About Lilongwe Wildlife Trust

Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world and has one of the fastest growing populations in Africa, placing natural resources under immense pressure. Wildlife crimes – such as the illegal ivory, bush-meat, pet and charcoal trades – impact both wild animal welfare as well as species conservation in Malawi, and also stand as one of the greatest threats to wildlife survival worldwide. 

Lilongwe Wildlife Trust is dedicated to protecting Malawi’s wildlife and its habitats. Our story started in 2008 when our first project, the Wildlife Centre, opened as a sanctuary for animals rescued by the Government, primarily from illegal wildlife trades, and also as the country’s largest conservation education facility. Whilst the Wildlife Centre remains a flagship project, our NGO has evolved and we started to work nationally from 2013. Today we run numerous projects across Malawi which fall within the following programme areas:

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Ease wild animal suffering and support the survival & wellbeing of species.

Keep wildlife & forest crime on the national agenda, deter involvement & bring criminals to justice.

Inspire people to protect their natural heritage for the benefit of wildlife & communities.

Wildlife Rescues
WERU (nationwide)

Wildlife Sanctuary
Wildlife Centre (Lilongwe)

Conservation Research
Wildlife re-introductions,
conservation medicine

Anti-Trafficking Initiatives
Investigations, detection dogs

Justice, Policy & Law
Wildlife Act amendment, court monitoring

Sensitisation & Lobbying
Stop Wildlife Crime campaign,
Malawi Parliamentary Conservation Caucus

Urban Outreach
Lilongwe (LEEP)

Protected Area Outreach
Liwonde, Kasungu, Kuti, Nyika-Vwaza

Community Conservation
Sustainable livelihoods,
community forests, green energy


  • 35,000+ children engaged in our environmental education programmes – Malawi’s largest
  • 250+ wild animals rescued and cared for by the Wildlife Centre
  • 31 further callouts to national parks for our Wildlife Emergency Response Unit
  • 1 in 4 rescued animals released back into the wild through applied conservation research projects
  • 2 Presidential events and 57 press articles
  • 200 hectares of nationally rare forest protected from urban encroachment
  • 10,000 trees planted in local communities
  • 57 arrests for ivory trafficking including the confiscation of over 500kg of illicit ivory

Read our latest annual report here.


H.R.H. Prince Richard, the Duke of Gloucester and Virginia McKenna, O.B.E.


LWT: CONGOMA (Council of Non-Gov’tl Organisations, Malawi). International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Species Survival Network, Conservation Council for Malawi Parliamentary Conservation Caucus.

Wildlife Centre: PASA (Pan African Sanctuary Alliance), GFAS (Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries), Born Free Foundation through the PAW (People & Wildlife) scheme. Responsible Tourism Award winner.