Big Life Foundation

Using innovative conservation strategies and collaborating closely with communities and partners, Big Life Foundation seeks to protect East Africa’s wildlife and wild lands.

The first organisation in East Africa with coordinated anti-poaching teams on both sides of the Kenya-Tanzania border; Big Life recognises that sustainable conservation can only be achieved through a community-based collaborative approach. Big Life’s philosophy is to provide conservation-related benefits to local communities, and through this to change attitudes and behaviours in favour of wildlife protection.

Big Life has established a successful holistic conservation model in the Amboseli-Tsavo-Kilimanjaro ecosystem that incorporates wildlife protection and job creation through employment of community rangers; support for communities dealing with crop raiding wildlife; conflict mitigation between humans and predators through livestock compensation; improved education through support for local teachers and scholarships for children; and creation of the Maasai Olympics, a sporting event aimed at providing conservation education and reducing traditional lion killing.