The Challenge


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


To safeguard Malawi’s wildlife and empower the guardians of the wild. 

We have a vision for each of the 4 areas we work within:

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Every wild animal in Malawi is free from human-inflicted suffering.

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Everyone in Malawi respects and protects wildlife.



Malawi is free from wildlife and forest crime.



Evidence-based management is integral to conservation .

Our Story

Lilongwe Wildlife Trust was established in 2008 when our pilot project, the Wildlife Centre, opened as Malawi’s first wildlife sanctuary and environmental education facility.  Our remit has grown in response to the emerging conservation challenges of the past decade and we focus on where we can deliver the greatest impact.

We now work both nationwide and cross-border and employ 90 staff, and we invested over $2 million into conservation projects in Malawi last year (2017).  We focus on where we can deliver the greatest impact, responding to the key conservation challenges and seeking out the right partners to deliver the best results.

Find out more about our projects here.

Our Impact

We strive for the best of operational standards, reflected in our many awards and accreditations. We are a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Malawi representative for the Species Survival Network and the founding member of the Conservation Council supporting the Malawi Parliamentary Conservation Caucus.  Lilongwe Wildlife Centre is also the only wildlife sanctuary in the world to hold accreditations from GFAS, PASA and the Born Free Foundation, and has also received a Responsible Tourism Award for ‘Best for Conservation of Wildlife and Habitats’.