, 2015

In stark terms, contrast and compare: In the Enduimet Wildlife Management Area of Tanzania, 2 lions are dead this year already—speared after killing livestock—with an estimated 34 lions killed since 2009. Meanwhile, just

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