Wildlife Rehabilitation Experience

 

IMG_4725Learn all about the rehabilitation of wild animals with our intensive 7 day Wildlife Rehabilitation Experience based in Malawi.

Upcoming course dates: 7th March, 4th July & 15th August 2017.


About us…

The Lilongwe Wildlife Trust is Malawi’s leading welfare and conservation charity and our wildlife sanctuary, Lilongwe Wildlife Centre, is an award-winning project, reputed by PASA as one of Africa’s best sanctuaries. Every year the Centre receives many injured or orphaned wildlife that have become victims of the illegal pet and bushmeat trade, which are still prevalent in Malawi.

LWC is home to almost 200 individuals including primates, antelopes, carnivores, birds and reptiles. All of our animals are given the best care by an experienced team of wildlife rehabilitators and veterinarians. Right from the start, the entire rehabilitation process is focused on the potential to release animals back in the wild, whenever possible.

About the Wildlife Rehabilitation Experience…

This intensive 7 day Wildlife Rehabilitation Experience provides you with a combination of theoretic knowledge and practical experience. The program consist of lectures, practical assignments and hands-on rehabilitation techniques, as well as a field excursion to one of our release sites. The course is lead by our Wildlife Centre Sanctuary Manager, Jasper Iepema, who has over 15 years experience in wildlife rehabilitation and worked with many different wildlife species. Topics which will be addressed in this course are:

  • Rescue and intake
  • Disease screening and control
  • Orphan care
  • General rehabilitation techniques
  • Animal capture and restraint
  • Behavioural observation techniques
  • Release and monitoring techniques

 Course details…

HOW MUCH?

  • Course only:  £800/$1030 (Includes: food, dorm accommodation, airport transfers, course materials, t-shirt & certificate – accommodation upgrades available)
  • Additional weeks volunteering at Lilongwe Wildlife Centre before or after the course = £350/$455 per week

QUESTIONS & HOW TO APPLY? Please email lilongwewildlife@gmail.com for more information or for an application form.

Who can apply…

The course will be given at Lilongwe Wildlife Centre and is ideal for students or graduates who want to gain more practical knowledge and experience in the field of Wildlife Rehabilitation, but it’s also a great experience for anyone who has a keen interest and desire to learn more about wildlife. 

There are only 8 places available on each course so grab them quickly!

Preliminary Course Schedule

Monday

Arrival in Lilongwe

Tuesday

Introduction to wildlife rehabilitation (lecture)

Extensive tour behind the scenes of LWC

Animal intake and stabilisation (lecture)

Principles of good orphan care (lecture)

Orphan care protocols and feedings (practical)

Wednesday

Rehabilitation techniques (lecture)

Enclosure quality survey (practical)

Zoonosis, personal hygiene and safety (lecture)

Preventative medicine (lecture)

Diseases of primates (lecture)

Animal body condition score (practical)

Animal capture and restraint (lecture)

Thursday

Animal health checks (practical)

Parasitology (lecture)

Faecal examinations (practical)

Wildlife nutrition and feeding (lecture/practical)

Friday

Lion observations/integrations (practical)

Darting (practical)

Medicating wildlife (lecture)

Medicating wildlife in captivity (practical)

Animal enrichment (lecture)

Saturday

Making animal enrichment (practical)

Measuring the impact of enrichment (practical)

Behavioural observations (lecture/practical)

Introduction to wildlife releases (lecture)

Sunday

Drive to Kasungu National Park

Field survey techniques (lecture)

Animal tracking (lecture)

Vervet tracking/camera traps (practical)

Sundowners

Monday

Animal tracking (practical)

Field survey techniques (practical)

Recap and review

Drive back to LWC

Tuesday

Depart Lilongwe / Join LWC / Zambia safari

Please note:  This is a preliminary schedule and can be subject to change