Stop the killing of elephants and rhinos! Using highly effective and innovative anti-poaching conservation strategies, Big Life Foundation protects East Africa's wildlife and wild lands.
Big Life's brave Maasai rangers put their lives on the line daily to protect endangered wildlife from poachers and other threats. Here is a glimpse into a typical day:
6am - A ranger wakes at a remote outpost where he serves for 3 weeks at a stretch with a unit of 4-12 rangers. He drinks a cup of hot, sweet tea before setting out on patrol.
9am - The ranger's unit encounters a herd of elephants and notices that one elephant is dragging a leg, suffering from multiple spear wounds. A mobile vet team is called to the scene. The rangers stay with the wounded elephant until it has been treated, revived, and rejoined its family.
1pm - A ranger finds and destroys a deadly snare intended to kill one of the critically-endangered Eastern black rhinos under his unit's 24-hour protection. Another ranger collects data from a nearby camera trap for later analysis.
3pm - The rangers play a game of hide-and-seek in a tracker dog drill designed to keep skills and senses well-honed. The dogs have an incredible sense of smell and easily find them every time.
7pm - Someone reports a baby elephant trapped in a water hole. The rangers rush to pull the baby out of the hole, then deliver it into the hands of caregivers for medical attention.
11pm - No rest for the weary. Rangers respond to a call for help as elephants invade the crops of a nearby community farm. It's no easy task convincing a hungry elephant that this corn was not grown for him, but that's exactly what the rangers must do in order to prevent deadly retaliation.
1am - Finally, sleep. In the morning, with your support, they will rise and start the cycle all over again.