Kenya: Big Life Foundation
The Big Life Foundation seeks to conserve and sustain the wildlife and the wild lands of the Amboseli-Tsavo ecosystem of East Africa through innovative conservation strategies that address the greatest threats while - at the same time - satisfying the economic interests of the resident Maasai people in ways that improve the quality of life for the entire community.
Staff: Richard Bonham (Chair, the Maasailand Preservation Trust); Samar Ntalamia (Programme Manager)
Location: Chyulu Hills, in the north-east of the Tsavo ecosystem, Kenya
Species: Black rhino (Diceros bicornis michaeli)
Habitat: Straddling southern Kenya and northern Tanzania, Amboseli is amongst the richest wildlife areas in Africa.
Activities: Anti-poaching and monitoring patrols, research, Reafforestation programme, Predator Compensation Fund, education bursaries and mobile health clinic
Why support this programme
The black rhino is one of most endangered species on earth. With numbers falling from 850,000 in circa 1700, to 65,000 in 1970, to 2,410 in 1995. The population that lives in the Chyulu Hills represents one of the last wild populations in Kenya (most rhino today are kept in fenced sanctuaries), and its survival is key if there is to be any hope for the future of this species in the wild.
Big Life runs a Game Scout and Rhino programme who together with the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), provide 24-hour security for the small about extremely important population of elusive black rhino.
For the year 2012-13, the total Game scout budget is 350,000 euros. This covers budget items such as salaries and rations, vehicle use and maintenance, communications, consumables, equipment and legal costs.
Your donations will make a valuable contribution to the development of this programme.
To donate to this programme please click here and select Kenya - Big Life Foundation from the drop down
Chyulu Hills National Park, Kenya, and the adjacent Mbirikani Group Ranch. These lie to the north of Tsavo East National Park and form part of the Amboseli-Tsavo ecosystem. The below map shows the area that Big Life work to protect.