About LWT


Malawi is known for its friendly people and beautiful places but poverty, deforestation and wildlife crime have put the nation’s wildlife under immense pressure.  The ‘Warm Heart of Africa’ is also Southern Africa’s principal transit hub for the trafficking of illicit wildlife products, which threatens some of the region’s most iconic species such as elephants with extinction.


Lilongwe Wildlife Trust’s works to protect Malawi’s habitats and wildlife through:

  • ADVOCACY & ENFORCEMENT initiatives that influence decision makers and help to bring wildlife criminals to justice.
  • WILDLIFE RESCUE & RESEARCH programmes that support the well-being of individual animals, the survival of species and the conservation of habitats.
  • CONSERVATION EDUCATION that inspires humans to live in harmony with nature.


Lilongwe Wildlife Trust was established in 2008 when our first project – Lilongwe Wildlife Centre – opened as a wildlife rescue, rehabilitation and education facility supporting the Government’s work fighting wildlife crimes.

Since then our rescue and education remit has expanded nationally and in 2014, we started work to combat serious wildlife crime, in particular ivory trafficking.  Today, our projects support high level wildlife crime investigations, wildlife justice programmes for prosecutors and courts, and revisions to wildlife policy and legislation.


We pride ourselves on our impact, so if you’re thinking of becoming a frienddonating to one of our projects or coming out as a volunteer – please read our report and email trust@lilongwewildlife.org if you have any questions.  Thanks for your support!