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Poaching in Kenya and Tanzania

Big Life Canada Foundation

Big Life strives to prevent the poaching of all wildlife – including thousands of migrating elephants, a growing lion population, and critically endangered Eastern black rhinos – from the rangelands north of Amboseli to the Chyulu Hills, Tsavo West National Park in the east, and south to Kilimanjaro National Park. This area is a central connection point for migrating wildlife and contains some of the most important habitat left in Africa.

Big Life’s rangers conduct extensive daily patrols on foot and by vehicle to gather intelligence, detect and intercept illegal activity, monitor activity via hidden field cameras, and use the latest night-vision and GPS technology to thwart poachers and prevent habitat destruction. Working alongside Kenya Wildlife Service and a network of informers from local communities, Big Life rangers are able to prevent most instances of poaching and successfully apprehend poachers who do manage to kill. Once poachers are apprehended, Big Life works with local prosecutors to ensure that they are punished to the fullest, and most appropriate, extent of the law.

Funding from by the Gordon and Patricia Gray Animal Welfare Foundation was used towards the purchase of water tanks at the Lenkilorouti and Ologurto outposts. Big Life’s rangers, stationed at these and other outposts, are essential to the protection and security of wildlife and critical habitat Big Life was the first organization in the region to establish coordinated cross-border anti-poaching operations between Kenya and Tanzania.

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