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NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR BIG LIFE FOUNDATION
February 12, 2015

BIG LIFE FOUNDATION is pleased to welcome Kim McCoy as its new Executive Director. 
"Everyone at Big Life is thrilled to have Kim come on board as our Executive Director," said Nick Brandt, Co-Founder and President of Big Life. "We are so impressed

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ORPHANED ELEPHANT RESCUED FOR CHRISTMAS
January 6, 2015

After a hard overnight rain, the tiny orphaned baby elephant felt the chill of the pre-dawn darkness. Lost and alone, it stood as easy prey for lions or other predators. Stray dogs had…

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BIG LIFE LAUNCHES RANGER CLUB
January 5, 2015

For less than $1 per day, you make a big contribution to protecting East Africa’s wildlife. AND IF YOU JOIN NOW YOU CAN DOUBLE YOUR IMPACT!!

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2014: THE YEAR OF COUNTING (LIVE) ELEPHANTS: BIG LIFE END-OF-YEAR FUND DRIVE
December 7, 2014

As the rest of the world continues to count dead elephants, here in Amboseli we're doing something much more gratifying…

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BIG LIFE'S RICHARD BONHAM RECEIVES PRINCE WILLIAM LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR CONSERVATION
November 25, 2014

On November 26 2014 in London, Big Life's co-founder and Director of Operations in Africa, Richard Bonham, was awarded The Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa at the Tusk Conservation Awards...

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ELEPHANT KILLER GETS SEVERE PRISON SENTENCE
October 29, 2014

Our long-time followers may recognise the man in this photograph, but for those who have recently joined us this is Kerumpoti Leyian, elephant killer......

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BIG LIFE TANZANIA TRACKER DOGS LEAD TO ARREST OF LATEST ELEPHANT KILLERS
October 17, 2014

Three days ago, just after nightfall, the crack of gunfire echoed across the plains. Somewhere, another massive bull elephant died for its tusks.... and the Big Life Foundation Tracker Dog Unit were called in....

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MULTIPLE ARRESTS MADE AS BUSHMEAT POACHING INTENSIFIES
October 2, 2014

In September, deep into the dry season, Big Life rangers have arrested 37 people in 18 different poaching incidents....

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BIG LIFE CATCHES ELEPHANT KILLER
September 25, 2014

One month ago, a young bull elephant was killed, speared to death by a gang of poachers. One week ago, we caught the first of his killers....

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Ranger of the Month

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

Through June, it was the leadership of Mpompoet that helped his team to capture a gang of game meat poachers operating in the area...

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Bush Journal

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PREDATOR COMPENSATION: THE PROOF IS IN THE (LION) PRIDE
February 13, 2015

In 2013, we posted the top photo and shared our excitement at the “coming out” of 4 new lion cubs. Under our protection, these cubs have managed to defy all odds and survive those early years when mortality rates can be as high as 75%…

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THE LIQUID GOLD OF AMBOSELI
January 22, 2015

As a Maasai herdsman, you spend much of your income pumping water for your cattle. Imagine then bringing your thirsty herd to a borehole watering point and finding it empty. Or worse still, the pipes and tanks destroyed by elephant. What do you do…

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DEADLY TOOLS OF A POACHERS' TRADE
January 14, 2015

Man is certainly an ingenious beast, but when it comes to developing new ways to kill he seems to excel himself. This was confirmed again last week when the Big Life Rapid Deployment Unit, acting on a tip-off…

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Big Life Events

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RUNNING FOR RANGERS
February 6, 2015

Rangers across the world face immense challenges daily to defend local wildlife and protected areas, and these essential men and women are often under-paid, under-equipped and under-appreciated. So, it is for these wildlife warriors that a team of dedicated conservationists and athletes is running the Marathon des Sables…

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WHAT DO ZOOS MEAN FOR WILD ELEPHANTS
January 20, 2015

Zoos are a polarizing force in the conservation world. But love them or hate them, for now they are a reality. Living conditions for elephants are horrendous in some zoos around the world, but others are working hard to get it right, and at the same time supporting the conservation of wild elephants…

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SATAO IN SILVER
December 17, 2014

Looking for a gift that is both beautiful and gives something back? The Satao silver does just that…

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African News

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SEVEN LIONS DEAD IN TANZANIA
January 16, 2015

That was the tally when the dust eventually settled outside Tarangire National Park on New Year’s Day. All sparked by the killing of two donkeys by a pride of lions…

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KENYAN BOMBS AND CONSERVATION SHOCK WAVES
May 28, 2014

Tourism in Kenya is reeling after the recent bombings. Conservation in the country will suffer.

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THE RHINOS OF KENYA : THE BATTLE INTENSIFIES
March 12, 2014

A major Kenya Wildlife Service “shake-up” has occurred after a shocking five rhino were killed in one week at the fully fenced Lake Nakuru National Park. ....

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Worldwide News

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IVORY STOCKPILE DESTRUCTION IN HONG KONG - CHAPTER ONE
May 20, 2014

The destruction of ivory stockpiles around the world is gathering momentum, and this week was one of the most significant - the first batch of 29 tonnes of confiscated ivory being destroyed in one of the ground zeroes for the sale of ivory, Hong Kong...

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GREAT NEWS FROM KENYA AT LAST IN THE BATTLE AGAINST POACHERS
December 4, 2013

At 10:30pm yesterday, the Kenyan Parliament passed the long-awaited Wildlife Bill, which upon signing by the President, will become the new Wildlife Act....

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BIG LIFE AT THE U.S IVORY CRUSH, DENVER, NOVEMBER 14
November 14, 2013

It was an important but sad moment - to see the tusks of so many hundreds and hundreds of elephants ground up into deliberately valueless dust - elephants whose lives were lost for nought, like all the millions of others whose lives over the decades have been brutally and needlessly extinguished for their ivory....