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  • WILDLIFE EMERGENCY RESCUE UNIT MENDS OLD WOUNDS

    This past week, our Head Veterinarian and Wildlife Emergency Rescue Unit (WERU) Manager, Dr. Amanda Lee Salb, was called out to a national park to help locate two Waterbucks with old wire snare wounds. The team had been observing their movements over the course of a few weeks to make locating them a bit easier ...

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  • WILDLIFE RESCUE UPDATE: INDIGO THE BLUE MONKEY

    Sweet little Indigo was rescued in January from Kande Beach in Lake Malawi. She was extremely nervous and had a tough adjusting to her new life. She received round the clock but now Indigo is learning how to be a Blue Monkey again from her “foster” brother Frank. Both have passed their quarantine exam and ...

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  • 2016 IMPACT REPORT PUBLISHED

    The challenges facing Malawi’s wildlife are substantial. Wildlife crimes such as the bush-meat and illegal pet trades are still commonplace and not only cause suffering for individual animals but also threaten species with extinction. What’s more, the country’s poor law enforcement, weak legislation and reputation for corruption has attracted the attention of organised wildlife crime ...

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  • MALAWI’S YOUNG VOICES HEARD DURING WORLD WILDLIFE DAY CELEBRATION

    On March 10, Malawi’s Department of National Parks & Wildlife along with the Lilongwe Wildlife Trust celebrated World Wildlife Day at the Lilongwe Nature Sanctuary. The celebration came a week after World Wildlife Day was celebrated internationally on March 3, however that is a national holiday for Malawi. Despite the late celebration, the event was well ...

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  • THANK YOU JAKE ZARINS!

    Jake ran the Brighton Half Marathon for LWT in an impressive 1h44m and raising a whopping £977 (and he’s officially the first person ever to run in an event like this on our behalf). Feeling inspired? Get in touch with us if there’s a personal challenge you would like to set yourself in aid of ...

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  • THAILAND IVORY SEIZURE A DISAPPOINTMENT FOR MALAWI

    330kg of elephant ivory was seized in Thailand this week that had originated from Kamuzu International Airport in Malawi. It was smuggled in two shipments of rough stone via Ethiopian Airways and  Malawi has been identified as the key transit and distribution hub  in Southern Africa, and given the excellent work being done here to combat ivory ...

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  • WORLD WILDLIFE DAY – MARCH 3

    In celebration of World Wildlife Day, we hosted Tirevane orphanage at the Wildlife Centre. The children and volunteers were treated to games, coloring activity, tour of the Wildlife Centre and lunch. It would not have been complete without some dancing in there as well!                         We also premiered our newest short film, Elephant: I Miss You, by ...

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  • AFTER THE FLOOD: HELP SUPPORT THE LILONGWE WILDLIFE CENTRE!

    By: Gen Crisford, Tourism and Conservation Manager On Friday, February 10th after heavy than normal rains throughout the week, the Lingadzi river overflowed into the Wildlife Centre within a matter of hours, causing serious damage which is now estimated at $3,000 for clean up and repairs. The main perimeter fence where the river entered and exited the ...

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  • ORPHAN SEASON: CAPE & SALIMA, TOWN MONKEYS

    By: Alma van Dorenmalen, Rescue & Rehabilitation Manager Orphan season is the season of the year where young primates are born and rescued throughout the country. What often happens is that vervets and baboon raid crops and get killed by villagers who are protecting their crops. When they go into the field to collect the body ...

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  • MISSION POSSIBLE MALAWI: LONDON EVENT, 8th FEBRUARY

    Lilongwe Wildlife Trust To Host Private Reception on February 8 to Present the Mission Possible Malawi Initiative on Combatting Wildlife Crime Speakers Include Renowned Conservationists from the Born Free Foundation, Tusk Trust and Save the Elephants PRESS RELEASE: 27 January 2017 (Lilongwe, Malawi) – The Lilongwe Wildlife Trust, a grassroots NGO dedicated to protecting Malawi’s wildlife and ...

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  • SETTLING INTO THEIR SECOND CHANCE

    The 2016 vervet monkey is now coming to a close after nine long months of post-release monitoring in Kasungu National Park. 22 vervets, all who came into the Lilongwe Wildlife Centre after being injured or orphaned, were successfully rehabilitated and given a second chance to live life in the wild. They were released into Kasungu National ...

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  • CLEMENT WINS PRESTIGIOUS PASA AWARD

    Huge congratulations to Clement Manjaalera, LWT’s Head of Education & Community Conservation, for winning PASA’s Siddle-Marsden Award for 2016!  Greg Tully, PASA’s Executive Director, said, “PASA is delighted to present the 2016 Siddle-Marsden Award to Clement Manjaalera. The award is granted every year to an employee of a PASA member wildlife center who exemplifies a commitment ...

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: CULTURE, FOLKLORE & WILDLIFE IN MALAWI

    As part of our work to tailor our messaging for our conservation education and advocacy campaigns, Eddie Royle has produced a report on cultural attitudes and beliefs towards wildlife in Malawi.  Read Eddie’s full report here and his article below.  Thanks Eddie for all the hard work! 50 % of the world’s species has been lost in the last ...

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  • Can the Japanese say no to ivory products?

    First published on African Conservation Foundation Sawako Nevin and the Chinese Ambassador at an awareness raising event on wildlife crime in Malawi   I’m a Japanese woman married to a British diplomat.  We keep moving places every 3 to 4 years and currently live in Malawi after staying four years in Kenya.  Since our Kenya days, we’ve visited ...

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  • REHAB DIARY: FROM HOUSE CAT TO WILD CAT

    Hamu came to the Centre in 2014. He was orphaned and was being sold along the road. Luckily, vigilant people picked him up and brought him to the Lilongwe SPCA. They realised right away that this was a serval kitten and brought him straight to the Centre. Hamu was more humanised than other servals we have ...

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  • LET THEM KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS TIME

    Christmas came early for Hands of Hope Orphanage this year with a very special visit to Lilongwe Wildlife Centre. The children were treated to a bounty of festive games and visited the animals to wish Bella and Simba a Merry Christmas. They were finally met by an extraordinary visitor who flew in especially to take ...

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  • THE SAFARI THAT CHANGED LAWS

    Published in the Nation: Sam Chunga, 14 December 2016   http://mwnation.com/the-safari-that-changed-wildlife-laws/   When lawmakers in Malawi passed the National Parks and wildlife bill last week, some of them knew what they were talking about. Last month, 48 members of Parliament (MPs) delved into the scenic bushes of Liwonde National Park where they witnessed why wildlife must be protected at all ...

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  • SPONSORSHIP SECURED FOR MALAWI’S WILDLIFE EMERGENCY RESPONSE UNIT

    Back in 2014 we had rescued a total 83 wild animals, released 58 of them and had 254 under our long term care. Some were victims of human-wildlife conflict, many were rescued from the illegal bushmeat or pet trades and all had come through our Wildlife Centre which, as Malawi’s only wildlife sanctuary, was a ...

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  • CONGRATULATIONS GRADUATES!

    On the 16th of December, 38 proud Adult Literacy students graduated at a ceremony held at Lilongwe Wildlife Centre. After 10 months of studying  and attending classes three times a week, the graduates  are now skilled in mathematics, dictation, reading and writing. The graduates hail from Area 23 in Lilongwe and the Sampah region. Special guests at ...

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  • MALAWI PASSES NEW ACT: UP TO 30 YEARS IN PRISON FOR WILDLIFE CRIME

    PRESS RELEASE: LWT/GIZ Malawi’s new National Parks & Wildlife Act was passed in Parliament today, giving courts the power to put serious wildlife criminals behind bars for up to 30 years with no option of a fine. Hon Chilenga, co-chair of the Malawi Parliamentary Conservation Caucus and Chair of the Natural Resource Committee, said, “This bill represents a ...

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  • Amanda Lee Salb: Improving the Welfare of Wildlife Across Malawi

    Published on Huffington Post. Malawi is a small country in southern-central Africa. Stationed there, Amanda Lee Salb, DVM, is the nation’s first resident wildlife veterinarian. She began her work about three years ago, when she first came to the country to work for the Lilongwe Wildlife Trust (LWT) as the veterinarian at their rescue and rehabilitation wildlife ...

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  • MALAWIAN MPS VISIT LIWONDE

    Pulling off a trip to Liwonde NP for 49 MPs was a challenge especially with the arrival of the first rains, but all was well in the end! Highlights including no floods or capsized boats, fabulous wildlife sightings and a rousing speech from Hon Richard Msowoya, the Speaker of the National Assembly, about how parliamentarians can ...

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  • LEADING TANZANIAN NGO PRAISE MALAWI’S PROGRESS ON TACKLING WILDLIFE CRIME

    A lovely article here from Africa Geographic: http://africageographic.com/blog/wildlife-crime-malawi-makes-history-sets-precedent/.  Please click on the link to see all the pictures. Written by Lindy Taverner. Wildlife crime history was recently set in Malawi with not one, but two unprecedented court rulings – the first ever conviction of an individual dealing in rhino horn and, in a separate case, the first ...

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  • HISTORIC WILDLIFE CRIME CONVICTIONS IN MALAWI TODAY

    http://www.nyasatimes.com/two-police-officers-businessman-jailed-wildlife-crime-malawi-sets-history Wildlife crime history was set in Malawi today with not one but two unprecedented court rulings – the first ever conviction of an individual dealing in rhino horn and, in a separate case, the first ever policemen to be convicted for wildlife trafficking.  Vwi Given Haiwa, a 35 year old businessman from Ntaja village in the ...

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  • UK MPs URGE YOUNG PARLIAMENTARIANS IN MALAWI TO COMMIT TO CONSERVATION

    Published by the British Government here UK Members of Parliament have this week joined their Malawian counterparts to urge more young parliamentarians to engage in wildlife conservation issues. The delegation were visiting Malawi from the UK as part of a training programme on issues-based campaigning and youth engagement, organised by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, which also included ...

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  • MALAWI HIGHLIGHTED IN EIA WILDLIFE CRIME REPORT

    The Environmental Investigations Agency have published a set of status reports on 15 key countries, including Malawi, entitled ‘Time for Action End the criminality and corruption fuelling wildlife crime’.  The reports are well worth a read, scroll down the page for the reports for each country here     

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  • FUELING COMMUNITIES

    Every Thursday morning, a group of women in a community in Lilongwe’s Area 23 gather to make fuel briquettes. Their efforts are certainly paying off – with over 2000 sold in a month! Deforestation is a huge problem and the cutting down of trees for firewood is one of the main causes. Briquettes are a great ...

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  • PRIORITISE CONSERVATION, MALAWI CAMPAIGNERS URGE

    Published by Martha Kondowe in the Maravi Post As scientists predict a mass extinction and the destruction of the natural world that humanity relies upon for survival, local campaigners are calling for conservation to be pushed to the top of Malawi’s agenda. According to a report published by WWF and Zoological Society of London last week, there ...

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  • ADULT LITERACY STUDENTS MAKE THE GRADE

    Last month 38 students who were taking part in our Adult Literacy programme received the fantastic news that they had passed their exams. The Lilongwe based students studied reading, writing, comprehension and mathematics. Many of the programme participants were farmers, so lessons were conducted during  their off season to increase attendance. The curriculum covers many practical issues such ...

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  • SERVAL SUCCESS?

    Back in July we shared the story of a month old serval kitten who was rescued from  a roadside seller and brought to the LWT’s Wildlife Centre. Named Bolt, he is now five months old and not so little anymore! Although servals are typically solitary animals, we have seen an opportunity to integrate Bolt with another ...

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  • MALAWI HOSTS WILDLIFE CRIME SCENE MANAGEMENT TRAINING

    Published by Kondwani Magombo, Malawi News Agency: http://allafrica.com/stories/201610280559.html Over 30 participants from Malawi Police Service (MPS), various organizations from Zambia and Tanzania are undergoing a 5-day training on wildlife crime scene management in Lilongwe. The training started on Monday at the central region police headquarters with a facilitation team from Botswana, the US and Tanzania, according to central ...

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  • SPECIAL LONDON EVENT: NYIKA VWAZA TRUST EVENING

    Our partners, Nyika-Vwaza Trust, are hosting a talk and social evening at the Royal Overseas League in London on Wednesday 2nd November. They are fortunate to have Dan Bucknell, Executive director of TUSK Trust UK, as their speaker. TUSK is a pioneering and high profile organisation with 25 years’ experience initiating and funding conservation, community development ...

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  • TRAFFICKING UPDATE, SEPTEMBER: 14 ARRESTS, 6 CONVICTIONS

    In September, 14 individuals were arrested for wildlife trafficking, which included the confiscation of 102.6 kg of ivory, 1 lion skin, 2 leopard skins and 2 hippo teeth.  A further 6 individuals received custodial sentences, as detailed below.  Congratulations to all the law enforcement agencies involved.    Suspect’s Name Offence Seizure Case Status (30/9/16) John Sakala Sandu Kalimbo Ronald Mawele Possession of ivory ...

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  • WHEN THREE ISN’T A CROWD

    Project: Rescue and Rehabilitation Recently, the team at the Wildlife Centre received a litter of three side-striped jackals. These pups are over a month old and are absolutely adorable. Although they now look like little puppies, these animals are wild and should be kept wild in order for them to be safely released. At this point they are too ...

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  • CITES HIGHS & LOWS: CONGRATULATIONS SPECIES SURVIVAL NETWORK

    The 17th Conference of the Parties (CoP) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) ended this week in Johannesberg, South Africa.  Sadly we couldn’t make it, but instead followed the live (Whatsapp!) updates through our Species Survival Network (SSN) friends, which made us almost feel like we were a part of it. We were paying the ...

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  • 5 1/2 YEARS FOR IVORY TRAFFICKER

      The courts are continuing to take a tough line on wildlife crimes in Malawi, passing down custodial sentences with no option of a fine.  It’s also another encouraging result, for our new public-private litigation initiative (the first being the Zambia army captain last week). Mandala Chirwa, pictured, was sent to prison for 5.5 years for possession and dealing ...

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  • OLD GIRLS RESCUED

    Lolita, a female baboon, was rescued when her mother was killed 16 years ago near Blantyre. The Blantyre Zoo was closing at that time and the Lilongwe Wildlife Centre did not exist yet. So, a family in Blantyre took up the responsibility of caring for and raising the yellow baboon. Later, Mathilde, a vervet monkey, was ...

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  • ZAMBIAN ARMY CAPTAIN IMPRISONED IN MALAWI FOR WILDLIFE TRAFFICKING

    Three Zambians, including an army captain from the Zambian Defence Force (pictured right, centre) were each sentenced to 3.5 years in prison in Malawi today after they were convicted of wildlife trafficking. Captain John Sakala, 44 from Sanjangu, Mr Sandu Kalimbo, 30 years old from Kanjala, and Mr Ronald Mawale, 44 year old from Mtete were ...

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  • A MANE EVENT

    Our resident lions Simba and Bella are not getting any younger, so it’s important that we undertake regular health checks to monitor their wellbeing. We had noticed that Bella had been having some issues whilst walking, and due to her history she already has arthritic joints. Much like humans, a blood sample can tell you a ...

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  • NGANE SPEAKS OUT IN LONDON FOR MALAWI’S ELEPHANTS

    Thousands took part in the Global March for Elephants & Rhinos in 140 cities this weekend to call upon their governments to ban trade in ivory. The marches were timed to coincide with the 17th Conference of Parties (CoP17) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), currently underway in South Africa, where ...

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  • IUCN VOTES TO END DOMESTIC IVORY TRADE

    Project: Advocacy & enforcement Article re-printed from the Nyasa Times With African elephant numbers down by an estimated 30% since 2007 due to poaching, nations urged decisive action this weekend with support for a motion to close all domestic ivory markets around the world. The move came at the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Congress held in ...

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  • TRAINED TEACHERS GO BACK TO SCHOOL

    42 teachers who took part in our summer training as part of our conservation education programme went back to school this week to put their learnings into practice. LWT delivered training to primary school teachers from schools located in the border zones of Nyika National Park and the Vwaza Marsh protected areas.The training’s focus was to build ...

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  • LWT ATTENDS IUCN CONFERENCE

    LWT was thrilled to win a sponsored place to attend the IUCN World Conservation Congress this year, just 3 months after being awarded IUCN membership. Taking place every four years, this year’s conference was hosted in Hawa’ii in the US,  and was attended by over 1,200 government and NGO members as well as a further estimated 6,000 ...

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  • CAUGHT ON CAMERA: SURPRISE SPECIES

    Days can go by without seeing a single elephant according to our primate release team based in Kasungu National Park.  But work by our partners Conservation Research Africa (CRA) shows that there’s plenty out there, and Kasungu’s wild residents are just very, very good at hiding! What’s more, there have been some unexpected discoveries, including honey ...

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  • PEOPLE POWERED BY PEDALS

    LWT hit the road in January as part of a countrywide cinema roadshow focusing on elephants and the illegal ivory trade. In partnership with Stand up for Nature, LWT toured communities and schools over 6 weeks, reaching 14,000 people. With the help of the British High Commission, Electric Pedals (electricpedals.com) and Optoma (https://www.optoma.co.uk) we were able to ...

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  • BUSHBUCK RESCUE: MEET MADDIE

    Project: Rescue and Rehabilitation Maddie came to us last month, at only one week or so old. She was rescued from the bushmeat trade from Nkota Nkota, in collaboration with African Parks. Maddie was a bit dehydrated when she arrived, and was tired from the long journey. Thankfully, she has picked up quickly, having gained 3kg ...

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  • THUMBS UP FROM AFRICAN GEOGRAPHIC!

    Project: Wildlife Centre – Rescue & Research LWT’s Wildlife Centre was recently selected as one of Africa’s 10 ‘responsible’ volunteer projects, by Africa Geographic. Check out the article here Our volunteer programme is open all year round. Come and join us!    

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  • WATCH: WILDLIFE AT WORK

    Project: Rescue and Rehabilitation From a bird’s eye view of the LWT’S Wildlife Centre to what it’s really like to work with lots of wonderful wildlife – this video has it all. Take a look at videographer Stevie James Smith’s short film on life at Malawi’s only sanctuary for orphaned and injured wild animals.  

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  • TINKER’S TRIUMPH

    Project: Rescue and Rehabilitation Things have been running smoothly in Kasungu National Park lately! As most of the leaves have fallen off the trees and the long green grass has turned brown and burned, our released vervet troop is thriving. There are now three wild males who have joined the troop and use their experience to help ...

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  • USIKU’S STORY: PART 1

    Projects: Wildlife Emergency Response Unit, Wildlife Centre and Hyaena Re-introduction – Rescue & Research Project sponsors: Olsen Animal Trust. Project partners: Department of National Parks & Wildlife, Conservation Research Africa ‘Big Mama’ Malawi’s capital, Lilongwe, still boasts diverse wildlife but the remaining fragments of habitat are under immense pressure and wild animals are increasingly coming into conflict with the ...

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  • CELEBRATING WORLD RANGER DAY

    (Project: Conservation Education) On July 30th 2016 at Lilongwe Wildlife Centre, Malawi celebrated World Ranger Day for the very first time, following an initiative by LWT and DNPW. World Ranger Day celebrates frontline conservation work achieved by scouts in the field and commemorates those who have been injured or lost in the line of duty. As a ...

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  • LWT HELPS WITH ELEPHANT TRANSLOCATION

    (Project: Wildlife Emergency Response Unit – Rescue & Research) As part of efforts to better manage, protect and regenerate Malawi’s wildlife populations, African Parks are moving up to 500 elephants from Liwonde and Majete in Southern Malawi to Nkhotakhota in the North. LWT’s vet, Dr Amanda Salb, has spent the last few weeks helping with the ...

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  • BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE WILDLIFE CENTRE

    (Project: Wildlife Centre – Rescue & Research) International `news agency Al Jazeera happened to call in to LWT’s Wildlife Centre one morning last month and liked what they saw.  So they asked for more coffee, a chat and a peak behind the scenes. You can read the full article here and see the photos below.   The Lilongwe Wildlife ...

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  • IN COURT: SUCCESSES & DISAPPOINTMENTS

    Project: Anti-trafficking initiatives, Illegal Wildlife Trade UPDATE: 31 ARRESTS AND 127.82KG SEIZED IVORY IN FIRST 3 MONTHS – 1ST AUGUST The Wildlife Crime Investigations Unit (WCIU), is already reaping results, making 31 arrests, and confiscating 127.82Kg  of ivory since its launch in April: http://www.lilongwewildlife.org/2016/03/15/new-wildlife-crime-investigations-unit-malawi/ Community Enforcement Networks (CEN’s, also known as community scout systems here in Malawi)  have also ...

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  • THE AWESOME NYIKA

    (Project: PEEP – Conservation Education) Our education programme is in full swing in the North of Malawi, thanks to 3 years of funding pledged from the Nyika-Vwaza Trust (UK).  We’ll share an update on the project soon, but in the meantime here’s just a few reasons why we are working around there, inspiring learners and ...

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  • MALAWI NAMED LEADING TRANSIT HUB TO ASIA

    (Project: Stop Wildlife Crime Campaign – Illegal Wildlife Trade) Malawi is one of the leading transit hubs in Africa for outwards shipping to Asia, a report by the wildlife trade monitoring network, Traffic, has said. The report has been prepared ahead of the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) scheduled to take place in Africa this ...

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  • SERVAL KITTEN RESCUE

    (Project: Wildlife Centre – Rescue & Research) This serval kitten was rescued from a roadside seller in Blantyre (South Malawi) by our partners, African Parks, last week, who sent him straight up to our team at LWT’s Wildlife Centre. He was understandably jumpy and dehydrated but otherwise in excellent health, estimated to be a month old and ...

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  • LAWI & LULU PERFORM FOR WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY

    (Project: Conservation Education/LEEP) 4,364 school children from 86 schools took part in LWT’s Wildlife Centre education programme in June, including the celebrations for UNEP World Environment Day, the theme of which this year was ‘zero tolerance for illegal wildlife trade’. School groups came prepared with songs, dances and poems to perform in front of each other, and they were ...

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  • THANK YOU OLSEN ANIMAL TRUST!

    (Project: Wildlife Centre – Rescue & research) Thanks to a very generous donation from OAT, we’ve given our lion enclosure and aviary at Lilongwe Widlife Centre some substantial upgrades. Fewer pesky flies, more shade and bigger pools to drink from and play with for Bella and Simba, and more shelter, water, perches and room to fly ...

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  • PET BABOON SURRENDERED

    This young yellow baboon joined us last week after being surrendered by a man who had been keeping her as a pet. He had kept her for the last couple of years, but she was becoming too much to handle – which is often the case when people try to raise wild animals. Our rescue ...

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  • GRYSBOK RELEASE: BYE BYE BRUNO!

    Last week we said a happy goodbye to Bruno the grysbok, as we took him to his new wild home at Kuti Wildlife Reserve! Bruno arrived at LWC in September, coming all too close to the prevalent bushmeat trade. Our team have been working on his rehabilitation since then, and last week transported him to ...

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  • EMERGENCY SERVAL RESCUE

    Last night Lilongwe Wildlife Trust and Carnivore Research Malawi responded to a call reporting a wild animal in a storm drain right here in the city. Upon arrival we found a serval cat, severely injured and traumatised after being attacked by multiple dogs. Working in the pitch black with quite a crowd gathering, our vet, Dr ...

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  • BABY ELEPHANT DE-SNARED

    Lilongwe Wildlife Trust’s Wildlife Emergency Response Unit were called out by the team at Liwonde National Park to help a baby elephant who had been spotted with a snare around its leg. Our vet Dr Amanda Salb darted him from a helicopter (she is an awesome shot!) before moving in to remove the snare and treat ...

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  • LEARN SOMETHING WILD!

    Do you like wild animals and want to know more about them? Are you longing to visit one of Africa’s friendliest and safest countries? Do you want to have a meaningful and educational experience with wildlife? Why not satisfy all of these urges and join us at Malawi’s only accredited wildlife sanctuary for our brand ...

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  • SIMBA GETS A ONCE OVER

    Our trusty volunteers and vet externs recently had the opportunity to lend a helping hand to our vet during a health check on our resident male lion, Simba. Simba was anaesthetised and underwent a routine assessment of his body condition including a weight check. A blood sample was also taken from him, in order to ...

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  • LWT granted IUCN membership

    We’re thrilled to announce that Lilongwe Wildlife Trust has been granted membership of IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature).  The new accolade not only reflects our commitment to conservation but also a big vote of confidence for LWT from one of the world’s leading conservation bodies.   Our application had to be submitted by ...

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  • ‘SPOT ON’ IVORY BURN COVERAGE FROM THE DAILY TIMES

    The Daily Times dedicated page 3 and their editorial comment to the ivory stockpile issues yesterday, coming down firmly on the side of burning with a clear, factual message to their readers: that it is entirely impossible to sell this ivory.  Please see the editorial comment below and click on the links below for further ...

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  • UPGRADE FOR YELLOW BABOON ENCLOSURE

    Our sanctuary, Lilongwe Wildlife Centre, rescues and rehabilitates all kinds of wildlife in Malawi that have become victim of the illegal wildlife trade. Over the last few years we have experienced an increase in the amount of yellow baboons needing our care, so we would like to improve their enclosure to give them a better ...

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  • NEW NYIKA-VWAZA ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION

    Our team recently took a trip up to the Northern region of Malawi, where we have a brand new office and will be focussing on delivering environmental education to communities around Nyika National Park and Vwaza Marsh Wildlife Reserve, in partnership with the Nyika-Vwaza Trust UK. Due to the diversity of Malawi’s landscapes and habitats, each ...

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  • MALAWI’S IVORY BURN DEBATE RE-IGNITED

    As Kenya set light to 105 tonnes of ivory this weekend, Malawi’s civil society organisations revived local debate on the fate of their country’s ivory stockpiles. Malawi’s government currently holds around 4.1 tonnes of ivory in its stockpiles, almost all of which has been seized from wildlife criminals. Its destruction was originally scheduled for April 2015 ...

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  • KARMA CHAMELEON

    This chameleon must have had some good karma coming his way… He was dropped into us by our partners, African Bat Conservation, just last week. They found him on the road surrounded by children – concerned for his welfare the ABC team picked him up and took him back to camp. Upon closer inspection it ...

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  • HELPING TO REDUCE HUMAN-HYAENA CONFLICT

    In an effort to reduce human-hyaena conflict, LWT’s Wildlife Emergency Response Unit (WERU) last week helped Carnivore Research Malawi to collar a spotted hyaena at Bunda, just outside Lilongwe. After getting reports from Bunda or regular sightings, the CRM team saw an opportunity to instigate their urban work in a further location, still close to the ...

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  • President Mutharika launches video clip against poaching and illegal wildlife trade

    Published on Mana Online on 15th April 2016 Written by Kondwani Magombo Lilongwe, April 15, 2016: President Professor Peter Mutharika has stressed that his government will prioritize protection of wildlife and that it will ensure the country’s natural resources are not plundered for the profit of the few. Mutharika said this on Thursday at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe ...

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  • Mutharika speaks against wildlife crime: Action needed, diplomats to Malawi urge

    Published online at Nyasa Times on 15th April 2016. Protection of wildlife and nature is a core function that supports economic growth through opportunities found in key sectors that survive on biodiversity, says President Arthur Peter Mutharika. He was speaking on Thursday at Kamuzu Palace when he launched a video on poaching and illegal wildlife trade. “I believe that ...

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  • MALAWI PRESIDENT FRONTS STOP WILDLIFE CRIME FILM

    Malawi again indicated its strong resolve to combat illegal wildlife trade today, with the launch of a short film in support of the nation’s campaign to ‘Stop Wildlife Crime’. In the film, President H.E. Prof Arthur Peter Mutharika leads fifteen foreign Ambassadors, High Commissioners and Honorary Consuls to tell citizens, residents and visitors to Malawi that ...

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  • PRIMATE RELEASE UPDATE: Into The Wild…

    The latest update from our Primate Release Manager, Amanda Harwood, on the 2016 vervet release in Kasungu National Park: This year’s vervet release is now officially underway! After two weeks of acclimating to their new environment inside a release enclosure, our troop of 22 vervet monkeys were let out of their final enclosure and into their ...

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  • Kezi the Supermom

    By Alma van Dorenmalen Kezi a female yellow baboon arrived at the centre in 2012 when she was approximately 6 months old. She was confiscated after being sold on the road side. The illegal pet trade is common in Malawi and Lilongwe Wildlife Centre often receives animals that have been taken from their mothers in the ...

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  • STIFFER PENALTIES FOR MALAWI’S WILDLIFE CRIMINALS BY JULY

    Published on allafrica.com Authorities have indicated that wildlife criminals can expect stiffer penalties from July onwards, thanks to progress made on the amendment bill for the National Parks & Wildlife Act (NPWA). Legislation was highlighted as a key weakness in combatting wildlife crime by Malawi’s Illegal Wildlife Trade Review published in May 2015, and whilst a full ...

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  • WILDLIFE REHAB COURSE IN FULL SWING

    Our March Wildlife Rehabilitation course is officially in full swing! It began this week and participants have been learning all about the rehabilitation of wild animals through both lectures and practicals based at our sanctuary. They have been getting to grips with intake procedures, orphan care, animal capture, health checks, faecal pathogens and there’s still ...

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  • EDUCATIONAL GAMES FOR SCHOOL KIDS

    Our education team visit schools around Lilongwe every week to teach them about wildlife and the environment with the aim of inspiring them to care about and protect their natural heritage. And, whilst the children find the lessons fascinating, it’s the educational games that really get the schools kids learning and having fun! Education & Outreach ...

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  • PRIMATE RELEASE UPDATE: AT THE RELEASE SITE

    Our release troop of vervet monkeys have been in Kasungu NP for the past couple of weeks getting a taste for their new environment, all from the safety of their on-site release enclosure. They were quite clearly ecstatic to be reunited with their peers after the long journey from Lilongwe Wildlife Centre and have settled ...

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  • LAWI SUPPORTS IVORY BURNING

    Originally published in The Nation (MW) newspaper on 16th march 2016. Written by Yvonnie Sundu   Award winning musician, Lawi, says he supports Malawi’s move to burn 2.9 tons of ivory smuggled from Tanzania. Justifying his comments on the matter, Lawi said music and culture go together. “Music, culture and wildlife have a very strong connection. You remember as kids, ...

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  • DAILY TIMES SAYS NO TO SELLING IVORY

    Great to see the Editor of the Daily Times (Malawi) speak out against the selling of Malawi’s ivory in yesterday’s editorial comment section. Malawi Government yesterday burnt 781 pieces of ivory following a High Court order in Mzuzu made on March 2 2016. The pieces came from elephants from Tanzania and Mozambique according to Director of ...

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  • UK GRANTS K310 MILLION FOR WILDLIFE CRIME INVESTIGATION

    A specialized Wildlife Crime Investigations Unit is being introduced in Malawi, thanks to funding from the British Government. Read the Daily Times coverage below, the British High Commission press release here and read the LWT/IFAW joint press release here.  Photo from left to right: H.E. Michael Nevin, British High Commissioner, Chiza Manda, Deputy Director, DNPW and Jonny ...

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  • MZUZU IVORY BURN: WHAT’S THE STORY?

    LWT witnessed the destruction of 2.6 tonnes of ivory today – that’s equivalent to around 390 poached elephants.  This came about as a result of a court order from the Mzuzu case, and is not the hotly debated disposal of the 4+ tonne Government stockpile.  Confused?  Here’s some clarification: What is ‘the Mzuzu case’? In 2013, two ...

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  • WORLD WILDLIFE DAY PANEL DISCUSSION

    In honour of World Wildlife Day, a panel discussion was hosted by the Malawi Parliamentary Conservation Caucus. The panel of experts discussed the wildlife and environmental issues affecting Malawi and how to move forward to improve the future of Malawi. Participants MPCC co-chairs (Hon Chilenga, Hon Major, Hon Nkungula) Government representative: Mr Brighton Kumchedwa, DNPW Director Happy Mkandawire, Director ...

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  • FLOWERS OF THANKS FOR LWC EDUCATION TEAM

    This week our education team were thrilled to see just how much some of the learners appreciate their work! A letter of thanks along with the most beautiful flowers were delivered to our team from a school who came here to learn about environmental education at Lilongwe Wildlife Centre. Their visit must have had a big ...

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  • AMBASSADORS TO MALAWI JOIN STOP WILDLIFE CRIME CAMPAIGN

    In commemoration of World Wildlife Day 2016, H.E. Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika, President of the Republic of Malawi, and 14 Ambassadors, High Commissioners and Honorary Consuls have pledged their support for the Stop Wildlife Crime campaign, which is a joint initiative between the Government of Malawi and the Lilongwe Wildlife Trust. They have joined together ...

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  • HIGH COURT OKAYS GOVERNMENT TO BURN TZ IVORY

    Originally published in The Nation newspaper on 3rd March 2016. Written by George Singini. The High Court in Mzuzu has given the Malawi Government a go ahead to burn 781 pieces of ivory which Tanzania wanted to use in a criminal case against its nationals. The order comes after Tanzania failed to make an application to extend ...

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  • PRESIDENT MUTHARIKA BACKS MALAWI’S STOP WILDLIFE CRIME CAMPAIGN

    Published on Africa Geographic and AllAfrica.com. See local coverage in the Nation and Daily Times newspapers here and the UN reaction here.  See photos of the ambassadors and high commissioners here. In honour of World Wildlife Day, H.E. Prof Arthur Peter Mutharika, President of the Republic of Malawi, pledged his support for the nation’s Stop Wildlife Crime campaign, ...

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  • BUMPER WWD COVERAGE FOR STOP WILDLIFE CRIME CAMPAIGN

    We’re chuffed today as we’ve managed to score double page spreads in both the national newspapers today ahead of World Wildlife Day. Check out the Daily Times article below, and read the Nation’s article here.   MALAWI CAMPAIGNS TO STOP WILDLIFE CRIME Published in The Daily Times on 2nd March 2016 The theme for this year’s World Wildlife Day ...

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  • UN Praises Malawi’s Stop Wildlife Crime Campaign

    A statement from the UN in Malawi The government of Malawi and the diplomatic community have been supporting the fight against illegal wildlife trade through the ‘Stop Wildlife Crime’ Campaign, a joint initiative between the Department of National Parks & Wildlife and the Lilongwe Wildlife Trust.  This campaign is a welcome development, as it raises awareness ...

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  • VERVET MONKEYS ON THEIR WAY TO FREEDOM

    It’s been a big day for us today as a troop of 18 vervet monkeys, all rescued from the illegal wildlife trade, have been transported to one of Malawi’s biggest National Parks to be released back into the wild. Through our careful rehabilitation programme we have made sure that they have the necessary skills and social behaviours to form ...

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  • FORAGING FOR FOOD

    We have been giving our baboon best buds, Chuck and Haggis, lots of enrichment while they remain in our quarantine area, and this week we have been hiding bits of food in buckets of sand. This sort of enrichment encourages natural behaviours like foraging and also can be stimulating for them with different textures to ...

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  • TREE PLANTING SEASON IS UPON US!

    LWT has an afforestation programme where we plants trees in and around Lilongwe every year, in an attempt to mitigate effects of climate change in Malawi through restoration of the natural habitats. The trees are planted in schools through wildlife clubs and surrounding communities by People and Wildlife Clubs (PAW clubs) and Youth groups.  Through the ...

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  • COUNTDOWN TO VERVET RELEASE!

    Our potential release troop of vervet monkeys have now been observed since April and over the last couple of months our Primate Release Manager, Amanda Harwood, has been getting to know her new release troop since finishing up with the 2015 released baboons. THE TROOP The troop of 23 vervet monkeys are proving to be a tight ...

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  • NEW INTAKE: TROY THE BABOON

    Meet Troy, our first rescue of 2016. He was being sold, most likely for meat, after being kept as a pet for a year when his troop were chased out of a village and he was left behind. He had been kept tied to a tree with a rope around his neck and under his ...

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  • LWC is Accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS)

    Lilongwe Wildlife Trust (LWT) is delighted to announce that our sanctuary in Malawi, Lilongwe Wildlife Centre, has been accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS). Read the full press release below. (Washington DC) – The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries, the only globally recognized organization providing standards to identify legitimate animal sanctuaries and wildlife ...

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  • AFFE IN SAFE HANDS

    Here’s one of the Wildlife Centre’s recent intakes, Affe, which is German for monkey. Naming rights were passed on to the German volunteer, currently working at our partner project, Kuti, who helped to rescue him. Some village children were playing with Affe on a piece of string and they were actually very willing to hand ...

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  • NZERU FIT & WELL

    Today our side-striped jackal, Nzeru, had her health check and was transferred from quarantine into her new natural enclosure. The results so far all look good and she’ll no doubt enjoy roaming about in her new natural enclosure whilst she waits to be released in the coming months.

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  • China Supports Malawi’s ‘Stop Wildlife Crime’ Campaign

    Originally published in National Geographic Voices on 23rd December 2015 By H.E. Zhang Qingyang, Chinese Ambassador to the Republic of Malawi The Chinese government has regarded ecological civilization as an important pillar for national development. We have attached great importance to the protection of iconic species such as the elephant, which is at risk of extinction as a ...

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  • Baboon Rescue: Meet Chuck!

    This little baboon was rescued from a roadside seller near Cape Maclear by a kindly lodge manager who drove him all the way up to us in Lilongwe. He came in dehydrated but alert, curious, and very vocal. This little guy is only 3-4 weeks old, and in the wild would always be attached to ...

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  • JACKAL UPDATE

    Our jackal cub, Nzeru, arrived here a little while ago very weak and sheepish, but we are pleased to say that she is now doing very well! As you can see from the photo she’s growing lots and getting very curious, so we are prepping a new outdoor enclosure for her full of hiding places ...

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  • DOUBLE RESCUE: VERVET AND BLUE MONKEY

    These two were rescued from a seller nearby in Lilongwe. We confiscated them both, a blue monkey and a vervet monkey both estimated to be around three months old, and brought them back to our sanctuary for some much needed care and treatment. Both were extremely malnourished due to lack of care and poor diet ...

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  • NEW ARRIVAL: SERVAL KITTEN

    Meet our newest recruit, a little serval kitten! He was confiscated by a local man from some children in a village who were taunting it, and brought to us. We don’t know exactly what had happened to him before that, but he was most likely taken away from his mother in the wild and destined ...

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  • CHINA PLEDGES TO HELP PROTECT MALAWI’S WILDLIFE

    Published in The Nation newspaper on 23rd November 2015 In a move that demonstrates China’s increasing commitment to support wildlife conservation initiatives in Africa, the Chinese Embassy in Malawi has joined the country’s ‘Stop Wildlife Crime’ campaign.  The commitment came at a wildlife awareness workshop in Lilongwe that was attended by over 70 leading Chinese businessmen ...

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  • NEW ARRIVAL: MONKEY FROM MONKEY BAY

    This poor little vervet monkey has had a very rough start to life with his mother being killed for bushmeat. Fortunately, he was taken pity on and brought to a woman nearby in Monkey Bay. With advice from us the woman took very good care of him while transport was arranged to get him to ...

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  • NEW ARRIVAL: BABY BABOON

    We’ve had a busy 24hrs with this little fella being handed to us just yesterday. He was picked up in Blantyre, possibly a victim of the pet trade, and then brought to us for our team to work their magic. He’s been given a once over and although dehydrated and malnourished, he’s bright, alert and ...

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  • Malawi declares war on game poacher, wildlife illegal dealers

    Originally published in Nyasa Times on 9th November 2015   Malawi Government says it has hired 100 people in the ministry of Wildlife and Natural Resources to boost its personnel in the war against illegal game poaching and wildlife destruction. Director of Wildlife Brighton Kunchedwa said some of the newly recruited staff will now be manning points of ...

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  • SNARED WATERBUCK RECEIVES TREATMENT

    Elephants and rhinos are not the only ones to suffer from snare injuries. This time our WERU team responded to a report of a waterbuck in a nearby wildlife reserve, in obvious pain and discomfort from a deep snare that made it difficult for him to move around. Project vet, Dr Amanda Salb, was able to ...

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  • SPROG’S STORY

    Sprog has been with us for a month now and has been improving to no end! He has 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 ...

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  • SIDE-STRIPED JACKAL

    This little jackal was seen in the gardens of State House, in a pipe and looking very sheepish and weak. State House guards called the Department of National Parks & Wildlife (DNPW), who brought her straight to us. Though very fragile when she came in, we have been feeding her a variety of foods to ...

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  • USIKU IS GROWING UP QUICKLY…

    …and we want to find him a home! Please share! Usiku has been with us for six whole months and we’re busy looking into options for his imminent future. We want to find Usiku the best possible place, ideally somewhere that he will be able to live happily with other hyaenas in a safe area. In order ...

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  • ELEPHANT DE-SNARED IN LIWONDE NP

    Work certainly doesn’t stop here at the weekends, and on Sunday our WERU vet Amanda travelled down to Liwonde NP to help tend to an elephant with a snare around its foot. The team were able to successfully dart the animal in need away from the rest of the group and got to work on ...

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  • Malawi inspires UK’s animal campaigners

    Originally published in The Nation Online on October 12, 2015 Written by Lucky Mkandawire   Thousands of animal welfare campaigners took to the streets in various cities around the world last week asking governments to take necessary action to stop illegal wildlife trade which is increasingly threatening elephants and rhinos, among other animals, with extinction.   One of the biggest ...

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  • Bella has an implant fitted

    Our favourite lioness went under brief anaesthesia this week where she was fitted with a new contraceptive implant – though Bella and Simba are very close we don’t want them getting too close for the moment in an effort to avoid any pressure on both lions’ aging arthritic joints. We also took this opportunity to ...

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  • POSTER COMPETITION WINNERS ANNOUNCED: ‘Protect Malawi’s Wildlife’, ‘Titeteze chilengedwe chathu’

    In the lead up to the World Wildlife Day celebrations we issued a worldwide poster competition in which participants were asked to put pen to paper and create A4 posters using the phrase ‘Protect Malawi’s Wildlife’ or ‘Titeteze chilengedwe chathu’. The aim of the competition was to spread awareness of the issues put forward by ...

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  • Adult Literacy Classes Reintroduced

    Last week we initiated our adult literacy classes in the nearby town of Msampha, where we had a very successful project last year producing many graduates. Initial sign up for the classes have been great and attendance is looking very promising! Our adult literacy “Learning through Wildlife” programme helps people who have been disadvantaged as a result ...

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  • RESCUED FROM THE ROADSIDE

    Meet Sprog. He was seen being sold by the side of the road a couple of weeks ago and was picked up by a local resident who brought him to us. Poor little Sprog was extremely dehydrated and malnourished so was much smaller than he should have been for his age (around 6 weeks) and ...

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  • MALAWI GETS TOUGH ON WILDLIFE CRIME AT HOME AND ABROAD

    Photo by Kim Haughton courtesy UN

    Originally published by Environment News Service on 1st October 2015 Written by Charles Mkoka Malawian stakeholders from government and non-governmental organizations alike gathered Monday to focus on forestry and wildlife governance, especially the increasing cases of illegal hardwood exports and ivory trafficking that continue to surge. With more than 50 participants, the September 28 meeting was funded and ...

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  • LWT ORGANISES WILDLIFE & FORESTRY GOVERNMENCE CONFERENCE

    The Conference on Wildlife and Forestry Governance was organised by LWT and CEPA and funded by UNDP and the ICCF Group. It was attended by 50+ representatives from the Malawi Parliamentary Conservation Caucus, development partners, CSO’s and the Departments of Wildlife, Forestry, Energy, Environmental Affairs and Foreign Affairs. This forum addressed forestry and wildlife governance issues ...

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  • NEW CONSERVATION CAUCUS BACKS DESTRUCTION OF MALAWI’S IVORY STOCKPILES

    The newly formed Malawi Parliamentary Conservation Caucus has vowed to back Malawi’s efforts to combat the illegal wildlife trade, including support for the destruction of ivory stockpiles. In a media address following the Conference on Wildlife and Forestry Governance on Monday, Hon Alex Major, MP for Kasungu West and co-chair of the Malawi Parliamentary Conservation Caucus, ...

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  • To burn or not to burn: controversy of Malawi ivory  

    PUBLISHED IN THE NATION NEWSPAPER, 24 SEPTEMBER 2015 http://mwnation.com/to-burn-or-not-to-burn-controversy-of-malawi-ivory/ President Peter Mutharika’s intention to destroy the country’s $7.5 million (K4.5 billion) worth of ivory stockpile has opened a barrage of counterarguments, but the burning issue is not ‘why not just sell the contraband for the good of the ailing economy?’ Rather, ask: Where will the government vend ...

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  • OVER 80,000 SIGNATURES FOR PETITION TO STRENGTHEN MALAWI WILDLIFE ACT

    An online petition calling for harsher sentences for wildlife crimes in Malawi has racked up an amazing 81,000 signatures…and counting! The petition was initiated off the back of a disappointing sentence for two brothers in Mzuzu who were given a mere $5500 fine for smuggling two and a half tons of elephant tusks. If you’d like to ...

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  • ANOTHER IVORY BURN POSTPONED

    A joint press release from Department of National Parks & Wildlife and Lilongwe Wildlife Trust: 19th September 2015. The planned destruction of 2.6 tonnes of ivory was blocked yesterday by Tanzanian authorities who argued the tusks were needed as evidence for prosecution of suspected poachers. The ivory in question had been seized by Malawi Revenue Authority in ...

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  • TEAMWORK SAVES BABY ELE ‘THOMAS’

    When a baby elephant was spotted with a poacher’s snare around its leg in Thuma Forest Reserve last week it was all systems go to mobilise the troops. Scouts from Wildlife Action Group Malawi (WAG) patrol 24/7 to protect the elephants of Thuma Forest Reserve and they called in our Wildlife Emergency Response Unit who in ...

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  • GRYSBOK RESCUE

    We were recently handed this poor little grysbok that was saved from the bushmeat trade. A big thank you to the members of WESM (Wildlife & Environment Society of Malawi) who spotted the intended sale, confiscated the poor animal and referred it to us for care – a real team effort! Despite the trauma he ...

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  • Release on the horizon…

    This years primate release assessment is well underway and we have currently been collecting data for 12 weeks. Preparations and assessments of suitable candidates for the Centres 5th primate release began early this year and in April a troop of 20 vervet monkeys of various ages and backgrounds were translocated into the pre-release enclosure here ...

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  • Lucky Little Owl

    This tiny African scops owl was brought in recently from Mchinji by a few people very concerned about its welfare. They had spotted it on the ground being bothered by dogs in the middle of the day. Not knowing what to do they kept an close eye on it before deciding the best thing was ...

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  • BLOG: A new Future? Wildlife & Naturopathy

    A blog on Wildlife & Naturopathy written by our Rehabiliation Coordinator, Alma van Dorenmalen: Introduction Due to many reasons like loss of habitat, decreasing prey densities, illegal poaching and the increasing illegal wildlife and pet trade, wildlife is facing more risks these days. Wildlife rehabilitation centres have their hands full taking care of sick, injured and orphaned ...

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  • Briquette presser donated to local school

    Chiwoko School is regularly visited by our education team and taught about the sustainable alternatives to everyday practices that can benefit the environment of Malawi. It obviously made an impact as they were regularly making fuel briquettes, a sustainable alternative to charcoal and firewood, and were doing it so well that we decided to donate ...

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  • Rhino calf snare injury treated

    The rhino calf born in Liwonde just a few months ago was recently seen with a snare around its foot so our WERU vet, Amanda, responded immediately and ventured down last week to help. As calf was alongside its mother, Namatunu, it took some time until the opportune moment to dart the mother arose, but ...

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  • Mixed reactions on ivory case sentence

    Published in The Daily Times, Malawi on Monday August 10th 2015 Written by Charles Mkoka There are mixed reactions following the recent High Court ruling on illegal ivory trafficking case involving Patrick and Chauncy Kaunda. The two brothers pleaded guilty to charges of illegal possession of specimens of endangered species under the National Parks and Wildlife Act. It has ...

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  • Malawi gets ‘serious’ about wildlife crime

    Published on Environmental News Service on Sunday 9th August 2015 Written by Charles Mkoka The harshest sentences ever handed down for wildlife crimes in Malawi are still too light, said the chairman of the newly formed Malawi Parliamentary Conservation Caucus at the MPCC’s launch ceremony August 3 in Lilongwe. Two brothers were each fined MK2.5 million (US$5,500) for trafficking ...

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  • VOLUNTEERS & ELEPHANTS KEEP OUR PRIMATE RELEASE TEAM COMPANY

    An update from our Primate Release Project Manager, Amanda, including more volunteers, elephants galore and black rock sundowners!   July has been filled with lots of visitors, both human and animal! We’ve had another few volunteer field assistants, who after volunteering at LWC for a few weeks, decided to try their skills out here in the bush. It’s continued to ...

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  • BAMBINO SCHOOL PERFORM FOR THE PRESIDENT

    Congratulations to the children of Bambino School – Tamandani Mgoli Mwale, Jacqueline Hara, Pemphero Phiri and Malumbo Luhanga – for their fabulous performance at the launch of the Malawi Parliamentary Conservation Caucus.  Theirs was the opening act!  Also thanks to the hard work of the teachers, Andrew Mkolongo and Peter Dzinkambani. The ceremony was held at Parliament ...

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  • LWT ASSISTS WITH THE LAUNCH OF THE MPCC

    On Monday 3rd August 2015, the Malawi Parliamentary Conservation Caucus (MPCC) was officially launched by His Excellency, Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika, President of Malawi.  Lilongwe Wildlife Trust sat on the organising committee for the launch and subsequent conference, and we were honoured to be included in this historic occasion. WHAT IS THE MPCC? The Malawi Parliamentary Conservation ...

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  • Further treatment for de-snared elephant

    Last September our WERU vet, Amanda, removed a snare from an elephant’s right front leg in Liwonde National Park. However, recently the de-snared elephant had been seen throwing dust on the leg and bathing it, indicating the injury from the snare is still causing him some upset. This can happen sometimes, where the snare causes ...

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  • APM Vows To Fight Wildlife Crime

    Published in The Nation newspaper on 4th August 2015 Written by Jacob Nankhonya   President Peter Mutharika has vowed to fight against any person found perpetrating actions that contradict with conservation of wildlife and natural resources in Malawi. Speaking during the launch of the Malawi Parliamentary Conservation Caucus in Lilongwe yesterday, the President said his commitment will help stop ...

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  • Court Orders Burning of K4.5bn ivory

    Published in The Daily Time Malawi on Friday 31st July 2015 Written by MacDonald Thom   The High Court in Mzuzu on Tuesday ordered the burning of 781 pieces of ivory which two brothers in Rumphi were keeping. The brothers, Patrick and Chancy Kaunda, on 30th April pleaded guilty to charges of ivory trade and money laundering and were ...

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  • Brothers Fined K5m Over Ivory Trade, Money Laundering

    Published in The Nation newspaper on 31st July 2016 Written by George Singini   Two brothers will pay K5 million ($10,000) between then or in default serve seven years in prison for being caught with 2.6 tonnes of ivory which compelled President Peter Mutharika to postpone the burning of a $7.5 million (about K3.8 billion) stash in April. The ...

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  • The Fall and Rise of the King

    Eyebrows was rightfully named so due to his appearance of drawn on eyebrows in his early photo-ID photos. It wasn’t long however till his name was expanded to Eyebrows-the-King as he behaves as if he is reigning over the troop. We noticed back in March that most individuals were scared of Eyebrows and this was ...

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  • African Parks Takes On Liwonde & Nkhotakota

    The Malawian Government has officially joined forces with African Parks to run the management of both Liwonde National Park and Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve in Malawi in a bid to ensure their smooth running. At yesterday’s ceremony, the agreement was signed by both parties to manage the two areas for the next 20 years, of which ...

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  • VERVET HEALING POWERS

    When this study first started it was the middle of dispersal season. This meant that male vervets were leaving their old or native troops to look for better mating opportunities. For our study troop in particular five individuals left and four joined. During this time there was a lot of unrest between native troop members, especially ...

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  • Malawi-Zambia Wildlife Treaty Signed

    Taken from Peace Parks Foundation Newsflash July 2015 Treaty establishing the Malawi-Zambia Transfrontier Conservation Area (TFCA) signed Marking another major step in southern Africa’s transfrontier conservation development, His Excellency the President of the Republic of Malawi, Prof Arthur Peter Mutharika, and His Excellency the President of the Republic of Zambia, Mr Edgar Chagwa Lungu on 7 July ...

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  • Monkey and the Menu

    Three months have gone by now since we started following the urban vervets around Lilongwe and a lot has changed. We started tracking and habituating them back in March, the rains in the region had just recently ended and the city was still lush. Luckily for them, this meant that there was a surplus of ...

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  • Volunteers in the field

    An update from our Primate Release Project Manager, Amanda, including how the projects firsts volunteers have got on!   June has come and brought with it the Dry Season here in Kasungu National Park. All the lush, green, waist-high grass has quickly turned brown and brittle, making our yellow baboons blend in all the more with their surroundings. ...

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  • Wildlife Vet Experience: in full

    Our June course wrapped up this week, and what a week it was! The 8 day intensive course was let by our WERU vet, Dr. Amanda Salb, who took all six participants through a journey of what it’s like to be a wildlife vet here in Malawi, teaching them her valuable expertise along the way. Participants ...

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  • Sad news of Bohannon

    Sadly we have to share with you news that our beloved baboon Bohannon has passed away. Bo arrived at the centre last September after having a terrible start to life. He was found being kicked around in the street by some kids and was severely traumatised. Since then, with lots of comfort and eventually the introduction ...

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  • Finding a home for a hyaena cub

    LILONGWE WILDLIFE CENTRE NEWS: The dominant female of our release clan of hyenas gave us all a shock when she gave birth to a cub shortly before the clan went down to Liwonde National Park. Sadly, he was rejected by his mother so our team of staff and volunteers have been taking care of him ...

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  • Snared Urban Hyaena

    Since one of the urban hyaenas was collared the team at Carnivore Research Malawi have been tracking their whereabouts around the city. During this time one of the juvenile clan members had been seen with a snare caught around its neck. So, they called upon our WERU vet, Amanda, who helped to capture the hyaena ...

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  • World Environment Day Celebrations

    ‘Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume With Care.’ This was the slogan for today’s ‪World Environment Day‬ behind a theme of ‘Sustainable Consumption and Production.’ Here in Malawi, we celebrated with an event at our wildlife centre bringing in five schools to perform plays, dances, songs and poems, all about ways in which we can reduce ...

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  • Vervet Monkey Rescue

    Meet Poppet, our latest vervet monkey rescue! Last week we had a call from a local resident reporting a small monkey showing up at their house trying to enter and steal food. Being young, female, unafriad and alone she is likely to have been an ex-pet. WERU and LWC staff swiftly went to the area and ...

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  • 2015 Elephant Census Shows Worrying Decline

    The government of Tanzania have this week revealed that their elephant populations have declined by a staggering 60% in the last five years. As much as 85,000 elephants are likely to have been killed in Tanzania during this period, largely directly related to the rampant supply and demand of the illegal ivory trade. In the ...

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  • WE THOUGHT THEY’D NEVER LEAVE…

    LILONGWE WILDLIFE CENTRE NEWS: It was a sad day today as we said goodbye to three of our long term volunteers. Katie, Rhianna and Natasha have been an integral part of the centre for almost 5 months now! They had such a great time that they extended, then extended again, then extended AGAIN, but it was ...

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  • YOUNG DUIKER’S TWIST OF FATE

    LILONGWE WILDLIFE CENTRE NEWS: This young duiker, Arne, was handed over to us this week by a concerned household. Their guard had brought him in to their garden to then sell on as meat and upon discovering this the residents immediately took action and brought him to us to look after. They have since spoken to ...

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  • Integrating Aruby

    LILONGWE WILDLIFE CENTRE NEWS: From our Integration & Rehabilitation Co-Ordinator, Alma van Dorenmalen This is four year old yellow baboon Aruby who was kept as a pet for many years. The previous owner rescued her when she was raiding crops in a maize field and farmers started to chase her. They said they wanted to kill her ...

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  • The low-down on our Bee Keeping project

    Interview with Nebart Mtika, Environmental Education Supervisor at LWT, about our bee keeping project. How did the bee keeping project come about? Our bee keeping project started in June 2014, developed as one of the solutions to the environmental challenges we are facing, that in turn helps the local communities by generating income. It also aims to teach ...

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  • Hyaenas in Transit report

    Carnivore Research Malawi have published a full report on the Hyaena Translocation Project. SUMMARY A collaborative project between Carnivore Research Malawi (CRM) and the Lilongwe Wildlife Trust (LWT) resulted in the successful capture of four spotted hyaenas’ (Crocuta crocuta) between July 2014 and December 2014 from Lilongwe City, the capital of Malawi. The animals were captured and ...

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  • Handsome new baboon

    LILONGWE WILDLIFE CENTRE NEWS: Responding to a call from a concerned citizen, yesterday our WERU vet Amanda travelled to Mchinji to pick up a yellow baboon that was destined for the pet trade and take him back to our rescue centre. Fortunately, he seems very bright and alert and is currently settling into his temporary home ...

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  • Resident hyaena collared in Liwonde

    Last week our WERU vet Amanda helped to capture and collar one of the resident wild hyaenas in Liwonde National Park. The procedure went super smoothly and now gives the team at Carnivore Research Malawi, who are tracking the recently released urban hyaena clan, even more to observe as they try to find out more about ...

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  • MALAWI LAUNCHES ILLEGAL WILDLIFE TRADE ASSESSMENT

    Press release: Wednesday 13th May 2015   Malawi reached another milestone in its fight against wildlife crime today with the launch of a technical review on illegal wildlife trade. The report was produced on behalf of Department of National Parks & Wildlife by GIZ (as part of the German Cooperation Programme), Lilongwe Wildlife Trust, the Born Free Foundation and the International Environmental Law Project, and ...

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  • RESCUED AND RECUPERATED SQUIRREL

    LILONGWE WILDLIFE CENTRE NEWS: No animal is too small for our first class care here at LWC. For the last few weeks we have been nursing this young squirrel that was brought in from Kandy beach where someone was attempting to sell it. It was severely dehydrated so our team set to work with fluids and ...

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  • Malawi ivory case: Sentencing set for June 16

    Published in The Nation online on 7th May 2015 Written by George Singini   The High Court in Mzuzu has set June 6 2015 as the date when judge Dingiswayo Madise will deliver his ruling in a case where the State want the court to give a K4.5 billion (US$10 465 116) fine and 18 years jail term ...

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  • Bella Health Check

    Bella recently underwent a routine health examination just to make sure she is as well as can be. She did very well under anesthesia despite her old age and showed a healthy weight with a good body condition. Nothing unexpected was found. She recovered very well and was soon found lounging around with her favourite ...

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  • IVORY IS WORTHLESS. OUR ELEPHANTS ARE IMMENSELY VALUABLE.

    Published in The Nation on Friday 24th April 2015 Written by Clement Manjaalera, Lilongwe Wildlife Trust   The decision to postpone the ivory burn earlier this month caused heated debate, with many commentators missing the point.  The internet was set alight with calls to cash in on the apparent ‘millions’ that Malawi could make from selling instead of burning ...

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  • IVORY STOCKPILE STORAGE: A FINANCIAL BURDEN TO MALAWI

    Published in Malawi News on Saturday 3rd May 2015 Written by Sophie Gomani   Government says it risks incurring more financial burdens if it continues to store its seized ivory stockpiles. Due to the global ban on ivory trade, Malawi is not allowed to sell its ivory stockpiles; therefore making them of no economic value to the country. However as ...

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  • Ivory Is Worthless, Elephants Are Invaluable: Why Malawi’s Ivory Is Not For Sale

    Originally published on National Geographic, 30th April 2015 Written by Jonathan Vaughan   On April 2, Malawi’s planned destruction of its ivory stockpile was postponed. Despite clear assurances from President Peter Mutharika himself that the burn will go ahead following the conclusion of an outstanding court case, the decision caused heated debate. Social media and online chat forums set alight, with ...

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  • CERCOPAN – Emergency Appeal

    We are calling for your help to assist a fellow rescue center in Nigeria that provides rehabilitation and safe haven for monkeys rescued from the bushmeat, illegal wildlife, and pet trades. They have established an Emergency Fund to support the care and feeding of its 144 resident monkeys. After many years of successfully rescuing and caring ...

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  • Meet Roman

    An update from our Primate Release Project Manager, Amanda, on a new addition to the troop!   The past few weeks have been exciting in Kasungu National Park for the primate release team. After an encounter with a neighboring wild troop of baboons, a wild male baboon was spotted leaving his natal troop and following ours instead. It is ...

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  • DEBORAH MEADEN POPS IN FOR A CUP OF TEA…

    LILONGWE WILDLIFE CENTRE NEWS: Big thanks to Deborah and her husband Paul who kindly squeezed in a visit to LWC this morning, moving their flights especially to see us. Deborah is most famous for her business success and her role as a dragon on Dragon’s Den. She also did pretty well in Strictly Come Dancing in ...

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  • POACHERS POISON ELEPHANTS FOR IVORY

    Published in The Nation newspaper on 18th April 2015 Written by Lucky Mkandawire & Rebecca Chimjeka   While government uses armed game rangers to fight elephant poaching, the people committing the crime in and around Liwonde National Park have advised another way of killing the beasts softly- by poisoning them. Although the extent of threat posed to the population ...

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  • ‘Speed up privatisation of park’

    Published in The Nation newspaper on 18th April 2015 Written by Lucky Mkandawire   Communities around Liwonde National Park in Machinga and Balaka have pleaded with government to expedite the privatisation of the park to spare them and their property from harm. The area has had growing cases of conflicts between wildlife, particularly elephants, and villagers which have resulted ...

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  • ‘The seized ivory is worthless to Malawi’

      Published in The Nation newspaper on 18th April 2015 ‘Hard Talk On Saturday’   Malawi made the headlines when it announced that it would destroy ivory confiscated from illegal traders. But, since it announced the postponement of the same, a number of questions are being raised, ranging from whether destroying the stockpile may end the problem, or whether ...

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  • HYAENA RELOCATION: Goodbye city!

    Today is the day our four hyaenas said goodbye to the city, for good! We have waited patiently for the roads to dry up and have been given the all clear from our release site…so we’re good to go!   A big operation needs lots of manpower. Starting in the very early hours of the morning Dr ...

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  • BELLA & SIMBA CHILLOUT TIME

    LILONGWE WILDLIFE CENTRE NEWS: Our Bella and Simba do love to lounge around their shady enclosure. Our volunteers are often scheduled onto Lion Observations to monitor their ongoing health issues and in doing so can enjoy seeing them at ease here at the wildlife centre, and with each other. They have been together for just over ...

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  • Educational Visit to Southern Malawi

    Last week some of our team took a trip to the southern part of Malawi to increase awareness on illicit wildlife crime, and to encourage Malawians to get involved in the fight against it. A presentation was successfully delivered to 22 senior officers at Chileka Airport from departments including Airport staff, Air Cargo, Civil Aviation and ...

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  • Much ado about illegal ivory

    Published in The Nation on Friday 3rd April 2015 Written by Alick Nyasulu   So we got the wildlife debate started. The media of all kinds has been awash with debate on the expected burning of ivory said to be worth some millions of the green dollar. Somehow, I felt it showed the perceptions of the general public ...

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  • Ivory Not For Sale – APM

    Published in The Nation on Friday 3rd April 2015 Written by Suzgo Kunga and Paida Kadzakumanja   President Peter Mutharika yesterday stated that government has no plans to sell the ivory which was earmarked for destruction until the last-minute intervention yesterday. Since government announced plans to burn the ivory valued at $5 million (K2.1 billion), there have been calls ...

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  • MALAWI WALKS FOR WILDLIFE BUT IVORY BURN IS POSTPONED

    PRESS RELEASE Today’s commemorations of World Wildlife Day in Malawi went ahead but without the burning of the 4 tonne ivory stockpile. Last night, a Government announcement was made that today’s ivory burn was postponed, citing the need to include an additional 2.6 tonnes of ivory which is currently being held as court evidence. A new ...

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  • IVORY BURN POSTPONED

    This evening we have been informed by the Government that Malawi’s commemorations of World Wildlife Day shall go ahead, however the burning of the ivory has been postponed. I’m afraid we cannot comment at this stage, we will make a further statement shortly.

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  • Malawi Plans Torching Four Tons Ivory

    Published in Zodiak Online on 31st March 2015 Written by Winstone Kaimira A wild life conservation organization has hailed the plan by the Malawi government to destroy four tons of ivory by fire saying this was a clear demonstration of commitment to dealing with elephant poaching for their tasks in protected nature reserves in the country. President Peter ...

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  • Malawi to burn its £5m ivory stockpile this week – and demonstrate its commitment to wildlife conservation

    Published in The Independent (online) Sunday 29th March 2015 Written by Simon Barnes   The world’s poorest country is to make the world’s most expensive bonfire. On Thursday, Malawi will set fire to ivory worth more than £5m, in an extravagant gesture designed to demonstrate its commitment to wildlife conservation and the fight against the colossal worldwide business ...

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  • When fires say no to illegal ivory trade

    Published in The Sunday Times Malawi, 29th March 2015. Written by Charles Mkoka   Africa countries have resorted to fire to say no to the booming illegal Ivory trade on the continent now spreading like a ripple. Torching of ivory stockpiles is sending a strong message to the world that residents are now tired with syndicates that are ...

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  • Malawi: Nation to Celebrate Global Wildlife Day on 2 April

    Published on allafrica.com on 28th March 2015 Written by Linda Likomwa   Lilongwe — Malawi will on 2nd April be celebrating World Wildlife Day, focusing on efforts to protect elephant populations by putting an end to the illegal ivory trade. Kate Moore, Programmes Manager Lilongwe Wildlife Trust said since last year’s launch of the Malawi’s ‘Stop Wildlife Crime. Protect Malawi’s ...

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  • IAN REDMOND CONGRATULATES MALAWI ON ANNOUNCEMENT OF IVORY BURN

    Renowned conservationist, Ian Redmond, OBE, today stepped forward to champion Malawi’s ‘stop wildlife crime’ campaign following the Government’s announcement of its ivory burn this Thursday 2nd April.   Head of State, His Excellency Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika, President of the Republic of Malawi, will set light to 4 tonnes of ivory in a show of the highest ...

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  • MALAWI ANNOUNCES IVORY BURN

    PRESS RELEASE. Embargoed until Saturday 28th March 2015, 9am GMT Today the Government of Malawi announced that they will destroy their ivory stockpiles on Thursday 2nd April.  Head of State, His Excellency Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika, President of the Republic of Malawi, will set light to 4 tonnes of ivory in a show of the highest ...

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  • PRESS RELEASE: COMMEMORATION FOR WORLD WILDLIFE DAY, 2ND APRIL 2015

      The Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW) in the Ministry of Information, Tourism and Culture would like to inform the general public of the commemoration of the World Wildlife Day (WWD). The 68th session of United Nations General Assembly declared 3rd March as World Wildlife Day (WWD) to raise the awareness for the need to ...

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  • HYAENA RELOCATION: Urban research

    While we wait for the impending relocation of the captive clan of hyaenas, we have been working closely with Carnivore Research Malawi (CRM) to conduct further research into the wild urban hyaena clan that are still living in Lilongwe. Not far from Lilongwe Wildlife Centre, the clan can sometimes be spotted near to the roads ...

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  • Injured Jojo reunited with troop!

    Another update from our Primate Release Project Manager, Amanda, on injured Jojo’s reunion with the release troop including some amazing photos of life in the bush! March has come and with it the rains have seemed to stop. The bush is teeming with tall green grass, home to plenty of grasshoppers and caterpillars, along with mushrooms, new ...

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  • ONE ELEPHANT, ONE BULLET…NO EASY ANSWERS

    Our WERU team were called out yesterday to help this young bull elephant in Kasungu National Park who had been shot in the leg by a poacher and was limping badly as a result. Removing a snare or cleaning a wound is a more straightforward operation than removing a bullet because it is impossible to ...

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  • Volunteer Blog: Anne-Marie Lub

    LILONGWE WILDLIFE CENTRE NEWS: A blog from volunteer Anne-Marie Lub, from the Netherlands, accounting her first week working at Lilongwe Wildlife Centre… Live Love Lilongwe Wow I cannot believe I am in Africa! And I get to wake up baby monkeys in the morning! For a few years I have wanted to do volunteer work with wild animals. ...

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  • Private sector to the rescue? Malawi’s changing conservation landscape

    Published on contributoria.com. Article and photos by Morgan Trimble. A public–private partnership saves Majete Wildlife Reserve from collapse and provides a model for further success. Bone dry in Majete It was the end of November and the rains were late. The landscape was brown and desolate. The smell of death hung in the 40 ̊C air at Majete Wildlife ...

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  • One year on: Malawi’s fight against wildlife crime

    The first ever World Wildlife Day was held in March 2014.  We look back on some of the highlights in Malawi’s fight against wildlife crime led by the Department of National Parks & Wildlife…   1.      ‘Stop Wildlife Crime.  Protect Malawi’s Wildlife’ campaign launched in partnership with Lilongwe Wildlife Trust.  Funded by Foreign & Commonwealth Office. 2.      7000+ signature ...

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  • CHINA ANNOUNCES ONE-YEAR IVORY BAN

    In response to a recent letter to the president, China yesterday made a ground-breaking announcement: that they have decided to ignite a one year ivory ban. The open letter, signed by celebrities such as David Attenborough and wildlife organisations including Lilongwe Wildlife Trust, called for Xi Jinping to end the country’s trade in ivory to ...

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  • HAPPY ANNIVERSARY SIMBA!

    LILONGWE WILDLIFE CENTRE NEWS: It’s a whole year since Simba arrived in Malawi after his rescue from the circus world in Europe. To celebrate here are some gorgeous photos of our lovely lions courtesy of George Logan. Bella was feeling under the weather for a few weeks but is back on form now and Simba’s chest ...

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  • MAKING SOME NOISE

    Just over a week left until World Wildlife Day and we’re making as much noise as possible to highlight Malawi’s cause.  Our ‘Stop Wildlife Crime. Protect Malawi’s Wildlife’ campaign was launched on the first ever World Wildlife Day last year and so much has happened since then.  An assessment has been completed illegal wildlife trade ...

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  • CLOSE SHAVE FOR RELEASED BABOONS

    Our Primate Release Project Manager, Amanda, has given us a little update on life in the field with our baboons, it’s been an eventful few weeks including a very close encounter with a predator!   Life in the bush working with wildlife is not without its challenges. We released a troop of yellow baboons into Kasungu National ...

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  • Wildlife offences land culprits custodial sentences

    Published in The Sunday Times Malawi on 15th February 2015 Written by Charles Mkoka It’s been a tough few weeks for wildlife criminals in Malawi.  In the past when a poacher found himself in court he would receive a small fine and a slap on the wrist.  These days he can expect jail. In the past two weeks ...

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  • HYAENA RELOCATION: Waiting game

    It’s now been a month since the intended hyaena release date and we’re currently waiting for the rains to come to an end and the roads to clear up. The rainy season in Malawi normally settles down in March/April, so, to be on the safe side, we’re now looking at April for the big day ...

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