Lilongwe Wildlife Centre became a fully accredited member of the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) in September 2015, and is only the 2<sup>nd</sup> sanctuary in Africa to pass the accreditation to date. To be awarded the status, an organization must meet GFAS’s rigorous and peer-reviewed animal care standards which are confirmed by a site visit as well as adhere to a demanding set of ethical and operational principles.
The Pan African Sanctuary Alliance (PASA) is a non-profit organization working to protect Africa’s primates and their habitats. They work with member sanctuaries and international experts to halt bushmeat hunting, illegal pet and commercial trade and the widespread habitat destruction that threatens Africa’s primates with extinction. There are 22 member sanctuaries in 12 African countries. Each sanctuary must pass a stringent inspection and continue to meet the high standards of animal care and conservation practices to retain the award. Lilongwe Wildlife Centre achieved membership in July 2014 and will work alongside PASA and their other members across the continent.
Responsible Tourism Awards
Lilongwe Wildlife Centre also received a the Responsible Tourism Award for the best organisation for the Conservation of Wildlife and Habitats in 2011 – the first time a Malawian organisation had won such an award. The award was accepted by the Minister of Tourism & Wildlife in London on our behalf. In 2014 we were also shortlisted for the ‘Best for Wildlife Welfare’ award. In 2013, Lilongwe Wildlife Centre received a Malawi Tourist Board award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Tourism’ because of our work to raise the profile of Malawi’s wildlife both with national and international audiences.
IUCN is a membership Union uniquely composed of both government and civil society organisations. It provides public, private and non-governmental organisations with the knowledge and tools that enable human progress, economic development and nature conservation to take place together. Created in 1948, IUCN is now the world’s largest and most diverse environmental network, harnessing the knowledge, resources and reach of 1,300 Member organisations and some 15,000 experts. It is a leading provider of conservation data, assessments and analysis. Its broad membership enables IUCN to fill the role of incubator and trusted repository of best practices, tools and international standards. IUCN provides a neutral space in which diverse stakeholders including governments, NGOs, scientists, businesses, local communities, indigenous peoples organisations and others can work together to forge and implement solutions to environmental challenges and achieve sustainable development. Working with many partners and supporters, IUCN implements a large and diverse portfolio of conservation projects worldwide. Combining the latest science with the traditional knowledge of local communities, these projects work to reverse habitat loss, restore ecosystems and improve people’s wellbeing.
Lilongwe Wildlife Trust was approved as a member of the Species Survival Network in 2013, and currently stands as the SSN representative for Malawi. We will work alongside other member NGOs to promote and enforce CITES (the Convention on Int’l Trade in Endangered Species of Wildlife Fauna and Flora).