Lilongwe Wildlife Trust is offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join world-leading primate conservation expert and LWT advisor Ian Redmond OBE out in the field in Malawi and learn key skills in primate conservation and research.

Over the ten-day course, students will study three primate species – vervets, baboons and blue monkeys – across three key research sites – Lilongwe Wildlife Centre, Vwaza Marsh Wildlife Reserve and Nyika National Park. Theoretical training will include threats to primate populations, strategies in conservation and distance sampling analysis, while practical work will include primate rehabilitation, behavioural research methods and bio sample collection. There is also the opportunity to extend your stay with LWT, with a research placement or primate externship.

Ian is a tropical field biologist and conservationist, renowned for his work with great apes and elephants. He has served as Ambassador for the UN Year of the Gorilla in 2009 and for the UNEP Convention on Migratory Species since 2010.  He worked closely with the late Dr Dian Fossey, and is an advisor for several leading conservation NGO’s.  Amongst his many accolades, Ian was appointed OBE in 2006 and awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Oxford Brookes University in 2011 and a DSc h.c. from Roehampton University in 2014.  

The course costs £1,300, which includes food, transport, dorm accommodation (upgrades are available) and airport transfers. Flights, insurance and visas are not included. For more information or to book, email

Place are limited, so book now to avoid disappointment!