Our Wildlife Emergency Response Unit (WERU) responds to a large number of calls each year for animals in need, many of which have been injured from snares, traps or bullet wounds due to poaching or human-wildlife conflict.

Some of these animals need to be brought to Lilongwe Wildlife Centre for additional treatment, where they receive expert veterinary care and rehabilitation before they can be returned to the wild.

Last week Deputy Head of Wildlife Rehabilitation Kondwani headed out to Liwonde National Park to collect a young bushbuck – she was reported stranded, likely orphaned when her parents were caught in poachers’ snares.

Last year we also retrieved a serval kitten, a jackal and a baby baboon from Liwonde.

“Without intervention, these animals may well have become victims of human-wildlife conflict,” said Kondwani. “Getting to injured wildlife in time requires a lot of resources, but it’s always so rewarding when we finally get to release them back into the wild.”

Other animals supported by WERU in the past year include elephants, pangolins, hyenas, vervet monkeys, roan antelopes and zebras. Of course, no animal is too small for our team, so we’ve also rescued hedgehogs and a microbat!

We’re thankful to Olsen Animal Trust and Born Free Foundation for their long-running support of the Wildlife Emergency Response Unit.