We’ve watched in awe at the enormous achievements of the Big Life Foundation since its inception nearly ten years ago by photographer Nick Brandt, award-winning conservationist Richard Bonham, and entrepreneur Tom Hill. Since then Big Life has expanded to employ hundreds of Maasai rangers with more than 40 permanent outposts and tent-based field units. Today it employs 250 rangers in 21 anti-poaching outposts across a staggering 2 million acres Kenya’s Amboseli-Tsavo-Kilimanjaro ecosystem in East Africa.
Their mission to protect and sustain Amboseli, one of the most important and famous ecosystems in Africa with the greatest elephant population in East Africa echoes our own vision: conservation supports the people and people support conservation. The good news is that poaching in the area Big Life protects has dramatically dropped since they’ve been in operation. We support them wholeheartedly in their belief that fighting wildlife crimes is an integral part of conservation but ultimately it is winning the hearts and minds of the community to provide mutual benefit through conservation, that will protect the wild life and wild lands of the future.