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TRAPPING THE IVORY TRADERS
August 25, 2016

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.

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TARGET ACHIEVED ON JUNE’S FENCE APPEAL, THANKS TO BIG LIFE DONORS
August 12, 2016

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...

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AROUND THE WORLD IN 60 DAYS
July 30, 2016

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

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AN ELEPHANT CALLED TIM (& A SPEAR THAT CAME SO CLOSE)
June 25, 2016

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

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BEYOND POACHING
June 11, 2016

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

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SPEARED ELEPHANT TREATED IN RECORD TIME
June 1, 2016

The message went out at 11am this morning - a huge bull elephant at the Ol Donyo Lodge waterhole with a deep gash on his face. Big Life rangers moved in to watch him, and track him if he left the water.

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8-YEAR-OLD GIRL ROOTS OUT POACHERS
May 20, 2016

You wouldn’t expect to catch a poacher on a walk to your grandmother’s house. But that’s exactly what happened after 8-year-old Manei discovered something suspicious while walking through the bush to her grandmother’s house last weekend.

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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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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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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

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NOT ANOTHER DODO
September 21, 2016

It’s happened time and again throughout history; humans have either consumed a species into extinction or stood by and let it happen. But this time it’s different, or we hope it will be. The world is well aware of the threat faced

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FAMOUS TUSKER GETS HI-TECH NECKLACE
September 17, 2016

Just three months ago, Tim, the biggest tusker in the ecosystem, was speared. For the second time. He had once again raided crops in an area of wildlife habitat increasingly compromised by the invasion of farmland, motivating the farmer to hurl a spear in frustration. Fortunately, rangers from Big Life and Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) units, and Amboseli Trust for Elephants (ATE) research staff initiated searches.

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Big Life Events

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"Wildlife Awakening" in Sausalito on August 7th, 2016
July 27, 2016

        Big Life is honored to participate in the upcoming "Wildlife Awakening" film series in Sausalito on August 7th. Associate Director Amy Baird will present on behalf of Big Life about wildlife conservation in Africa

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Bike & Saddle Partners with Big Life in Portland-to-Portland Trek
June 30, 2016

Two South African Cyclists Embark on Cross-Country Ride to Raise  Awareness, Funds for Endangered African Animals   PORTLAND, Ore. – On July 1, 2015 the world lost one of its beloved characters, Cecil the lion, shot and killed

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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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African News

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THE NEW ELEPHANT CENSUS
August 31, 2016

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

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IVORY KINGPIN GETS HIS DUE
July 23, 2016

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

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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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Worldwide News

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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

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A VERY GOOD DAY FOR ELEPHANTS
June 3, 2016

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.

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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