Big Life Foundation @biglifeafrica
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On the ground in East Africa, partnering with communities to protect nature for the benefit of all.
12 Posts
88k Followers
215 Following
On the ground in East Africa, partnering with communities to protect nature for the benefit of all.
Oryx strike a stunning silhouette in Big Life’s area of operation. There are two species in East Africa: the besia oryx north of the Tana River, and the fringe-eared oryx south of the Tana. The fringe-eared oryx, featured today for #wildlifewednesday, only live in southeastern Kenya and into northeastern Tanzania. These impressive antelopes have long horns on both males and females and dramatic markings on their fur, particularly around their faces. ⁠ ⁠ They are listed as vulnerable, their numbers dramatically reduced as they are targeted for bushmeat, and their habitat is encroached by human development. In Big Life’s area of operation, these animals are protected by our tireless community rangers working to combat all forms of poaching and illegal activity. ⁠ ⁠ #conservation #oryx #eastafrica #worthmorealive #wildlife⁠ Photo: @jeremy.goss⁠
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2020 CALENDARS NOW AVAILABLE⁠ Big Life’s community rangers protect the Greater Amboseli ecosystem 24/7, 365 days a year. Be part of the action throughout 2020 with a gorgeous calendar featuring images of local wildlife and our rangers. An overview of our programs and area of operation is included. The calendars are printed on thick recycled paper and make great holiday gifts. Check them out, and more items, in our online store: shop.biglife.org⁠ Direct link to calendars in Instagram stories. ⁠ ⁠ #shopforacause #shopforgood #supportmissions #christmas #nonprofit #charity #donate #giving #giveback #holidayshopping #holidaygifts
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Our Predator Compensation Fund is designed to protect all predators in our ecosystem, including these beautiful cheetahs, by encouraging co-existence and compensating for livestock lost. REPOST: FOUR cheetah are special anywhere, but living in a narrow wildlife corridor between two settlement areas? Nuts. The @kimanasanctuary is a little piece of amazing, a critical piece of habitat connecting Amboseli with Tsavo to the East. It’s home to some of the biggest elephants in the planet, a young male lion looking for a territory, these 4 cheetah, and most recently a leopard. @biglifeafrica and @sheldricktrust are doing some seriously important conservation work here, all with thanks to the local community landowners. #kimanasanctuary #conservationsuccess #wildplanet #earthcapture #african_portraits #featured_wildlife #wildgeography #cheetah #wildlifecorridors
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In a followup to the recent Hong Kong Lion Week, it is Elephant Week again, and Big Life's Daniel Sambu is back for a 4th year with @theelephantfoundationhk. Daniel is visiting local Hong Kong schools to raise awareness on the impacts of the illegal ivory and wildlife trade on wildlife, including elephants, and communities in East Africa, and what students can do to stop it. ⁠ ⁠ While Big Life's primary focus is on preventing the poaching that feeds the trade, we are glad to do whatever we can to help reduce demand for ivory and other wildlife products in destination countries like Hong Kong.⁠ ⁠ Photo: @timlamproduction #elephants #ivory #rhinos #lions #elephantweek #hongkong #biglifefoundation
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GREAT BALLS OF GREEN⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ No one likes digging holes. Just imagine digging 70,000 of them. ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Luckily, we didn’t have to. We planted about 70,000 tree and grass seed pods across our Amboseli area of operation in the last year, while hardly breaking a sweat. How did we do it, you might ask? ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ In an effort to make it easier to plant trees, @seedballskenya have created little balls of magic, aptly named ‘seedballs.’ These are indigenous tree and grass seeds encased in small balls of charcoal, created from the charcoal dust and chips that are the waste product of the charcoal industry.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ The unassuming balls are designed to be spread across degraded areas and then left alone, protected by their charcoal casings while lying in wait for the rain. With moisture comes germination, and the charcoal then provides a nutrient boost to send the seedling on its way.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Our global climate is changing at an unprecedented rate, and human activities are the cause. Changing course is a huge challenge (particularly with the denialism perpetuated by certain interest groups), but every tree helps, and it’s something that each one of us can do. Here in Amboseli, we are trying to restore woodland areas that have been degraded through logging, charcoaling, and excessive pressure from herbivores.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ The result will be a more productive, diverse ecosystem, and hopefully a small contribution to the tree cover of our planet. We are grateful for our partnership with Seedballs Kenya, whose network has distributed an extraordinary 7 million seedballs across East Africa since 2016. ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ You can learn more about Seedballs Kenya over at their website. As always, we are grateful for your support. ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Photos: @shaunmousley⁠⠀ #ConservationOptimism #climatechange #seedballs #africa #conservation #kenya
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Elephants, rhinos, and lions are popular for very good reasons, but for this Wildlife Wednesday, here’s a lesser-known, but equally important species in our ecosystem.⁠ ⁠ The Black-backed jackal is a small but cunning canine, related to dogs, coyotes, fox, and wolves. Jackals will mate for life, giving them an advantage while living amongst larger carnivores of Africa and may live in small packs. They are opportunistic omnivores either feeding carrion or hunting for birds, small mammals, eggs, fruit, and reptiles. One of the amazing things about the Black-backed jackal is that fossil evidence has revealed that the Black-backed jackal is one of the oldest known canine species, remaining mostly unchanged since the Pleistocene epoch, 2.5 million years ago. ⁠ ⁠ They’re common in Big Life’s area of operation, and just one of the many species in the Greater Amboseli ecosystem protected by our rangers. ⁠ ⁠ Photo: @Jeremy.Goss⁠ #wil#wildlifewednesday #wildlife #jackal #africa #conservation #animals
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PANGOLIN TRADERS GET WHAT THEY ASKED FOR⁠ ⁠ The sellers wanted US $10,000, and that’s what they got. Not in hard cash as they’d hoped, but as the amount set for their bail.⁠ ⁠ The two thought they had a neat plan: purchase a live pangolin and try to sell it on for this extraordinary figure. What they hadn’t counted on was Big Life’s intelligence officers watching their every move.⁠ ⁠ Working with the @KenyaWildlifeService, our intelligence teams designed the trap and bust, and the two men were caught red-handed. They are now behind bars awaiting trial, each unable to make bail. The pangolin has been released back into the wild where it belongs.⁠ ⁠ Only days later, we caught another pangolin seller in our intelligence net, and he was subsequently arrested by the Kenya Wildlife Service. This time it was a Tanzanian national, who made the mistake of thinking that Kenya was a good place to sell pangolin scales. He pleaded guilty, and will be in jail for seven years.⁠ ⁠ Trade in all eight of the world’s pangolin species is illegal, but the demand in the east remains strong, as the scales used in traditional medicine and the meat is considered a delicacy. As Asian pangolin populations have been over-exploited, the demand for African species has increased.⁠ ⁠ This global wildlife trade is one of the most significant threats to biodiversity on the planet, and tackling it is a daunting challenge. But we can all take action. Wherever you are, you can lobby your local government to restrict trade in wild species, and you can personally avoid exotic pets and animal parts. ⁠ ⁠ Demand reduction is critical in the long-term, but in the meantime we will continue to fight wildlife crime here in East Africa. We know how to do it through a combination of effective intelligence networks, partnerships with national government agencies, and high, well-enforced penalties. Each successful bust is another warning to would-be traders. ⁠ ⁠ Please support Big Life and help us in our efforts to dismantle illegal wildlife trade networks.⁠ ⁠ #pangolin #worthmorealive #endangeredspecies #conservation #biodiversity #biglifefoundation⁠
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Please join us in wishing our Co-Founder and Director of Operations in Kenya, Richard Bonham, a very happy birthday! There is no better present than Big Life’s amazing supporters enabling the protection of the incredible Greater Amboseli ecosystem... #biglifefoundation #happybirthday #elephant #conservation
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