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It was a herder who found the body; the lifeless grey mass still a powerful presence in the silent bush. A dead female elephant. The tusks were gone, cut out only hours previously. Rain and livestock had erased all human tracks, and the ranger teams headed for the nearest settlement to see what they could find out.
That’s the sentence that was recently handed to each of the four people arrested by Big Life rangers last year for trying to illegally sell a leopard skin. It’s an important question: what happens to arrested poachers? Stories
Two poachers watched the scene unfold from a distance: spotter planes, a helicopter, and twice as many rangers as normal. The men decided to change their plans: they would go instead to Tsavo East National Park in search of ivory. Little did they know that, just as they were watching Big Life, we also had eyes on them.
On the fourth and final day, rangers set out at the crack of dawn to resume the search for Bahati, theorphaned rhino calf with a snare around his neck. Bahati had previously survived a bullet wound to the neck and the loss of his mother to
The collaborative effort to find Bahati, the snared rhino calf, continues into the weekend. Last year, he survived a bullet wound to the neck when his mother was killed by poachers. Some forty Big Life and other rangers were out
Yesterday at first light, Big Life launched an all-out search and rescue effort after the alarming discovery of a camera trap image showing the little rhino calf, Bahati, with a poacher's snare digging deeply into his neck. A year ago, Bahati’s
Last year, poachers shot and killed this young rhino’s mother, hacking off her horns. He took a bullet in the neck that night, but somehow managed to escape into the darkness. We were sure that if the bullet wound didn’t kill him,
It was a deliberate attempt to kill. The young bull elephant had been speared three times, somehow managing to escape his attackers and run a number of kilometers before succumbing to his injuries at a muddy waterhole.
It started the same way that all elephant poaching incidents do. The grisly discovery of lifeless bodies, five of them in this case, lying in the bush with their faces hacked off. A family group of all ages. What was different though, was what came next...
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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…
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....
The explosion rippled through the Maasai homesteads in the early hours of the morning. Kinyaku Konee sat bolt upright in bed, knowing instinctively that his world had shifted in some way.
Her right paw ensnared in a poacher’s deadly trap, the cheetah had nothing left to do but to wait and die. As news of the incident spread quickly in nearby villages, a band gathered and set off to spear and kill the entangled cat...
Justus Nzioki was 13 years old when he killed his first rhino. And it wasn’t the last, as Justus later turned to poaching to earn a living. “It was a rush,” says Justus. “I didn’t feel bad, I felt courageous, because
Big Life Events
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
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
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.
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
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
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
This week Big Life has been to the heart of the market for ivory in Hong Kong. One of our program coordinators in Kenya, Daniel Ole Sambu, participated in a march with WildAid Hong Kong and the Elephant Society to protest ivory sales, asking the
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,
Over the last few years, more than 100,000 elephant lives have been lost. It’s been overwhelming, and at times felt hopeless. But on Friday, something happened that could change everything in the fight to save Africa’s