Twenty years ago, the lion population in Amboseli was headed for local extinction. Thanks to the efforts of Big Life and our lion conservation partners, today the ecosystem is home to more than 250 lions, one of the few lion populations in all of Africa that is growing, not declining.
The core component of our Predator Protection Program is livestock compensation. The Predator Compensation Fund (PCF) was started in 2003 and pays Maasai livestock owners a portion of the value of their livestock lost to predators, on the condition that no predators are killed in retaliation. Big Life Verification Officers are dispatched to the scene to confirm all depredations, and penalties are applied for poor animal husbandry practices. The community provides 30% of the total compensation paid. Fines are assessed and payments are withheld if any predators are killed by members of participating communities. In Kenya, PCF offers varying levels of compensation of livestock killed by lions, leopards, cheetahs, and hyenas.
Big Life currently manages PCF on Mbirikani and Eselengei Group Ranches, and in the Kimana Conservancies. Given the success of this program, the goal is to expand the PCF across the ecosystem. The scale of the program has soared in recent years, as severe droughts have meant weakened livestock, and weakened livestock are easy pickings for predators.
VIDEO: 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
Sep 12, 2019 - THE PATH FORWARD
Sep 5, 2019 - LION PRIDE IN HONG KONG
Aug 31, 2019 - A LION IS DEAD, NOW WHAT?
Aug 10, 2019 - THREE TINY, HUGE REASONS TO CELEBRATE ON WORLD LION DAY
Jul 8, 2019 - THE (PREVIOUSLY SHORT) LIFE OF AN AMBOSELI LION
Jun 27, 2019 - CONSERVATION’S NEW BATTLEGROUND
Jun 7, 2019 - LUCKY LIONESS SURVIVES CLOSE SHAVE
Apr 25, 2018 - HOW TO GROW A LION CUB
Jan 22, 2018 - THE FACES OF CONSERVATION SUCCESS
Nov 6, 2016 - WHY BIG LIFE JUST PAID $34,000 TO 778 PEOPLE
Jul 13, 2016 - DAYLIGHT ROBBERY
Jun 9, 2016 - NO POLITICS LIKE LION POLITICS
Feb 21, 2016 - LIONS RESCUED IN TANZANIA AS KILLINGS CONTINUE
Dec 11, 2015 - POISON DESTROYS LION PRIDE THAT VENTURED TOO FAR
Dec 8, 2015 - LIONS DYING, BUT NOT IN AMBOSELI
Sep 16, 2015 - WRONGFULLY ACCUSED
Jul 25, 2015 - KILLING WITH POISON (AND WHAT BIG LIFE IS DOING TO PREVENT IT)
Jun 15, 2015 - A STARK CONTRAST FOR LIONS
Jun 13, 2015 - DEAD LIVESTOCK = DEAD LIONS
Feb 13, 2015 - PREDATOR COMPENSATION: THE PROOF IS IN THE (LION) PRIDE
Oct 26, 2013 - BIG LIFE FOUNDATION - HELPING KEEP THE LIONS OF THE AMBOSELI ECOSYSTEM ALIVE
Apr 9, 2013 - “WE WILL NO LONGER KILL LIONS” - 10 YEARS OF THE PREDATOR COMPENSATION FUND
Jul 14, 2012 - LION KILLING IN KITENDEN