This past week our campaigns and education teams have been visiting communities in Chisinga, which borders Kasungu National Park, to teach local children and adults about the lions that used to populate that area.
Kasungu park used to be home to multiple prides but currently none reside there, and it has only visiting individuals from Lukusuzi National Park in Zambia. This means that the current human residents of that area have never seen a lion.
One thousand students from five local schools were treated to a screening at their respective schools of our film depicting Malawian lions in their natural habitat. The best representation of lions that the children had had before were drawings in books.
Unsurprisingly, our film provoked ‘oohs’ and ‘ahs’ from the students as they watched one of nature’s greatest predators run, hunt, and roar in the wild.
The film was coupled with interesting facts and information about how lions live, why they are under threat, and what we can do to protect them.
A few weeks ago, a similar lion film screening took place at the Trendsetters event in Lilongwe. The event was designed to bring together the youth of Malawi with the aim of setting new trends in how we live alongside wildlife.