There are eight known critically-endangered Eastern black rhinoceros in Big Life’s area of operation. They spend most of their time in the densely-forested Chyulu Hills National Park, protected by dedicated Big Life rangers and the Kenya Wildlife Service.
In addition to monitoring and protecting the resident rhinos, Big Life has been working to improve infrastructure in the rhino area, the goal of which is to maintain Intensive Protection Zone (IPZ) status, which will allow for the future inbound translocation of rhinos from other territories. IPZ status is awarded by the Kenyan government for demonstrating that the area and the rhino population can be effectively protected. The infrastructure involved includes roads, fencing, and consistent water supply.
All anti-poaching and monitoring efforts are conducted in close collaboration with the Kenya Wildlife Service. Specially-trained Big Life rangers use traditional tracking methods, camera traps, and live sightings to maintain an accurate record of all living rhinos in the rhino area, and raise red flags if a certain period of time elapses between recording specific individuals.
51 Rhino Protection Rangers
7 Dedicated Rhino Outposts
10 Dedicated Rhino Units
30 Camera Traps
3 Water Points
Oct 13, 2015 - FIGHTING BACK AFTER BAHATI’S DEATH
Sep 19, 2015 - MOURNING BAHATI
Sep 18, 2015 - RANGERS CONTINUE SEARCH FOR BAHATI, THE SNARED RHINO CALF: DAY THREE
Sep 17, 2015 - BIG LIFE RANGERS HOT ON THE TRAIL OF SNARED RHINO CALF: DAY TWO
Sep 16, 2015 - RANGERS RACE AGAINST TIME TO RESCUE SNARED RHINO CALF
Mar 14, 2015 - A LUCKY RHINO CALF CALLED BAHATI ("GOOD LUCK")
Sep 9, 2014 - RHINO POACHERS KILLED IN CHYULU HILLS SHOOT-OUT
Mar 12, 2014 - THE RHINOS OF KENYA : THE BATTLE INTENSIFIES
Jul 2, 2013 - RHINO MOTHER & CALF KILLED BY POACHERS IN CHYULUS
Apr 23, 2013 - THE SEARCH FOR THE SNARED RHINO : APRIL 24, GAME OVER
Mar 12, 2013 - URGENT SEARCH FOR RHINO CAUGHT IN POACHER'S SNARE
Sep 25, 2012 - RHINO GUNNED DOWN IN THE CHYULU HILLS