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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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TEAM HELPS INJURED GIANT IN LOOSE GREY SKIN
March 31, 2015

The waterhole at Ol Donyo Lodge hosts a daily meeting - not of men in suits, but of giants in loose grey skins. One day last week, something was wrong. One of the biggest visitors was clearly in pain, and Big Life’s rangers could make out what looked like a piece of metal protruding from his trunk…

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A VERY BAD DECISION
March 22, 2015

They arrived with a just cause, eight construction workers to build a classroom. They must have wondered at all the animals, living in peace and not terrified of humans. Clearly they didn’t take the time to find out why.

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A LUCKY RHINO CALF CALLED BAHATI ("GOOD LUCK")
March 14, 2015

On the 5th of June last year, poachers gunned down a female rhino in the Chyulu Hills National Park (pictured with her calf on the left). Her calf was only 13 months at the time, and nowhere to be seen after the shooting, but a telling blood trail indicated that he too had been hit…

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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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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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AN UNEXPECTED LIGHT
July 1, 2015

It was 1 AM, the night dark and moonless. The night shift from Osupuko base sat quietly on the observation point, staring into the black.

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NOT YOUR STANDARD DAY JOB
June 24, 2015

The front line of wildlife protection can be a dangerous place. From machete-wielding poachers to buffalos lurking in the thick bush, being a ranger is not for the faint-hearted.

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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...