Nearly 35,000 elephants are killed each year in Africa for their ivory tusks; the lion population has dropped by 75 percent outside the parks in the past 20 years to just 35,000 due to poaching; and the western black rhino was officially deemed extinct in 2013. That’s why fine-art photographer Nick Brandt and ol Donyo Lodge founder Richard Bonham started the non-profit Big Life Foundation in 2010. The organization employs local Kenyans as rangers who patrol more than 809,000 hectares of Kenyan and Tanzanian countryside from 31 anti-poaching camps to help track and protect the most endangered wildlife. Sister charity Big Life Foundation Canada (biglife.org) was established in 2012 and is raising funds for a new rapidresponse mobile team in Oltiseka, Kenya—it costs approximately US$145,000 to establish and maintain this team for a year. ■
Kenya’s national cocktail is called the Dawa: a delicious mix of vodka, lemon, honey and sugar cane. For the recipe, visit ellecanada.com/currentissue.