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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.
Some industries take a break over the festive season, but ivory traders and wildlife poachers certainly don’t, and neither did Big Life.
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
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
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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....
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
When an elephant falls to poachers it’s the end of a life, but the start of something else: a high stakes game of hide and seek. The poachers will often have the advantage of a head start, and the seekers need every tracking tool available.
“Do you wear underpants beneath your Maasai dress?” An awkward start to a Q&A session, but one of the more humorous questions that Daniel ole Sambu, a Maasai tribesman and Big Life staff member, received from one of the 2600
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
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
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
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,