“The past year has been one of the most striking years of my time as CEO”, says Jonny Vaughan. “Striking for both the scale of the challenges we faced and for the incredible depth of dedication we witnessed from our supporters.”

In 2020-21 Lilongwe Wildlife Trust continued its work to save wildlife, campaign for conservation justice and inspire people to value and protect nature in Malawi. To all the staff, donors, partners and volunteers who helped us survive the turmoil of the COVID-19 pandemic during this time – a huge thank you! 

Like many other conservation organisations we experienced a sharp fall in income as a result of the pandemic. However, thanks to the generosity of our long-standing funders, a handful of new donors and our amazing community of individual supporters we were able to buffer much of this loss. As a result, we were able to make significant progress in achieving our goals across our key programme areas: saving wildlife; educating and engaging communities; promoting conservation justice; and campaigning for change.

Read on and download the report to learn more about our impact in 2020-21.

136 animals rescued and 83 animals released back into the wild

5,589 children and 110 schools engaged in our education programmes

94% custodial conviction rate for offences against listed species 

6 campaigns delivered on wildlife and forest crime issues

Thanks to the incredible support of our many partners and donors, we are emerging from a difficult year with renewed determination to achieve our mission and an acute respect for the challenges still to come.

We hope you will continue to support our efforts. 

A message from Virginia McKenna OBE, Co-Founder and Trustee of The Born Free Foundation and Patron of Lilongwe Wildlife Trust.

“I finished reading your Impact Report with a strong feeling of hope and optimism. I believe Lilongwe Wildlife Trust and Born Free share many hopes and philosophies and compassionate thoughts about living creatures – both human and animals. The wild places we value were, after all, created by them. That is where they live and where they belong. When people think about the ‘natural world’ it is usually with a sense of wonder and gratitude and now, I hope, a sense of responsibility. Without it what a sad world it would be. I am honoured to be one of your Patrons and I thank you for all you increasingly do for wild creatures and their homes.”