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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.

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