The Big Life Foundation is an international NGO that seeks to stop wildlife poaching through direct intervention and training/logistics coordination of wildlife services. It was founded in 2010 by renowned wildlife photographer Nick Brandt and award-winning conservationist Richard Bonham, alongside several other professionals and myself. Since then, Big Life has expanded to employ hundreds of local Maasai rangers—with more than 40 permanent outposts and tent-based field units, 13 vehicles, tracker dogs, and aerial surveillance—protecting 2 million acres of wilderness in the Amboseli-Tsavo-Kilimanjaro ecosystem of East Africa.
Big Life was the first organization in East Africa to establish coordinated cross-border anti-poaching operations. As Director of Technology for the foundation, I was responsible for developing and maintaining all design and development of the foundation's website and payment portals. Additionally, I was responsible for providing recommendations (and field testing) of various foundation equipment, inclusive to surveillance, night vision and infrared illumination, and when necessary, aiding export compliance through the State Department's Directorate of Defense Trade Controls.
To this day, it remains some of the most rewarding work I've ever had the privilege of being a part of. Although I no longer manage the day-to-day technical operations of Big life, the foundation is still quite active. You are encouraged and thanked in advance to visit it at http://biglife.org and support it any way you are able.