Adopting an animal is a fantastic way to support the Trust’s work through the Wildlife Centre, Malawi’s only wildlife sanctuary, since your donation will go straight towards our care and rehabilitation programme. It makes the perfect gift for yourself or a loved one that also makes a difference.
In return for a one-off donation of $40/£32 you will receive:
A personalised certificate
An information pack including biography of your chosen animal and photos
Our adoption packs are sent via email to help conserve the environment and to ensure that the whole of your donation goes towards the care of the animal rather than mailing/paper costs. You can choose from any of our resident animals below – just click on the photos to read about them below…
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Chorley was one month-old when he was confiscated by a scout of the Department of National
Parks & Wildlife at the Mozambique border in September, 2011. He was being sold on the side of the road by a man, hoping that someone would pay for the animal in order to keep it as
a pet, or use it as bushmeat. It is illegal to sell wild animals without a permit in
Malawi and so the DNPW scout was able to confiscate Chorley and deliver him to the Lilongwe WIldlife Centre.
LWC was much smaller back in 2011 and the few onsite staff worked hard to give our resident
animals the care they needed. When Chorley was a young kitten, staff gave him milk four or five times a day and carefully balanced the attention he got to ensure he was not abandoned, but not overly humanised either.
When Chorley was rescued it was already possible to see that he was developing cataracts in his eyes. This damages his vision, making everything look cloudy and affects his ability to locate and catch his natural prey of birds, frogs, lizards and rodents. Because of this, Chorley can never be released into the wild, but is content exploring in his large enclosure.
Maddie started her journey taken from the wild and sold on the roadside. Purchased by hotel workers she was then discovered at the hotel by a member of African Parks. At only two weeks of age when she was delivered to the Lilongwe Wildlife Center (LWC), Maddie was wobbly on her feet and had a dried up umbilical cord.
LWC's Rescue and Rehabilitation manager introduced herself as Maddie's mother by getting on her hands and knees, hanging a bottle of milk from her chest, and moving herself along like a bushbuck. She let Maddie's head butt her head to initiate the nursing ritual practiced by antelope. After a few butts, Maddie was ready to take the bottle hanging from her "mother". She learnt quickly and is doing well and getting bigger and stronger every day!
Bella was rescued from a zoo in Romania, where she was kept in appalling conditions. Her concrete cage was filthy and her small outside area was too cold and snowy for an African lion. She had a number of medical problems that were left untreated and due to poor diet she developed a curve in her spine, making walking difficult for her. She was also going blind do to glaucoma in one eye and cataracts in the other.
Bella was born in 2002 in the Romanian zoo but sold young to gypsies for tourist reasons though she soon became too big to handle and was sold back to the zoo for breeding purposes. She had one cub but it unfortunately died and this death was soon followed by the death of her mate. In 2007 the zoo was shut down and thanks to campaigning from the group ‘Lion’s Roar’ and the Born Free Foundation, Bella was taken to a different facility and given eye surgery where she soon recovered her strength and heath.
In March 2009 Bella left Romania forever and was transported to Lilongwe Wildlife Centre to live in a specially built enclosure and have a life unlike anything she had experienced before. Virginia McKenna was there to open Bella’s last ever cage and release her into the freedom and safety of her new enclosure at Lilongwe Wildlife Centre where she will stay.
In February 2014 Bella found a friend. Simba arrived at the centre and after initially spending time in close but separate enclosures they can now be found relaxing and dozing in the sun together very much enjoying each other’s company. A very cool cat, Bella is one of the best loved characters at Lilongwe Wildlife Centre.
Oscar arrived to us in 2015. Responding to a call from a concerned citizen, our WERU vet Amanda travelled to Mchinji, near the border with Zambia, to pick up a yellow baboon that was destined for the pet trade and take him back to our rescue centre. Fortunately, he’s very bright and alert and is currently settling into his temporary home in our quarantine area and we’ve named him Oscar.
Once his health checks are complete we’ll be able to introduce him to our other baboons and hopefully be able to one day give him a second chance in the wild. He was around 7 months old when he arrived and already quite a character! Your support will help us to ensure the best possible care for Oscar and you’ll be able to follow his journey through his rehabilitation here at Lilongwe Wildlife Centre.
The Vervet Monkey
Sprog was brought to us in mid-September after he was picked up by a local resident who spotted him being sold at the side of the road in town. This is despite it is illegal to buy/sell/keep/kill/eat any wild animal in Malawi. He was severely dehydrated, the worst we have seen in recent times, so our vet set to work immediately giving him fluids and trying him with milk and some soft banana. He also had obvious respiratory problems, most likely due to being malnourished and poorly kept, so he was given some antibiotics. It was a tense couple of days, as being as dehydrated as he was there was no telling whether he was going to make it. However, after some care from our team and TLC from our volunteers he brightened up really well within just a few days and we started to see the playful and lively monkey in him come out!
So, after a few weeks with interaction from our volunteers he has now been introduced to some fellow vervet monkeys – Target (our very best and well experienced foster mum) and Bumi, an orphan that came in earlier this year and has been fostered by Target for a while. It’s early days but the integration of Sprog with this pair is going very well! Target has taken to him splendidly, but it’s Bumi who’s the shining star….she’s acting like a protective big sister to Sprog and showing him the ropes, grooming him, proving to be a great play-mate, and generally keeping an eye on him making sure he’s ok and settling in.
The Vervet Monkey
Simba was born January 8th, 2005, in a French zoo, Parc Zoologique du Bouy and he lived there for several years before he was then acquired by an animal trainer in Vernay. Here, poor Simba’s home was a ‘beast wagon’ – nothing more than a lorry trailer. When this trailer was cleaned out, Simba was allowed access to a small circular ‘exercise cage’ attached to the trailer. Not surprisingly, Simba would then often refuse to return to the confines of the trailer and yet the exercise cage wasn’t secure enough for him to remain in.
It is heart-breaking to think of the life Simba must have endured. The cramped conditions, the loneliness, the boredom day after day. Thankfully though, matters were about to change for Simba when the French Authorities stepped in and ordered that Simba be handed over.
At the end of 2013, thanks to a concerted effort by Fondation 30 Millions d’Amis, a French NGO and the Natuurhulpcentrum (NHC), Simba had a temporary new home in Belgium before arriving at Lilongwe Wildlife Centre in February 2014. Here, after some time in an enclosure next to Bella’s, the two of them got to know each other before they united in their new joint home. They can now be found relaxing and dozing in the sun together very much enjoying each other’s company.