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THE PART-TIME POACHERS: A DEADLY TREND
September 12, 2017

The Big Life rapid response unit waited quietly in the dark. According to the intelligence, the poachers were coming this way. When, or whether on foot or in a vehicle, no-one knew. Finally, lights on the horizon. The vehicle slowed as the rangers

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THE GREEN HILLS OF KENYA ARE GOING REDD+
August 14, 2017

The port city of Mombasa is also Kenya’s second most populous urban area, with close to one million inhabitants. It’s one of the world’s ivory smuggling hubs, and one of the economic centers of Kenya. You might think that

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POACHERS CAUGHT, IVORY FROM FOUR DEAD ELEPHANTS CONFISCATED
July 28, 2017

It would be dramatic to call it the Wild West, but the zones outside Big Life’s core area of operation harbor a collection of shady characters, poachers, and ivory dealers included. Big Life has ears on the ivory routes that thread these

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NDAWE’S JOURNEY ENDS AT THE HANDS OF HUMANS
July 25, 2017

Ndawe was the missing link, the proof that we were looking for. We were sure that elephants made the long journey between Tsavo and Amboseli, and he was the confirmation. Ndawe was what was known as a ‘hundred pounder’, an elephant

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THE ELEPHANTS’ (LITERAL) LINE IN THE SAND : CHAPTER TWO
June 4, 2017

It’s working well. Just as we hoped. The elephants are no longer walking into a likely war zone. Last year, many of you contributed to the creation of a  line of life-saving protection for the elephants of the Amboseli ecosystem.

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SHUTTING DOWN SUPPLY – ANOTHER IVORY BUST
May 2, 2017

It started simply enough as they all do: with a phone call. One of Big Life’s informers caught wind of a clue and alerted our trained intelligence team. From there, it can take several days or even weeks, but eventually, an ambush is laid

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ANOTHER BIG YEAR
April 21, 2017

A Note from Richard Bonham, Director of Operations:  “Every day, I see ‘situation reports’ come in from Big Life’s Radio Room, records of anything of note that has taken place across the Amboseli/Tsavo/Kilimanjaro

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IVORY DEALERS AN ENDANGERED SPECIES IN AMBOSELI
March 26, 2017

The Big Life informer network never sleeps. It’s a web of eyes and ears, spun wide and lying in wait for the prey: the dealers of illegal wildlife products. And it is proving to be increasingly successful. The most recent catch was two days

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THE TROUBLE WITH ELEPHANTS
February 19, 2017

Mayoyo Kutata is lucky to be alive. Last week, the 30-year-old mother of four was herding the family goats in the late afternoon and stopped to chop some wood for the evening cooking. Caught up in the routine of these daily tasks, she didn’t

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Bush Journal

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KEEPING TIM OUT OF TROUBLE: ONE YEAR ON
September 20, 2017

It’s been one year since Big Life worked with partners to collar Tim, the beautiful Amboseli tusker and frequent crop-raider. He has been busy, raiding farms nearly every other night, and keeping rangers on their toes.

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THE MYSTERY OF THE MISSING LIONESS
August 9, 2017

The satellite collar hadn’t transmitted data in days, it was a bad sign. With each passing hour it seemed less likely that the lioness was simply on a kill in thick bush, with the vegetation blocking the signal. This was looking to be either

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AN UPDATE FROM OUR DIRECTOR (Q2 2017)
August 8, 2017

As we continue to tackle poaching across the ecosystem, Big Life has been investing heavily in intelligence gathering systems and training, supported by funding partners and the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS). This investment is starting

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Big Life Events

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NEW DESIGN - Big Life Merchandise Available for Limited Time
September 10, 2017

Big Life’s rangers are known for protecting elephants and rhinos. But our programs in Kenya extend beyond anti-poaching. We’ve partnered with FLOAT to feature one of the other iconic species that live, and thrive, in our area

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ARTISTS AGAINST EXTINCTION
June 15, 2017

We are honoured to be one of three Kenyan conservation organizations to benefit from the upcoming Artists Against Extinction exhibition, being held in Nairobi on 29th June. 20% of all sales will benefit Big Life, Amboseli Trust for Elephants,

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THIS WEEK – LIMITED BIG LIFE MERCHANDISE AVAILABLE
March 19, 2017

If you missed Big Life’s t-shirt sale last fall, you’re in luck, because we’re bringing the design back for one more limited run! Available  NOW until March 27 th , you can order a special edition t-shirt, tank, or market

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African News

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JUSTICE SERVED – MORE PROSECUTORS MEANS MORE CONVICTIONS
September 3, 2017

  Last week, it was announced that Kenya will be increasing the number of wildlife prosecutors to help convict criminals. At the moment, there are only two such prosecutors responsible for overseeing wildlife crimes in the whole country

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HONORING SATAO 2
March 6, 2017

Three years ago, Satao, one of the greatest remaining big tusker elephants in East Africa, was gunned down in his prime by poachers for his ivory.  Today, we mourn another of these last giant tuskers: Satao 2, killed by poachers

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ELEPHANTS WIN (SORT OF), LIONS LOSE AT CITES
October 3, 2016

Imagine finding an elephant carcass, two beautiful big tusks still embedded in the enormous skull. A natural death, no wrongdoing on the part of humans, so there’s no harm in selling those tusks. Right? Absolutely wrong. Legal trade

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Worldwide News

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AN ELEPHANT-SIZED EVENT
March 31, 2017

Today is a big day. No, it's a huge day. From what we understand 67 Chinese ivory trading outlets (including some factories) will be permanently closing their doors by the end of it. At the start of the year the conservation world celebrated China's

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THE HAPPIEST NEW YEAR FOR THE ELEPHANT (& A B.F.D.)
January 1, 2017

As many of you now know, China announced on Friday that it was banning all commerce in ivory by the end of 2017. With an estimated 70% of (illegal) ivory sold in China, this means that the world’s largest ivory market will be shut down. To

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DO WE WANT ANOTHER ELEPHANT MASSACRE?
September 24, 2016

More than 100,000 elephants dead, and countless human lives lost. It’s been a long and bloody journey into a tunnel of darkness, but there is finally, POTENTIALLY, some light at the end of it. A recent Africa-wide survey showed expected