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For the last few days, the local community has crowded around every available television in Amboseli, trying to process events happening on the other side of the world, with the planet’s population united in concern about the profound impact that decisions made thousands of kilometres away can have on all of us. It is this same interconnected world that moves ivory from an elephant’s face in Africa to a dining room table on the other side of the globe as a carved trinket.
It seems an obvious solution; if the selling price of a product drops in one country then why not try selling it in a neighbouring one? The three men decided to try the Kenyan border town of Namanga. They had four whole tusks to sell, 40kg of ivory,
Many of you by now know the elephant in the photo above. Her name is Qumquat, seen here in Amboseli one July afternoon in 2012. Several days after I took this photo, Qumquat and two of her daughters were brutally murdered by one of Amboseli’s
The men sat at a small roadside restaurant, waiting for the ivory to arrive. A Big Life vehicle cruised past, this unit on a separate mission, and a look of concern flashed across the ivory dealer’s face. He turned to his companion and said,
At what point does a poacher decide the stakes are too high? Is there a minimum amount of money below which they won’t kill an elephant? If there is, that price point may be shifting. The reports all say that the price of ivory is falling internationally.
Thanks to those of you who donated, we recently reached - and exceeded - our target of $400,000 for phase 1 - the first 40 km of fence. And more good news...
You’ll count about 2,800 miles driving from one coast of the USA to the other. In the first six months of 2016 Big Life ranger teams patrolled this distance on foot not once, but 8 times. The vehicle teams have done a cumulative distance
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
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
Ranger of the Month
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…
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…
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…
If you are a living, breathing creature, then there’s a pretty good chance that some human out there wants to either eat you, or use your body parts in a phoney medicine. So with each extra person that the planet adds, it’s a scarier
There are two big things on my mind as we move into another year. The first is hugely positive: the announcement of a timeline by China for complete closure of its domestic ivory trade. Many people have put years of work into pushing for this, and
The rangers guessed that the baby elephant, only about three months old, had been trapped in the abandoned well for two days. Her family, unable to rescue her from the steep sided hole, had moved on. Hyenas had clearly been circling, and the same
Big Life Events
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the silver Satao is once again available in support of Big Life. The design was created by sculptor Camilla Le May in memory of the magnificent Tsavo tusker Satao, who was tragically killed for his ivory
Premiering on Netflix on November 4 is what we consider to be the best documentary ever made about elephant conservation and wildlife trafficking, “The Ivory Game” . Three years in the making, filmed
We've teamed up with FLOAT - For Love Of All Things apparel for our second collaboration, available NOW until October 31st . You can order a special edition t-shirt or sweatshirt i n a variety of styles and colors to benefit Big Life
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
BAD NEWS ACROSS MOST OF AFRICA, BUT IN AMBOSELI, A SMALL INCREASE IN THE ELEPHANT POPULATION We have all been dreading the release of the Great Elephant Census, and sadly, the estimates have been confirmed: nearly 30,000 elephants have died
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
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
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
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.