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QUMQUAT AND FAMILY’S KILLER FINALLY JAILED
May 14, 2015

It started with the brutal killing of the famous Amboseli matriarch Qumquat, and her two daughters in October 2012, butchered for their tusks. Big Life rangers caught one of the killers, Pekei Shoke…

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SUSPECTED POACHERS CAUGHT AFTER TWO ELEPHANTS SPEARED
May 11, 2015

Anyone could spot the blood on the elephant track. The other signs, more subtle, showed a panicked elephant herd moving fast…

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BIG LIFE - “A MODEL TO REPLICATE”
April 18, 2015

Africa Geographic magazine looks at the effectiveness of various elephant protection NGOs across Africa, including Big Life Foundation…

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TEAM HELPS INJURED GIANT IN LOOSE GREY SKIN
March 31, 2015

The waterhole at Ol Donyo Lodge hosts a daily meeting - not of men in suits, but of giants in loose grey skins. One day last week, something was wrong. One of the biggest visitors was clearly in pain, and Big Life’s rangers could make out what looked like a piece of metal protruding from his trunk…

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A VERY BAD DECISION
March 22, 2015

They arrived with a just cause, eight construction workers to build a classroom. They must have wondered at all the animals, living in peace and not terrified of humans. Clearly they didn’t take the time to find out why.

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A LUCKY RHINO CALF CALLED BAHATI ("GOOD LUCK")
March 14, 2015

On the 5th of June last year, poachers gunned down a female rhino in the Chyulu Hills National Park (pictured with her calf on the left). Her calf was only 13 months at the time, and nowhere to be seen after the shooting, but a telling blood trail indicated that he too had been hit…

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NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR BIG LIFE FOUNDATION
February 12, 2015

BIG LIFE FOUNDATION is pleased to welcome Kim McCoy as its new Executive Director. 
"Everyone at Big Life is thrilled to have Kim come on board as our Executive Director," said Nick Brandt, Co-Founder and President of Big Life. "We are so impressed

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ORPHANED ELEPHANT RESCUED FOR CHRISTMAS
January 6, 2015

After a hard overnight rain, the tiny orphaned baby elephant felt the chill of the pre-dawn darkness. Lost and alone, it stood as easy prey for lions or other predators. Stray dogs had…

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BIG LIFE LAUNCHES RANGER CLUB
January 5, 2015

For less than $1 per day, you make a big contribution to protecting East Africa’s wildlife. AND IF YOU JOIN NOW YOU CAN DOUBLE YOUR IMPACT!!

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Ranger of the Month

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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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BIG LIFE RANGER OF THE MONTH, AUGUST: DICKSON NTAWUASA
October 2, 2014

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....

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Bush Journal

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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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ENDORSEMENT OF BIG LIFE FOUNDATION BY HONORABLE KATOO OLE METITO, MP
May 14, 2015

Community support is the backbone of the work that Big Life does, and we are very happy to know that an important leader in Kenya agrees:

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IS THAT AN AK-47 OR ARE YOU JUST EXPECTING RAIN?
April 25, 2015

One word that galvanized the radio room into action… AK47. The report came from a community informer: two men entering the rhino area with the gun…

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Big Life Events

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Nick Brandt & Kathryn Bigelow talk Conservation & Art Activism at LACMA
May 21, 2015

  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

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BIG LIFE CELEBRATING ELEPHANTS AT OAKLAND ZOO
May 10, 2015

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.

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RUNNING FOR RANGERS
February 6, 2015

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. So, it is for these wildlife warriors that a team of dedicated conservationists and athletes is running the Marathon des Sables…

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African News

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LEGENDARY CONSERVATIONIST BACK IN PLAY
April 29, 2015

Enter renowned Kenyan conservationist, Richard Leakey, founder of WildlifeDirect, just appointed as new Chairman of the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS).

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SEVEN LIONS DEAD IN TANZANIA
January 16, 2015

That was the tally when the dust eventually settled outside Tarangire National Park on New Year’s Day. All sparked by the killing of two donkeys by a pride of lions…

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KENYAN BOMBS AND CONSERVATION SHOCK WAVES
May 28, 2014

Tourism in Kenya is reeling after the recent bombings. Conservation in the country will suffer.

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Worldwide News

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A LIGHT AT THE END OF THE BLOODY TUNNEL?
March 15, 2015

Once in a while everyone has one of those weeks you wish would just end, and we are in one...

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IVORY STOCKPILE DESTRUCTION IN HONG KONG - CHAPTER ONE
May 20, 2014

The destruction of ivory stockpiles around the world is gathering momentum, and this week was one of the most significant - the first batch of 29 tonnes of confiscated ivory being destroyed in one of the ground zeroes for the sale of ivory, Hong Kong...

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GREAT NEWS FROM KENYA AT LAST IN THE BATTLE AGAINST POACHERS
December 4, 2013

At 10:30pm yesterday, the Kenyan Parliament passed the long-awaited Wildlife Bill, which upon signing by the President, will become the new Wildlife Act....