LIONS & RHINOS & SNARES (OH MY!)

Its been a busy couple of months for WERU. Whilst the LWC team have had their hands full with new intakes, the WERU team have been out and about around the country tracking a lion in Kasungu, collaring lions in Majete, and fitting rhino horn transmitters in Liwonde. In between all of this, project leader Amanda has even found time to drive back from Kenya with our beautiful new WERU Land Rover!

And, displaying even more hard work, wildlife rangers doing snare sweeps in Liwonde National Park removed over 230 snares in one day! It’s hard to believe that there are so many obstacles for wild animals to avoid but this sort of work will go a long way towards ensuring the safety of the remaining wildlife.

Good work and let’s keep it up!

You can read more on the WERU project here.

Dr. Pete Morkel and Dr Amanda Salb changing the collar on Chimwala, the male lion in Majete. These VHF collars help rangers monitor the movements of the lions here in the reserve.

Majete lion collaring

On this project, transmitters were fitted into the horns of black rhinos, meaning that rangers and ecologists can monitor their movements. WERU vets, Dr. Amanda Salb and Dr. Joseph Nkhoma have joined Dr. Pete Morkel on this operation to support the team and also learn more about rhino medicine and how vets can help rhino conservation.

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Ranger Emmanual with one of the 230 snares!

Emmanual snare