We love seeing these beautiful cats, but they can be a nuisance because they eat livestock and can injure people. In order to promote tolerance for predators, one of Big Life's core programs aims to reduce economic losses incurred by communities living with such animals through the Predator Compensation Fund.
PCF reimburses livestock owners for a portion of the value of their animal killed every two months, on condition that no predators are killed in retaliation.
Pangolin is the most trafficked mammal in the world, and because of this all 8 species are threatened with extinction.
Big Life rangers protect all wildlife, and their habitats, including pangolin. This pangolin was rescued from farmers who thought it was a python (which are sometimes killed). Rangers relocated it to a safe place in the bush. Rangers also help arrest suspects trading in live pangolin and their parts. Spread the word and help give them a chance at survival.
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ARTistLIFE photographer Nick Brandt
Born and raised in England, Nick first visited East Africa in 1995 whilst directing Earth Song, a music video he made for Michael Jackson. Nick fell in love with the place and the animals there, and felt that there was a way to photograph animals in a way that no-one had done before. As a result, Nick decided to switch careers.
Many of the photos over the years were taken in the Amboseli ecosystem of Kenya and Tanzania, where in 2010, no longer able to sit back and allow the destruction to continue, Nick co-founded Big Life Foundation with one of the most respected conservationists in East Africa, Richard Bonham. As Nick writes, "There’s little use being angry and passive. Much better to be angry and active."
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Volume up! Listen to the sound of the breath of this big bull elephant while the @DWST/KWS vet unit treats his spear wounds.
His name is Tolstoy, and he is one of the grand old bulls that @amboseli_trust has been following for decades. Big Life rangers found him injured this morning and called in the vets, monitoring him until their arrival. He had been speared three times and although the wounds were deep he was successfully treated, and rangers will continue to monitor his progress over the coming days.
It's a difficult time, the maize crop is ripening when the rest of the ecosystem is bone dry, waiting for the next rains. It's inevitable that elephants will raid crops, and equally inevitable that farmers will throw spears in retaliation.
We are confident that the completion of phase 2 of crop-protection fencing will reduce these incidents in future. For now, rangers will continue to do their best to minimize conflict and report elephant injuries for treatment.