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Another one bites the dust: gang member caught
January 31, 2016

It’s been six long months since the fugitive went on the run, melting into the hubbub of life along the border of Kenya and Tanzania. Since then he has managed to stay out of sight, but was never far from our thoughts.

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CHRISTMAS SHOPPING FOR IVORY
January 23, 2016

Some industries take a break over the festive season, but ivory traders and wildlife poachers certainly don’t, and neither did Big Life.

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THE WOOLLY MAMMOTH AT YOUR SHOPPING MALL: END-OF-YEAR FUND DRIVE
December 6, 2015

I grew up in England, home of the elk, lynx and brown bear, of the wolf and cave lion, of the woolly mammoth and woolly rhinoceros. Glorious creatures, a wonder to behold as they roamed across the forests of southern England. Of course, this was

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THE UNSOLVED CASE OF THE BURIED IVORY
November 17, 2015

It was a herder who found the body; the lifeless grey mass still a powerful presence in the silent bush. A dead female elephant. The tusks were gone, cut out only hours previously. Rain and livestock had erased all human tracks, and the ranger teams headed for the nearest settlement to see what they could find out.

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A POACHER'S CHOICE: $10,000 OR SIX YEARS IN JAIL
October 23, 2015

That’s the sentence that was recently handed to each of the four people arrested by Big Life rangers last year for trying to illegally sell a leopard skin. It’s an important question: what happens to arrested poachers? Stories

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FIGHTING BACK AFTER BAHATI’S DEATH
October 13, 2015

Two poachers watched the scene unfold from a distance: spotter planes, a helicopter, and twice as many rangers as normal. The men decided to change their plans: they would go instead to Tsavo East National Park in search of ivory. Little did they know that, just as they were watching Big Life, we also had eyes on them.

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MOURNING BAHATI
September 19, 2015

  On the fourth and final day, rangers set out at the crack of dawn to resume the search for Bahati, theorphaned rhino calf with a snare around his neck. Bahati had previously survived a bullet wound to the neck and the loss of his mother to

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RANGERS CONTINUE SEARCH FOR BAHATI, THE SNARED RHINO CALF: DAY THREE
September 18, 2015

  The collaborative effort to find Bahati, the snared rhino calf, continues into the weekend. Last year, he survived a bullet wound to the neck when his mother was killed by poachers. Some forty Big Life and other rangers were out

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BIG LIFE RANGERS HOT ON THE TRAIL OF SNARED RHINO CALF: DAY TWO
September 17, 2015

Yesterday at first light, Big Life launched an all-out search and rescue effort after the alarming discovery of a camera trap image showing the little rhino calf, Bahati, with a poacher's snare digging deeply into his neck. A year ago, Bahati’s

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Ranger of the Month

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

By mid afternoon, the warriors found their quarry, resting under a bush. Seemingly aware of the futility of running, the full-grown male lion stood and charged. At the same instant, Moloimet Legos stepped forward and launched the first spear…

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

Anti-poaching rangers are strong, courageous individuals. They spend whole days patrolling the bush, tracking poachers, and keeping the peace between wildlife and humans. It takes an even stronger character to lead these men…

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

A rhino named Dickson, who would have thought? Certainly not the man himself when he stepped in his new position as a ranger 22 years ago....

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Bush Journal

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FLYING HIGH (WHAT I GOT FOR CHRISTMAS)
January 8, 2016

A window falling out of your plane on take-off is not ideal. A gauge stuck in the red whilst flying is not great either. An engine failure mid-flight is the worst of all. However, that had become the norm flying the old Big Life Super Cub over the

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HIGH STAKES HIDE AND SEEK: TWO NEW NOSES JOIN THE BIG LIFE TEAM
December 28, 2015

When an elephant falls to poachers it’s the end of a life, but the start of something else: a high stakes game of hide and seek. The poachers will often have the advantage of a head start, and the seekers need every tracking tool available.

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MAASAI TRIBESMAN MEETS CHILDREN’S TEARS IN HONG KONG
December 22, 2015

“Do you wear underpants beneath your Maasai dress?” An awkward start to a Q&A session, but one of the more humorous questions that Daniel ole Sambu, a Maasai tribesman and Big Life staff member, received from one of the 2600

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Big Life Events

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LIMITED TIME ONLY: T-SHIRT BENEFITTING BIG LIFE NOW AVAILABLE
October 11, 2015

We are excited to announce a special partnership with FLOAT apparel over the next week. From October 12 – October 19, you can order a special edition t-shirt featuring artwork from talented artist Asher Jay . Her design “Don’t

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Nick Brandt & Kathryn Bigelow talk Conservation & Art Activism at LACMA
May 21, 2015

  Oscar-winning Director Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty) will be interviewing me about my work in art and conservation,  including the work that Big Life Foundation does,  in a talk at Art Catalogues at

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BIG LIFE CELEBRATING ELEPHANTS AT OAKLAND ZOO
May 10, 2015

Oakland Zoo's annual “Celebrating Elephants” festivities include both a day of fun-filled family oriented events all about elephants and a separate evening event focused on the elephant conservation in the wild.

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African News

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HUNTING THE DEVIL
October 31, 2015

It’s a manhunt that has lasted a year, but a crack Tanzanian unit has finally arrested perhaps the most notorious elephant poacher in Tanzania. Known as “Shetani”, which means “The Devil”, Boniface Matthew

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‘QUEEN OF IVORY’ FALLS
October 9, 2015

The most dangerous people in the ivory business are the bottom feeders who have risen to the top. They are powerful, and have had the connections and resources to stay ahead of the justice system. Until now.  In a move affirming a true commitment

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ILLEGAL IVORY FLOWING OUT OF KENYA
May 23, 2015

Earlier this week Singapore authorities opened two shipping containers to reveal a grisly cargo; 3.7 tones of illegal wildlife parts including 1,783 pieces of ivory, 4 rhino horns and 22 canine teeth from big cats. The shipment originated

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Worldwide News

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HONG KONG FINALLY PHASING OUT IVORY
January 17, 2016

Conservationists around the globe are celebrating  monumental news from Hong Kong , which announced last week that it will work to phase out local ivory sales.  While it’s been illegal to import or export ivory

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A POSITIVE STEP FOR THE FUTURE OF THE AFRICAN LION
December 20, 2015

It’s bittersweet that it has come to this: the great African lion is now officially an endangered species. But with that comes good news: after an almost five-year battle, when conservationists first petitioned to have the African

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ANOTHER WIN FOR AFRICA'S ELEPHANTS
October 8, 2015

Some exciting news from the USA this week: California has become the third state, joining New York and New Jersey, to ban the trade of ivory within in the state. California's new law bans all sale, offer for sale, possession with intent to sell,