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Toroka, when loosely translated from Swahili means ‘to get away’, is an Amboseli elephant that has lost the tip of his trunk. Elephants can chip or break their trunks in a variety of ways: at the young age, during bull fight or an encounter with a snare, which we suspect is the reason in Toroka’s case..

Amboseli ecosystem is protected by Big Life Foundation. Big Life was co-founded by photographer Nick Brandt and award-winning conservationist Richard Bonham in September 2010.

Since its inception, Big Life has expanded to employ hundreds of 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.

Photo copyright: Big Life Foundation