Bush Journal

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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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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