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

We’re excited to share some good news: the recent addition of seven cubs to one of the lion prides that once again roams the Chyulu Hills.

15 years ago, the last known lion pride in the Chyulu Hills was staring down the barrel at local extinction. Human-wildlife conflict has been an ongoing struggle in the ecosystem.

The story would have played out along these lines: something had snapped inside the man. He walked quietly into the bush and found his dead cow only slightly moved from where it had been killed. He pulled a packet of poison from his pocket and emptied the contents on the carcass. By the next morning, eight lions were dead.

Apex predators are critical to the health of any ecosystem, and the population was at the tipping point. So it was that Big Life’s Predator Compensation Fund (PCF) was established. The agreement was made to ensure that nothing like this ever happened again: Big Life would cover some of the economic costs associated with livestock depredation, and in return, the community would stop killing predators.

It was a simple (some might say obvious) idea that came from the community themselves, and the results have been extraordinary. Over these many years, the lion population has grown.

Our efforts, together with the support of local communities and one of our conservation partners Lion Guardians, are paying off. The world is searching for ways to promote coexistence between humans and large carnivores, and in Amboseli we have found a solution that is working. Seven new cubs are inspiring evidence of that success.

Thank you for your support of this critical program.

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
WILDLIFE NEEDS SPACE TO SURVIVE
Eselengei elephants

Please donate to support conservation on Eselengei and beyond.