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.
343 Trained Rangers
42 Ranger Units
30 Permanent Outposts
7 Mobile Units
1 Rapid Deployment Unit
2 Tracker Dogs
14 Patrol Vehicles
Becoming a Big Life Ranger
For some, growing up alongside the most amazing animal species on the planet ignites a desire to protect. Not everyone rises up to meet the challenges and demands of being a community ranger in Africa, but Daniel Kutata has. Learn about the work Kutata does as a ranger for Big Life Foundation and how you can help. Video by: Saving the Wild
Jul 31, 2019 - From Poacher to Protector: Sergeant Mutinda Ndivo
Jul 25, 2019 - Big Life Wins Rhino Conservation Award
Jul 23, 2019 - STORIES FROM THE FRONTLINES: CORPORAL MEJAI OLE’KUMARI
Jul 15, 2019 - STORIES FROM THE FRONTLINES: CORPORAL OLCHURIE KAPASEI
Jul 10, 2019 - A SAD GOODBYE TO AN UNLIKELY HERO
Jul 10, 2019 - STORIES FROM THE FRONTLINES: CONSTABLE SESEI LOORMONI
Mar 5, 2019 - MEET AGNES: A BIG LIFE RANGER
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