anti poaching

Big Life strives to prevent the poaching of all wildlife – including thousands of migrating elephants, a growing lion population, and critically endangered Eastern black rhinos – within our area of operation.

Anti-poaching was the first program focus when Big Life was established and continues to be the primary mission focus for the organization: to stop illegal wildlife crimes and arrest poachers.

Big Life’s rangers conduct extensive daily patrols on foot and by vehicle to gather intelligence, detect and intercept illegal activity, monitor activity via hidden field cameras, and use the latest night-vision and GPS technology to thwart poachers and prevent habitat destruction. Working alongside Kenya Wildlife Service and our network of informers from local communities, Big Life rangers are able to prevent most instances of poaching and successfully apprehend poachers who do manage to kill. Once poachers are apprehended, Big Life works with local prosecutors to ensure that they are punished to the fullest, and most appropriate, extent of the law.

323 Trained Rangers
42 Ranger Units
30 Permanent Outposts
5 Mobile Units
1 Rapid Deployment Unit
2 Tracker Dogs
14 Patrol Vehicles
2 Airplanes

 

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Sep 13, 2015 - BABY WILDEBEEST GETS LIFELINE

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Aug 2, 2015 - BAND OF (CONSERVATION) BROTHERS HUNTS DOWN THE KILLERS OF TSAVO ELEPHANT FAMILY AND RESCUES SURVIVOR

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Mar 31, 2015 - TEAM HELPS INJURED GIANT IN LOOSE GREY SKIN

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Oct 2, 2014 - MULTIPLE ARRESTS MADE AS BUSHMEAT POACHING INTENSIFIES

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Aug 14, 2014 - BIG LIFE’S NEW RAPID RESPONSE MOBILE UNIT INTO ACTION

Jul 27, 2014 - BIG LIFE CATCHES POACHER ON THE RUN

Apr 4, 2014 - ANOTHER BULL ELEPHANT POACHED IN THE AREA BIG LIFE HOPES TO EXPAND INTO

Mar 24, 2014 - MEANWHILE, IN BETTER NEWS....AN ELEPHANT SAVED

Mar 24, 2014 - PREGNANT ELEPHANT SPEARED TO DEATH IN AMBOSELI

Feb 28, 2014 - BIG LIFE’S TRACKER DOGS RECOVER IVORY AFTER POACHERS KILL ELEPHANT IN TARANGIRE/MANYARA

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Nov 8, 2013 - OVERNIGHT VIGIL FOR SNARED BABY ELEPHANT

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Jul 18, 2012 - EZRA OF AMBOSELI : COLLATERAL DAMAGE

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