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KILLING ELEPHANTS WITH SPEARS
August 31, 2015

It was a deliberate attempt to kill. The young bull elephant had been speared three times, somehow managing to escape his attackers and run a number of kilometers before succumbing to his injuries at a muddy waterhole.

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BAND OF (CONSERVATION) BROTHERS HUNTS DOWN THE KILLERS OF TSAVO ELEPHANT FAMILY AND RESCUES SURVIVOR
August 2, 2015

It started the same way that all elephant poaching incidents do. The grisly discovery of lifeless bodies, five of them in this case, lying in the bush with their faces hacked off. A family group of all ages. What was different though, was what came next...

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ELEPHANT FAMILY BUTCHERED IN TSAVO - BIG LIFE TEAMS INVOLVED IN HUNT FOR KILLERS - NEWS UPDATES TO BE REPORTED SOON
July 30, 2015

It’s the kind of discovery that stops everything: five elephant carcasses laid out on the dusty earth of Tsavo West National Park, the remains of a family. The gruesome scene, found on Tuesday morning (July 28) has sparked a huge coordinated effort, led by the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), to catch the killers.

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ELEPHANT IVORY SIEZED IN BUST
July 14, 2015

An ivory dealer never keeps the ivory; it’s too dangerous. Rather, he will stash it somewhere safe until convinced that the potential buyer is legitimate. In this case, the dealer misjudged.

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POACHERS BUST ALONG KENYA’S BLACK ARTERY
June 11, 2015

The Mombasa road flows like a black artery through Kenya, and along it infections have set in: networks of people with access to ivory and other wildlife products from surrounding National Parks, and a steady supply of transport to carry it away.

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THE EDGE OF HUMANITY: WHERE PEOPLE & ANIMALS FIGHT FOR GROUND
June 2, 2015

Each evening, as the sun sets, Big Life ranger Jackson Kikon rises, and steps with his unit into the darkness. Their mission is straightforward: To patrol the edge of humanity. The places where human lands invade wild lands, and man clashes with animal.

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QUMQUAT AND FAMILY’S KILLER FINALLY JAILED
May 14, 2015

It started with the brutal killing of the famous Amboseli matriarch Qumquat, and her two daughters in October 2012, butchered for their tusks. Big Life rangers caught one of the killers, Pekei Shoke…

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SUSPECTED POACHERS CAUGHT AFTER TWO ELEPHANTS SPEARED
May 11, 2015

Anyone could spot the blood on the elephant track. The other signs, more subtle, showed a panicked elephant herd moving fast…

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BIG LIFE - “A MODEL TO REPLICATE”
April 18, 2015

Africa Geographic magazine looks at the effectiveness of various elephant protection NGOs across Africa, including Big Life Foundation…

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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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HONORING OUR RANGERS
July 31, 2015

Today is ‪#‎WorldRangersDay‬. We are honored and humbled by the work wildlife rangers conduct all over the world to protect nature for the benefit of all.

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CELEBRATING PREDATORS
July 29, 2015

Cecil's passing is a tragedy, as are the untimely demises of all animals facing threats from poachers across Africa. Our spirits were lifted to see these two cheetah brothers this morning, east of Amboseli. But these animals are still under threat, from...

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KILLING WITH POISON (and what Big Life is doing to prevent it)
July 25, 2015

Pungent smoke fills the air, a sickly combination of burning flesh and kerosene. The rangers rake more wood over the nine vulture carcasses; all traces of the poison must be burnt. But the vultures weren’t the only casualties; the poison also struck its intended target...

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Big Life Events

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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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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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African News

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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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LEGENDARY CONSERVATIONIST BACK IN PLAY
April 29, 2015

Enter renowned Kenyan conservationist, Richard Leakey, founder of WildlifeDirect, just appointed as new Chairman of the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS).

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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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Worldwide News

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CRUSHING MORE THAN JUST IVORY
June 21, 2015

On Friday, Big Life partner US Fish & Wildlife Service , and other government departments, crushed one ton of seized ivory in New York’s Times Square. While destruction ceremonies, like this one, contribute to removing illegal

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CHINA PROMISES TO PHASE OUT IVORY INDUSTRY
June 7, 2015

Almost to the day of the 1-year anniversary of the death of Satao, one of Kenya’s remaining Big Tuskers poached for his ivory, and on the heels of news that Mozambique and Tanzania are sustaining huge elephant losses (their elephant populations

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A LIGHT AT THE END OF THE BLOODY TUNNEL?
March 15, 2015

Once in a while everyone has one of those weeks you wish would just end, and we are in one...