The Mbirikani Group Ranch in the Chyulu Hills where ol Donyo is based, is also the birthplace of the Big Life Foundation, our conservation effort of choice.

Big Life now employs approximately 300 rangers, with 27 outposts and 15 vehicles, protecting 2 million acres of wilderness in the Amboseli-Tsavo ecosystem of Kenya and across the border into Tanzania.

Recognizing that sustainable conservation can only be achieved through a community-based collaborative approach, Big Life uses innovative conservation strategies to address the greatest threats; to reduce the loss of wildlife to poaching, to defeat the ivory trade, and to mitigate human-wildlife conflict. Protecting the great predators is a major part of our work and predator compensation is an important way to do that. Compensation is a tool to pay for livestock killed by lions, leopards, and cheetah primarily, on condition that those predators are not killed out of retaliation.

It is a scientifically proven methodology and we have seen great success in this program.

Great Plains Conservation contributes $116 per guest per day staying at ol Donyo Lodge, from our revenues to the Big Life Foundation, and it is allocated as follows:

  • $25 for Ranch Executive committee for the management of the 275,000-acre Ranch
  • $30 for Predator Compensation Fund
  • $10 for Teachers
  • $10 for Wildlife Scholarships
  • $15 for anti-poaching/wildlife security
  • $15 for Big Life Administration
  • $16 for Government of Kenya VAT tax

We encourage you to find out more from our staff and researchers that we fund and accommodate on site, and contribute as well if you find this work inspiring and convincing. Our target is raise $800,000 each year to secure this important link between Amboseli and the Chyulus and to expand our model to other regions of Africa.