Big Life Foundation

A non-profit anti-poaching organization in East Africa

Big Life's Mission

Using innovative conservation strategies and collaborating closely with local communities, partner NGOs, national parks and government agencies, Big Life Foundation seeks to protect and sustain East Africa’s wild lands and wildlife, including one of the greatest populations of elephants left in East Africa.


The only organization in East Africa that has coordinated anti-poaching teams operating on both sides of the Kenya-Tanzania border, Big Life recognizes that sustainable conservation can only be achieved through a community-based collaborative approach,

which is at the heart of Big Life’s philosophy :


Conservation supports the people and people support conservation.


Big Life’s vision is to establish a successful holistic conservation model in Amboseli-Tsavo ecosystem that can be replicated across the African continent.

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History

Big Life was founded by Nick Brant, a photographer who enjoys taking photos of African Wildlife. On none of his visits to Africa, Brant was surprised to find the typically laid-back elephants running from him in terror. Later that day, he heard gunshots, and realized what was occurring. Poachers were killing elephants for their ivory tusks. When he went to report to the Kenyan police, they did nothing. Brant decided to take matters into his own hands. He created Big Life to provide guards and safe areas for the African Wildlife.
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Donations

Big Life provides multiple options for donating money. First, there is the typical one time donation. There is also and option to donate money monthly. A more popular option is to buy one of Nick Brant's prints. These large prints range from $500 to $10,000. All of the money used by Big Life. These prints are of Brant's photos of African wildlife.

Why?

Animals in Africa are being poached in alarming rates. Before 2030, there will be no more wild elephants and lions in Africa. 10% of the elephant population is being killed each year, which is up to 35,000 elephants. It is estimated that there are only 20,000 lions in all of Africa. Rhinos, elephants, and lions will likely be completely extinct before our class has grandchildren.
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Works Cited

Big Life Founation. Big Life, 2010. Web. 15 Sept, 2014.

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