JULY 10 2011 UPDATE :
THIS PAGE IS NOW SHUT DOWN.
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Founded in September 2010 by photographer Nick Brandt in urgent response to the recent dramatic escalation in poaching across much of Africa, Big Life Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of Africa’s wildlife and ecosystems.
With one of the most spectacular elephant populations in Africa being rapidly diminished by poachers, the Amboseli ecosystem that straddles both Kenya and Tanzania became the Foundation's large-scale pilot project.
Multiple fully-equipped teams of anti-poaching rangers are being placed in newly-built outposts in the critical areas throughout the two million acre + area.
As of May 2011, within just seven months of inception, this new level of co-ordinated protection for the ecosystem has already elicited a major reduction in poaching in the region : amongst other achievements, a number of significant arrests of some of the worst, most prolific long-term poachers in the region have at long last been engineered by Big Life's teams. As a result of these successes, we have been able to quickly send out a strong message to poachers that killing wildlife now carries a far greater risk of being arrested.
However, the poaching continues unabated in the areas where Big Life still has no presence. Whilst Big Life has made substantial progress, there is still a long way to go to achieve their goal of stable and sustainable operations long term.
As the illegal demand for ivory, rhino horn and other wildlife parts continues to grow, there will be many who cannot resist the easy profits to be made out of killing these irreplaceable creatures.
Please learn more at www.biglifeafrica.org