LWT on TV: Malawi Wildlife Rescue

‘Malawi Wildlife Rescue’ is a six-part TV series that follows the adventures of the dedicated staff behind the Lilongwe Wildlife Centre, Malawi’s only wildlife sanctuary.  Follow wildlife vet Dr. Amanda Salb and her team as they go above and beyond to save injured and orphaned animals and get them back to the wild, where they belong.

How to view

Canada 

Love Nature, premieres 8 December (Sundays 7pm)

Asia

Love Nature, premieres 23 February, Sundays 2pm (repeat showings on Thursdays 7.50pm)

UK

Virgin and Sky Virgin On Demand, premieres 9 February (5.30pm)

Europe, Middle East and Africa

Love Nature, premieres 9 February, Sundays (repeat showings on Thursdays)

US

Smithsonian Channel (dates TBC)

Meet some of our team

Amanda with dart gun and helicopter

Dr. Amanda Salb
Head Vet

Amanda earned her DVM from Louisiana State University in 2004, and received her Master’s degree from the University of Calgary in 2011. She practiced for seven years in the US and Canada in private practice, industry and zoos before heading abroad to work in in-situ conservation. She joined Lilongwe Wildlife Trust (LWT) in 2013. As the Head Veterinarian, she supervises the veterinary clinic at the Lilongwe Wildlife Centre, oversees LWT's Clinical Projects in One Health and runs the Wildlife Welfare Unit and the Wildlife Emergency Response Unit, a joint partnership between LWT and the Department of National Parks and Wildlife. Amanda is also an honorary Parks and Wildlife officer.

Love - LWC vet - treating a hedgehog

Dr. Love Kaona
Wildlife Centre Vet

Love is one of just 12 graduates, one of only a few females, from the first cohort of the first ever veterinary school in Malawi. Since volunteering with us after a chance meeting at Majete Wildlife Reserve in 2017 and with her BSc in Veterinary Medicine in hand from Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR), she is now proudly the first Malawian vet at our Wildlife Centre. Love has a big heart for animals. The more she learned about them and how she could relate to them, the more her interest grew. Love would like to see more Malawian women embrace the veterinary field. She encourages girls to “go for it”. “It’s challenging, but you have to stand your ground,” she advises.

Chicko - Animal Care attendant

Chiko Makhalira
Animal Care Attendant

Chiko has worked for the Trust for over 10 years as an animal caretaker. He is our primary carnivore keeper and has worked with everything from jackals, servals and leopards to hyena and lions. As part of his role, Chiko prepares and delivers food to the wildlife and keeps their enclosures clean. This even entails the weekly clean out of our croc pond while Shiela and Bushpig laze about in the sun watching.

Alma feeding bird

Alma van Dorenmalen
Animal Care Specialist

Alma started as a volunteer at the Lilongwe Wildlife Centre whilst she was studying Veterinary Naturopathy. She conducted research on how naturopathy can improve efficiency in wildlife rehabilitation. In the Netherlands she rehabilitated mostly domestic animals, researched zoo-pharmacognosy on bovidae and equine species and provided consultancy work to improve animal welfare situations in different organisations. Alma joined the team as Rehabilitation Coordinator in 2014 and in 2016 became the Rehabilitation Manager, overseeing all animal care. Alma has a strong focus on individual animal welfare, traumatised animals and uses a holistic approach in the rehabilitation process.

Gideon_Enrichment Coordinator_LWC

Gideon Banda
Enrichment Coordinator

Gideon has a BSc in Natural Resources Management and Wildlife and Ecotourism from LUANAR. Through his studies, he learned to love wildlife more, his favourite area specifically being in oncology. “Birds are ecological indicators, they can give signs on environmental dangers”, he says. Gideon creates entertaining and challenging activities to keep our wildlife engaged and stimulated while they are rehabilitated. He loves the challenge of designing these projects. It allows him to be creative and innovative as well as collaborate with his colleagues in integration and animal care. Through opportunities to observe in the clinic, Gideon has also developed an interest in vet nursing.

Auze - LWC staff - with hedgehogs

Auze Polela
Vet Nurse

Auze started working at the Centre in 2015 in orphan care. She has learned lots of on-the-job skills and now as vet nurse, has been trained by vets in the feeding and general animal care of bushbabies, hedgehogs, antelopes, owls and serval cats. Auze’s favourite animal at the Centre is Target, a vervet monkey and foster mother superstar. Auze enjoys training volunteers and doing wildlife health checks.

Mandy tracking

Mandy Harwood
Release Manager

Mandy is Malawi’s leading primatologist. Originally from the US, she has worked in Malawi for five years as the Research and Release Manager for Lilongwe Wildlife Trust. Here she specialises in behavioural ecology, distribution, and the release of baboons, and vervet and samango monkeys and also with elephants and African large mammals. Mandy gained both captive and field-based primate experience working in South Africa, Argentina, and Indonesia. She obtained her MSc in Primate Conservation from Oxford Brookes University in the UK, and conducted her dissertation research on baboon behavior in Botswana.


Kondwani going into an enclosure with intergrations records

Kondwani Kusakala
Intergrations Coordinator

Kondwani graduated from LUANAR with a degree in National Resource Management and Wildlife and Ecotourism. He started as an intern at the Centre in 2018, quickly became a rehabilitation assistant and is now our full-time Integrations Coordinator. He works primarily with rescued, orphaned and abandoned primates. He ensures that no social animal has to live alone. He does this by integrating primates and observing their behaviours – a role that requires a great deal of attention to detail. Kondwani is also regularly first on scene to rescue animals as he attends the majority of our animal call outs. Kondwani really enjoys the release of troops, which is a testament to the hard work he plays a large part in. “The end result is very satisfying”, he says.

Zuwere slicing food for owls

Zwere Malunga
Orphan Care Coordinator

Zwere is in charge of prepping feeds, keeping the orphan care area sterile, and training volunteers in orphan care requirements. She loves getting to know the people she works with and appreciates that she can play an active role in the work that they do on a daily basis. Zwere feels at peace on the Centre grounds surrounded by trees and enjoys any interaction that she has with the wildlife under her care.

Volunteer with us

If you’re inspired by the series, why not sign up for a placement with us! We offer a range of opportunities, including general sanctuary work, research placements, vet externships and vet medicine courses

Lilongwe Wildlife Trust operates at the forefront of some of Malawi’s most urgent conservation challenges, and our work spans wildlife welfare, rescue and rehabilitation, advocacy, education, research and conservation justice. This means that if you sign up for a placement with us, you’ll be part of a much bigger picture. Whether you’re working with our rescued animals, contributing to a research project or supporting our education team, volunteering with us is a chance to make a real difference to conservation in a critical context.

Check out the volunteer section of our website and then email placements@lilongwewildlife.org if you have any other questions.