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AN ELEPHANT CALLED TIM (& A SPEAR THAT CAME SO CLOSE)
June 25, 2016

Tim.  In hindsight, not the best name to have given to the calf that grew into Amboseli’s greatest elephant. But Tim, in all his current glory, the biggest tusker in the ecosystem, is his name. It is because of the size of Tim’s

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BEYOND POACHING
June 11, 2016

THE NEXT PHASE: A TRANSFORMATIONAL LIFE SAVER   We didn ’ t think that it would get to this point so fast. In the 2 million acre ecosystem patrolled by Big Life’s rangers, we currently have poaching almost completely under

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SPEARED ELEPHANT TREATED IN RECORD TIME
June 1, 2016

The message went out at 11am this morning - a huge bull elephant at the Ol Donyo Lodge waterhole with a deep gash on his face. Big Life rangers moved in to watch him, and track him if he left the water.

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8-YEAR-OLD GIRL ROOTS OUT POACHERS
May 20, 2016

You wouldn’t expect to catch a poacher on a walk to your grandmother’s house. But that’s exactly what happened after 8-year-old Manei discovered something suspicious while walking through the bush to her grandmother’s house last weekend.

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FROM IVORY TO ASHES
April 30, 2016

When I was confronted by the 105 tons of ivory, stacked up on the pyre awaiting cremation, I was at first emotionally unmoved, because it was simply too much to take in. Then I thought of the elephants I have known...

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247 REASONS NOT TO POACH
April 25, 2016

You might think that there’s not much worse than facing an armed poacher with your pants down. But there is, and that’s facing an armed poacher and not knowing what to do about it. Big Life recognizes the huge importance of training Rangers to prepare them for the challenges they face because...

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BREAKING THE IVORY SUPPLY CHAIN
April 11, 2016

Ivory makes a long journey from the heads of slaughtered African elephants to the display cabinets of the wealthy in the east. Breaking this chain isn’t always easy, but it’s possible. Big Life rangers have a permanent anti-poaching

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ONE TOO MANY LANDS POACHER IN JAIL
April 2, 2016

Alcohol has a tendency to loosen one’s tongue, and has led many a human down a prickly path. Fortunately in this case, that path led a poacher to prison.

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A TRAGIC WEEK FOR ELEPHANTS AND PEOPLE
March 12, 2016

We have known for a while that human-wildlife conflict was going to be the challenge for Big Life going forward. This last week has made it painfully clear how true this is...

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Ranger of the Month

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Ranger of the month: January 2016
February 13, 2016

It’s hard to think straight when you’ve got a lion on your roof, but a warrior’s spear had already glanced off the car and Seiko had to act fast. He put his foot down and the little Suzuki 4x4 went crashing through the bush…

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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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Bush Journal

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IVORY KINGPIN GETS HIS DUE
July 23, 2016

It started two years ago with a raid on a car yard in the Kenyan coastal city of Mombasa. What police found behind the gates was shocking - more than two tonnes of raw ivory, a number representing the deaths of more than 110 elephants. The suspected

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DAYLIGHT ROBBERY
July 13, 2016

Killing frenzies have happened before, and they will undoubtedly happen again. In this case a pride of lions discovered 134 goats lost in a forest, and all hell broke lose. The result was at least 53 dead livestock.

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SPEARS FLY IN AMBOSELI
July 1, 2016

Another week, another huge bull elephant with a spear in it. This time his name was Ulysses, an elephant well known to the Amboseli Trust for Elephants (ATE). After receiving the call from ATE Big Life got a plane in the air and was

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Big Life Events

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Bike & Saddle Partners with Big Life in Portland-to-Portland Trek
June 30, 2016

Two South African Cyclists Embark on Cross-Country Ride to Raise  Awareness, Funds for Endangered African Animals   PORTLAND, Ore. – On July 1, 2015 the world lost one of its beloved characters, Cecil the lion, shot and killed

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WARRIORS AND WILDLIFE
May 4, 2016

  Big Life ranger, Daniel Ole Sambu, is currently touring Australia, the United States, and the United Kingdom with former Australian ranger, current President of the International Ranger Federation & Founder of The Thin Green

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Running for Rangers 2016
March 24, 2016

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.  Despite the push in technology

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African News

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IVORY KINGPIN GETS HIS DUE
July 23, 2016

It started two years ago with a raid on a car yard in the Kenyan coastal city of Mombasa. What police found behind the gates was shocking - more than two tonnes of raw ivory, a number representing the deaths of more than 110 elephants. The suspected

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SOMETHING BIG GOES UP IN SMOKE
April 28, 2016

Everyone is talking about it, and as well they should be. This weekend something big is happening. To be more accurate, something big is going up in smoke, 105 tons of it.  This Saturday, Kenya will be putting a match to the largest stockpile

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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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Worldwide News

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A VERY GOOD DAY FOR ELEPHANTS
June 3, 2016

Yesterday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced the completion of a rulemaking process that will institute a near-total ban on the domestic trade of African elephant ivory in the USA.

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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