As habitats are disappearing, wild animals are losing their homes and human-wildlife conflict is on the rise. Wildlife crimes like the pet and bush-meat trades are common in Malawi and, if the law is to be enforced, the ‘victims’ need somewhere to go.
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Lilongwe Wildlife Centre was set up in 2008 to offer a lifeline to these wild animals in distress, saving the lives of individual animals and wherever possible releasing them back in the wild where they belong. Currently the only accredited wildlife sanctuary in Malawi, home to almost 200 injured or rescued wild animals including carnivores, primates, birds, reptiles and antelope, it is also the country’s largest environmental education facility and protects an important urban wildlife reserve.
Rescue & Rehabilitation
Lilongwe Wildlife Centre has built up a reputation for having some of the highest welfare standards of any sanctuary in Africa, shown through the accreditations it has received. The majority of our residents have been rescued within Malawi, but we have also provided sanctuary to some animals that have been rescued from captivity and abuse in other countries like our lions, Simba and Bella.
Thanks to our state-of-the-art vet clinic, orphan care centre and experienced animal care team supported by
volunteers, the majority of rescue callouts can be managed on site. LWT’s Wildlife Emergency Response Unit is on hand for other cases that need treatment in-situ, especially for large animals like elephant and rhino.
We make every effort to return rescued animals back into the wild where they belong – read more about our rehabilitation programme here. For those that can never be released, we offer the best quality of life possible in large, natural enclosures where they can roam freely.
We welcome over 25,000 school children through Lilongwe Wildlife Centre’s gates every year who participate in our environmental education programmes. Read more here.
Lilongwe Wildlife Centre is located right in the heart of the capital city within a beautiful wildlife reserve, and we aim to offer the tens of thousands who visit us each year an enjoyable outing, at the same time inspiring a passion for wildlife and a desire to protect it. We have won awards for our commitments to responsible tourism, an ethos which we have adopted throughout our operations.
Investment into our visitor facilities – such as the bar, café, gift shop, amphitheatre, playground, gardens and walking trails – have all helped to drive visitation, and all of the revenue generated as a result goes back into feeding and caring for the rescued animals at the sanctuary. We also operate a tiered entry fee scheme so that those on a lower income can visit us – the majority of Malawians can’t afford to visit wildlife in their own national parks.
What’s more, the existence of such a visible and popular tourist attraction within prime urban development territory has undoubtedly contributed to the protection of this beautiful 180 hectare wildlife reserve, one of the last examples of acacia combretum woodland in the region and itself an important area of urban biodiversity that is home to abundant wildlife.