Our Impact: 41 Ranger Salaries with Big Life Foundation
In our first campaign for conservation, Vital Impacts raised over $620,000 selling fine art prints. The funds were distributed to four non-profits including Big Life, Great Plains Foundation’s Project Ranger, Jane Goodall’s Roots and Shoots and SeaLegacy. We are thrilled and honored to now be able to share some of the impact your contributions made possible.
Our donation to Big Life is supporting 41 annual ranger salaries with their community ranger program. Community rangers are the primary way Big Life protects wildlife and habitat in over 1.6 million acres of wilderness of the Amboseli-Tsavo-Kilimanjaro ecosystem of East Africa, a cross border area spanning both Kenya and Tanzania.
Big Life’s comprehensive ranger program consists of more than 500 local community rangers and field staff, 30 permanent outposts and 7 mobile field units, 16 vehicles, 2 tracker dogs, and 2 planes for aerial surveillance. This employment of Maasai rangers and field staff serves a dual purpose: it directly improves the livelihoods of local people and helps ensure a future of coexistence between people and animals.
In the first quarter of 2022 alone, rangers patrolled a total of 148,116 KM, recovered 194.6 kg of ivory before it could enter the illegal market.
Your support has truly made a difference. Thank you for making this work possible. We look forward to sharing more impact updates over the coming month.
Photos by Big Life / Jeremy Goss