Malawi is known for its friendly people and beautiful places but poverty, deforestation and wildlife crime have put the nation’s wildlife under immense pressure. The ‘Warm Heart of Africa’ is also Southern Africa’s principal transit hub for the trafficking of illicit wildlife products, which threatens some of the region’s most iconic species such as elephants with extinction.
Our mission is to protect Malawi’s wildlife by helping wild animals in need, combatting wildlife crime and empowering guardians of the wild.
We have a vision for each of the 4 areas we work within:
WILDLIFE RESCUE & WELFARE
That every wild animal in Malawi is free from human-inflicted suffering.
EDUCATION & ADVOCACY
WILDLIFE LAW ENFORCEMENT
Lilongwe Wildlife Trust was established in 2008 when our first project – Lilongwe Wildlife Centre – opened as a wildlife rescue, rehabilitation and education facility supporting the government’s work fighting wildlife crimes, such as the pet and bushmeat trades. The centre is also the base for our international volunteer programme, which is critical to the sanctuary’s rehabilitation efforts.
Since then, both our rescue and education programmes have expanded nationally and in 2014, we started work to combat serious wildlife crime - in particular ivory trafficking - by supporting high-level wildlife crime investigations, wildlife justice programmes for prosecutors and courts and revisions to wildlife policy and legislation. Our research arm will be an important area of growth in the coming years, as LWT is a lead partner on Malawi's new Wildlife Research Institute.