the rangers

Big Life employs hundreds of local Maasai rangers to protect the Greater Amboseli ecosystem.  Big Life’s rangers are expertly trained and well-equipped, working around-the-clock to protect and secure some of the world’s most iconic species and their habitats. 

With animals constantly moving beyond protected park boundaries into unprotected areas with increasing human populations, the future for conservation will be determined by working closely with and supporting local communities. This is the heart of Big Life’s ethos: if conservation supports the local community, then the local community will support conservation.

These community rangers are the embodiment of that ethos and the heart of Big Life’s operations protecting wildlife and wild lands. They’re on the frontlines of conservation, operating in sometimes dangerous conditions, often away from their families for weeks at a time to protect some of earth’s most treasured wildlife.

Big Life’s rangers conduct extensive daily patrols on foot and by vehicle to gather intelligence, detect and intercept illegal activity, monitor activity via hidden field cameras, and use the latest night-vision and GPS technology to thwart poachers and prevent habitat destruction. Working alongside Kenya Wildlife Service and our network of informers from local communities, Big Life rangers are able to prevent most instances of poaching and successfully apprehend poachers who do manage to kill. Once poachers are apprehended, Big Life works with local prosecutors to ensure that they are punished to the fullest, and most appropriate, extent of the law.

228 Trained Rangers
40 Ranger Units
31 Permanent Outposts
6 Mobile Units
1 Rapid Deployment Unit
2 Tracker Dogs
14 Patrol Vehicles
2 Airplanes

 

FEATURED RANGERS

200308 big life female rangers
March 08, 2020

SUPER 8

The women of Big Life Foundation are critical to the success of our conservation programs - whether it’s working in administration, finance, education, serving on the Board of Directors, in the radio room, or within our… Read More
200210 Sgt Mutinda wins a Disney conservation award
February 10, 2020

2019 Disney Conservation Hero: Sgt. Mutinda Ndivo

Big Life Foundation’s community ranger, Sgt. Mutinda Ndivo, has been honored with a Disney Conservation Hero Award, one of only 18 award recipients in 2019 globally. The award recognizes local citizens for their… Read More
Agnes
March 05, 2019

MEET AGNES: A BIG LIFE RANGER

Today, we celebrate International Women’s Day, a day to remind us that a gender-balanced world is a better world. This is as true at Big Life Foundation as it is in any work force, and it’s true 365 days of the year.… Read More

Feb 22, 2019 - MEET A BIG LIFE RANGER: JOSEPH KOTOKE

Jul 30, 2018 - THE VOICE ON THE LIFELINE

Jul 27, 2018 - NDERU – A TRUE ORIGINAL

Jul 12, 2018 - BIG LIFE’S CANINE RANGERS

Jul 5, 2018 - WHO IS THIS MAN?

Mar 8, 2018 - HONORING THE WOMEN OF BIG LIFE

Feb 1, 2018 - IN FOND MEMORY OF KIOR, UNSUNG CONSERVATION HERO

Feb 13, 2016 - RANGER OF THE MONTH: JANUARY 2016

May 19, 2015 - BIG LIFE RANGER OF THE MONTH, APRIL 2015: MOLOIMET LEGOS

Dec 6, 2014 - BIG LIFE RANGER OF THE MONTH, NOVEMBER 2014: SENIOR SERGEANT LEKINA OLEMPUMPU

Oct 2, 2014 - BIG LIFE RANGER OF THE MONTH, AUGUST: DICKSON NTAWUASA

Jul 21, 2014 - BIG LIFE RANGER OF THE MONTH JUNE 2014: SERGEANT UNGANI MPOMPOET

Jun 14, 2014 - BIG LIFE RANGERS OF THE MONTH, MAY 2014: THE COMMITTED TEAM OF MOBILE ONE

May 15, 2014 - BIG LIFE RANGER OF THE MONTH, APRIL 2014: SERGEANT NTEKEYO KATANKI

Mar 28, 2014 - RANGER OF THE MONTH MARCH 2014 : JUSTUS NZIOKI, RHINO MAN

Feb 26, 2014 - RANGER OF THE THE MONTH, FEBRUARY 2014: FRANCIS LEGEI, BIG LIFE KENYA’S COMMANDING OFFICER, CO-ORDINATOR OF POACHER PEKEI’S CAPTURE

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