I have followed the progress of this organization for a few years now. Rarely have I seen a group of people so committed or so effective. Big Life has cut through all the usual conservation rhetoric and developed ingenious and creative ways of taking action. The area they manage is now a secure haven for wildlife as well as a place where the local community benefits. The people are empowered and are now willing custodians of the natural treasures around them. I have been fortunate enough to visit the Big Life HQ and hear from the people on the ground. They are a truly inspiring, courageous and determined group of individuals.
For 6 years did my husband and I patiently wait to attend a photo exhibition of Nick Brandt, co-founder of Big Life Foundation. First, to see Brandt's trilogy "ON THIS EARTH, A SHADOW FALLS ACROSS THE RAVAGED LAND" in Ulm, Germany then to Paris for his latest collection "INHERIT THE DUST", we are fully charged with anticipation!
Not only is Nick Brandt my artist of choice, director of the Michael Jackson "Earth Song" video and does he personally answer E-mails...he's a God-send whose life-changing work shatters one's ignorance...particularly, this latest collection in which he photographs his life-size images of African wildlife in their former natural settings now transformed beyond their habitation.
Together with Big Life co-founder Richard Bonham and their team of Rangers, they are the first organization in East Africa of coordinated anti-poaching teams operating on both sides of the Kenya-Tanzania border.
I have followed the success 0f BIG LIFE on line seeing their outstanding work and success stories in reducing the poaching nightmare within their area of operations. I was fortunate on two visits to meet the staff as well as several game scouts/rangers on the job as well as witness the coordinated efforts to treat wounded animals. The warrior class now competes with each other athletically in the Maasai Olympics rather than spearing lions to prove their prowess and bravery. I know of no other NGO as effective in dealing with poaching and human wildlife conflict.
Huge Kudos to BLF - this last year you have once again led the battle against poaching from the front..... Its a war that will still take time to win - sustained interaction with communities and vigilant protection will get us there.
Big Life are showing the way forward to conservation in Africa - I greatly admire their tireless dedication, enthusiasm and passion. keep up the amazing work.
I visited the headquarters of Big Life twice in 2013, and heard from their conservation staff about their programs to protect lions and elephants by passing tourist revenue on to the community, through employment, education, and incentives for co-existing peacefully with animals. I was very impressed by their work, and have supported them in developing a partnership with Oakland Zoo.
They are my heroes in conservation work!
Big Life generates the largest impact, dollar for dollar, out of any Africa wildlife based non profit. i found this to be true for two main reasons: 1) the passion and quality of their management and staff 2) the impact of their innovative programs like Predator Compensation Fund and Maasai Olympics.
The platform they have created works and now needs to spread to cover more territory in more countries.
This organization is not only doing great work, but very important work. I encourage everyone I know to contribute and support Big Life.
I hold this organization close to my heart as it continues to exceed my expectations with the work it does for something I feel so passionately about.
I have been a regular donor and fundraiser for Big Life's programs since 2010. On several occasions, I have been pleased to learn my contributions were put to work in the field within days of receipt and helped provide supplies that allowed the rangers to catch bad guys. I have never worked with an organization that put my money to work so quickly. I also love reading the Bush and Big Life News on their website to learn more about their challenges and success stories.