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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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LIONS RESCUED IN TANZANIA AS KILLINGS CONTINUE
February 21, 2016

The hunting party had speared two of the six lions, and were intent on finishing off the rest. Running for their lives, the survivors somehow managed to escape into the bush of the Enduimet Wildlife Management Area (EWMA) of Tanzania.

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Another one bites the dust: gang member caught
January 31, 2016

It’s been six long months since the fugitive went on the run, melting into the hubbub of life along the border of Kenya and Tanzania. Since then he has managed to stay out of sight, but was never far from our thoughts.

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CHRISTMAS SHOPPING FOR IVORY
January 23, 2016

Some industries take a break over the festive season, but ivory traders and wildlife poachers certainly don’t, and neither did Big Life.

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THE WOOLLY MAMMOTH AT YOUR SHOPPING MALL: END-OF-YEAR FUND DRIVE
December 6, 2015

I grew up in England, home of the elk, lynx and brown bear, of the wolf and cave lion, of the woolly mammoth and woolly rhinoceros. Glorious creatures, a wonder to behold as they roamed across the forests of southern England. Of course, this was

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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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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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BABY ELEPHANT RESCUED AFTER MUDDY ESCAPE
April 26, 2016

The rains bring life to Amboseli, but they also turn it into a network of muddy boobytraps. Constant churning by wildlife and livestock turns shallow pans and waterholes into slippery quagmires, and one of these nearly cost a baby elephant his life over the weekend.

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FLYING HIGH (WHAT I GOT FOR CHRISTMAS)
January 8, 2016

A window falling out of your plane on take-off is not ideal. A gauge stuck in the red whilst flying is not great either. An engine failure mid-flight is the worst of all. However, that had become the norm flying the old Big Life Super Cub over the

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Big Life Events

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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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LIMITED TIME ONLY: T-SHIRT BENEFITTING BIG LIFE NOW AVAILABLE
October 11, 2015

We are excited to announce a special partnership with FLOAT apparel over the next week. From October 12 – October 19, you can order a special edition t-shirt featuring artwork from talented artist Asher Jay . Her design “Don’t

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African News

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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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‘QUEEN OF IVORY’ FALLS
October 9, 2015

The most dangerous people in the ivory business are the bottom feeders who have risen to the top. They are powerful, and have had the connections and resources to stay ahead of the justice system. Until now.  In a move affirming a true commitment

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Worldwide News

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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

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ANOTHER WIN FOR AFRICA'S ELEPHANTS
October 8, 2015

Some exciting news from the USA this week: California has become the third state, joining New York and New Jersey, to ban the trade of ivory within in the state. California's new law bans all sale, offer for sale, possession with intent to sell,