Big Life Foundation was founded in 2010 by photographer Nick Brandt and award-winning conservationist Richard Bonham to address the dramatic escalation in poaching in East Africa. Today, Big Life protects upwards of 2 million acres in the Amboseli-Tsavo-Kilimanjaro ecosystem that straddles Kenya and Tanzania. They employ hundreds of fully equipped rangers in dozens of outposts across the region, including mobile units, tracker dogs, aerial surveillance, and a vast network of informants.
As a result, Big Life has dramatically reduced poaching in the region. Their ranger teams have facilitated over 2,000 arrests, including some of the most prolific and long-term poachers in the region. Their success sends a strong message that killing wildlife carries swift and serious punishment. Click here to see what a typical day in the life of a Big Life ranger looks like.
And see the rangers in action in Vulcan Productions' The Ivory Game, now streaming on Netflix.