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Big Life 2014

Big Life IN ACTION

A short film from Big Life Foundation, showing the urgent poaching situation in East Africa right now, and what Big Life is doing on the ground to deal with it.

Released September 2014. Running Time : 6:15

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The film features animal footage shot in Amboseli in July 2012 by Nick Brandt, and interviews from earlier in the year with Richard Bonham, as he and his teams pursue poachers within the East African Amboseli ecosystem where Big Life currently operates.

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Big Life Predator Compensation Fund Film

Big Life Predator Compensation Fund Film

A short film outlining Big Life's efforts to protect lions and other predators, and the remarkable success our compensation fund has created  Running Time : 3:10

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BIG LIFE & THE LIONS OF KILIMANJARO

In a battle against spears and poison, lions lose. As do cheetahs, leopards and all the other predators of Africa’s plains.

Back in 2003, on the Maasai lands around Mt. Kilimanjaro in Kenya, the situation was desperate. The fate of the remaining few lions was just about sealed.

And then, in one of the most encouraging successes of modern conservation, a last-ditch solution was found that Big Life is successfully implementing to this day. This is the future, the forefront of creating co-existence, however uneasy, between human beings and wild Africa.

Please watch the 3 minute film to find out how it happened, what Big Life is doing to , and how you can help.

(Film directed by Nick Brandt; edited by Zen Rosenthal of General Editorial; written by Tom Hill; footage by Nick Brandt, Kire Godal, Andrew Lang; music by Michael Stearns.)

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BIG LIFE’S MAASAI OLYMPICS, 2012

BIG LIFE’S MAASAI OLYMPICS, 2012

A short film by Big Life of the first ever Maasai Olympics, created to help eliminate lion hunting from the Maasai culture, organized and partly funded by Big Life Foundation. Featuring Guest of Honor, 2012 Olympic Gold Medallist, David Rudisha.  Running Time : 4:33

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THE HUNT FOR MEDALS, NOT LIONS : THE FIRST MAASAI OLYMPICS (DECEMBER 2012)

In 2008, the cultural “fathers” of the new warrior generation asked Maasailand Preservation Trust - now Big Life Foundation - to help them eliminate lion hunting from the Maasai culture.

In response to this, MPT/Big Life partnered with the Maasai of Amboseli/Tsavo - to conceive and raise the funding for this first-ever Maasai Olympics, part of the initiative to help to shift the attitudes of the Maasai toward a broader commitment to wildlife and habitat conservation as a preferred way of life in the 21st century.

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Videos by Others About Big Life

Bill Kurtis: Big Life Foundation

Bill Kurtis - Big Life Foundation

American television journalist Bill Kurtis (of American Justice and Cold Case Files fame) spent time in Big Life’s area of operation and produced this short film on Big Life’s fence initiative. Running Time : 6:51

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Through your support, the first 50 km of the crop protection fence has been put to the test and so far has exceeded our expectations. In the farming areas now protected, recorded elephant crop-raiding has been reduced significantly.

The fence is helping to ensure a more peaceful cohabitation of elephants and people - saving local farmers thousands of dollars and saving countless elephants from being speared. However, more than ever, we need to extend the fence and build in areas that are now seeing an increase in crop raiding.

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David Rudisha answers challenge from mentor

David Rudisha answers challenge from mentor

Produced by NBC Olympics for the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. David Rudisha is an Olympic gold medal winner, world record holder in the 800 m, and patron of Big Life Foundation's Maasai Olympics, which aims to change Maasai culture from killing lions, to conserving them. Running Time : 3:09

 
Behind The Front Lines of Wildlife Conservation

Behind The Front Lines of Wildlife Conservation

Tourism plays such a vital role in the conservation work we do across the Amboseli ecosystem. Please check out this video from Electrify Magazine to learn more. Running Time : 4:18

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Video Credits:
Production: Electrify Studios
Producer: Amanda Ho
Director & Videographer: Spencer Byam-Taylor

Special thanks to: Dereck Joubert, Richard Bonham, Craig Millar, Francis Legei, Hilton Walker, Amy Rostance, Shaun Mousley, Alex Malcolm & James Kirisia

Supported By: Great Plains Conservation, Big Life Foundation, Dereck and Beverly Big Cat Conservation

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