Big Life Foundation
Facebook icon twitter square red 64x Instagram Vimeo  DONATE

161022 1 1 Natures Hungriest Beast

There is an animal out there that eats everything. It is neither carnivore nor herbivore, and simply devours whatever lies in its path. That animal is fire, and has rocked parts of the Amboseli ecosystem over the last few days.

The worst of it has affected the Chyulu Hills, and although we can’t be sure of why we are pretty certain it was started by humans, potentially herders or miraa pickers (miraa is a local plant chewed as a stimulant) burning to stimulate fresh growth of grass or miraa respectively.

This fire is under control but the whole ecosystem is a tinderbox as we wait for the rains, and once ignited flames are almost unstoppable on the back of strong winds. Fire is a natural phenomenon, but repeated man-made fires are a severe form of habitat destruction.

And it is habitat that is becoming more and more important for Big Life. With wildlife poaching largely under control in the ecosystem it’s time to focus again on timescales that extend beyond our own lifespans.

In the short term it’s about enforcement, and this year to date Big Life rangers have arrested 119 people for all forms of habitat destruction, largely illegal charcoal production.

But more importantly, it’s about securing spaces that are safe from destructive forms of development in the long term, spaces that benefit communities rather than individuals. Community conservancies are a way to do this, and support for these areas is an important part of Big Life’s strategy moving forward.

Share This
 
80% to 100% of Proceeds go to Big Life
160213 1 1 Ranger of the Month January 2016
February 13, 2016

RANGER OF THE MONTH: JANUARY 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… Read More
150519 1 1 Ranger of the Month April 2015 Moloimet Legos
May 19, 2015

BIG LIFE RANGER OF THE MONTH, APRIL 2015: MOLOIMET LEGOS

It was early morning. The young men moved swiftly through the bush. The tracks were fresh and the warriors moved fast, excitement building as they anticipated the combat ahead. By mid afternoon, the warriors found their… Read More
141206 1 1 Ranger of the Month November 2014 Senior Sergeant Lekina Olempumpu
December 06, 2014

BIG LIFE RANGER OF THE MONTH, NOVEMBER 2014: SENIOR SERGEANT LEKINA OLEMPUMPU

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… Read More
141002 1 1 Ranger of the Month August Dickson Ntawuasa
October 02, 2014

BIG LIFE RANGER OF THE MONTH, AUGUST: DICKSON NTAWUASA

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.There were only ten rangers back then, a motley crew starting off in a role never… Read More