DONORS & PARTNERS
The Wildcat Foundation
The Wildcat Foundation is a private not-for-profit philanthropic foundation whose purpose is to help save and provide for the long-term conservation of endangered wildlife and wild places in Africa. The Wildcat Foundation is the principal donor to our collaborative programme of proactive wildlife crime investigation in Malawi and also supports our partner organisations in the region. For more information please visit the foundation's website - www.thewildcatfoundation.us
Paul G. Allen Family Foundation
Launched in 1988 by Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul G. Allen and his sister Jody, the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation is dedicated to changing the trajectory of people’s lives and strengthening communities through catalytic philanthropy that helps meet our energy needs and address the threat of climate change, promote biodiversity on land and in the seas, give young people access to immersive experiences in art and strengthen education, address the needs of vulnerable populations, and advance scientific and technological breakthroughs around the world. The Foundation is the main funder of our wildlife justice programme, but has also provided funds for updating wildlife regulations and establishing a wildlife dog detection unit. For more information please visit the foundation's website.
USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential. USAID works in over 100 countries on a variety of issues including improving global health, furthering education, providing humanitarian assistance in the wake of natural and man-made disasters, advancing food security and improving environmental sustainability. LWT is a sub-awardee to IFAW and with USAID support will be implementing anti-trafficking, advocacy and conservation education projects within the southern trans-frontier conservation area between Malawi and Zambia. USAID will also help support the work of the wildlife crime investigations unit. For more information please visit USAID's website.
International Narcotics League
The US Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) develops policies and manages programs to help partner countries in the Western Hemisphere strengthen law enforcement and other criminal justice capabilities so their governments can more effectively combat international narcotics production and trafficking, combat transnational organized crime, and enhance citizen security. INL are the main supporters for our wildlife dog detection programme, they also provide funds for the wildlife crime community enforcement networks and are helping LWT undertake legislative reviews and assessments. For more information please visit their website.
Olsen Animal Trust
Olsen Animal Trust is a UK based family charity established to partner organisations that are aligned to their vision to end animal cruelty and exploitation, enhance animal welfare and conserve wildlife in their natural habitats. OAT provide support for our rescue and rehabilitation programmes at Lilongwe Wildlife Centre and are also a significant co-financer of our collaborative programme of proactive wildlife crime investigation in Malawi. For more information please visit their website.
Elephant Crisis Fund
The Elephant Crisis Fund, a joint initiative between Save the Elephants and Wildlife Conservation Network, funds projects around the world that take direct action to stop poaching, trafficking, and demand for elephant ivory. ECF were the founding donor of our proactive wildlife crime investigation and wildlife justice programmes. The ECF support also enables LWT to engage in cross-border collaboration with our regional partners in Zambia and Tanzania. For more information please see their website.
Tusk is a dynamic and pioneering organisation with 25 years of experience initiating and funding conservation, community development and environmental education programmes across Africa. Tusk has supported LWT since 2011 and was a key donor of our leading environmental education programme. Tusk remain the principal donor of all LWT’s environmental education activities at LWC and in communities around protected areas in the Central and Southern Regions of Malawi. For more information please see their website.
GIZ offer customised solutions to complex development challenges. The Polifund Project, commissioned by the German Federal Government, aims to combat poaching and the illicit trade in ivory and rhino horn on a cross-sectorial, cross border and transcontinental level. The Polifund have supported LWT since 2014 and funded our collaborative Review of Illegal Wildlife Trade in Malawi. Since the review was complete, the Polifund has supported LWT to undertake the Amendment of the National Parks and Wildlife Act of Malawi and contributed towards wildlife justice and anti-trafficking programmes in the north of Malawi. For more information please visit their website.
UK Department for Environment & Rural Affairs
This fund aims to help: 1) develop sustainable livelihoods for communities affected by illegal wildlife trade; 2) strengthen law enforcement and the role of the criminal justice system; and 3) reduce demand for the products of illegal wildlife trade. In 2016, LWT, with the International Fund for Animal Welfare, were recipients of a grant to create an operational Wildlife Crime Investigations Unit in the Department of National Parks and Wildlife and Community Enforcement Networks around several protected areas in Malawi. These initiatives will help combat serious wildlife crimes. For more information please see their website.
US Fish and Wildlife Service
The US Fish and Wildlife Service's programs are among the oldest in the world dedicated to natural resource conservation as you can trace their history back to 1871. Their mission is to work with others to conserve protect and enhance fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats. They have supported LWT since 2017 and are providing funds to help the trust sensitise and train investigators prosecutors and members of the Malawian judiciary on new wildlife policy, laws and sentencing guidelines. For more information please visit their website.
Born Free Foundation
The Born Free Foundation takes action worldwide to save lives, stop suffering and protect species in the wild. BFF helped found the Trust in 2007 and were the principal donor to Lilongwe Wildlife Centre (LWC) for many years and BFF expertise was central to the rise and sustainable development of the sanctuary. BFF’s continued guidance has helped LWC become one of only two African based sanctuaries that are fully accredited by both the Pan African Sanctuary Alliance (PASA) and the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS). BFF have also supported our wildlife reintroduction programmes, our Wildlife Emergency Response Unit and several other smaller LWT campaigns and livelihoods projects. For more information please visit their website
International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)
IFAW works to rescue and protect animals around the world. They rescue individuals, safeguard populations and preserve habitat. IFAW have been supporting wildlife conservation and welfare projects in Malawi for several years and support LWT through provision of funds to our wildlife reintroduction and research programmes. IFAW are also a key LWT partner on several campaigns and projects aimed to combat wildlife crime in Malawi. This includes joint projects such as the wildlife crime investigations unit but also anti-trafficking advocacy and conservation education projects within the southern trans-frontier conservation area between Malawi and Zambia. For more information please visit their website.
Stop Ivory is an independent NGO which aims to protect elephants and stop the ivory trade by implementing the Elephant protection Initiative. Their mission is to stop wildlife crises by inspiring all sectors of society to take responsibility and action to safeguard wildlife. Together with the Elephant Crisis Fund, Stop Ivory were the founding donors of our wildlife justice programme. For more information please visit their website.
Perivoli Schools Trust
Their mission is to transform the prospects of children aged two to six in poor communities across Sub-Saharan Africa by showing nursery school teachers how to stimulate their young charges by using every day waste materials as teaching aids. Once we learnt about the simplicity and effectiveness of their programme, we were thrilled to be appointed as their implementing partner in Malawi in 2016. The combination of teacher training and class visits using a network of coordinators and trainers allows for fast and inexpensive implementation, with eight modules delivered over the course of a year. The modules show teachers how to structure their week, organise their classrooms and how to make play the centre of everything they do. The goal is to help children to develop social skills, audio and visual perception, fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, language and simple arithmetic. Teachers that complete all eight modules are awarded a Perivoli Certificate. Lilongwe Wildlife Trust’s role is to help Perivoli replicate their successes in Namibia, where their 80 Perivoli Trainers have trained almost 3000 nursery school teachers reaching over 46,000 nursery school learners over the past four years. 2017/18 will focus around Lilongwe where there is huge demand for the programme, where we aim to build a network of 12 trainers and 400 teachers by the end of 2018. We will then expand to one of LWT’s protected area sites in 2019. Perivoli is also one of the few funders that give core funding to LWT. For more information please visit their website.
Nyika Vwaza Trust (UK)
The Nyika-Vwaza Trust (UK) is the only trust solely dedicated to conserving the precious wildlife and habitats of Northern Malawi, in particular the Nyika National Park and the Vwaza Marsh Wildlife Reserve. NVT are the principal donor of LWT’s environmental education activities being implemented in the Northern Region of Malawi, specifically in the local communities around Nyika National Park and Vwaza Marsh Wildlife Reserve. For more information please visit their website.
AAP give primates and other exotic mammals a better future. AAP run one of Europe’s finest animal rescue centres and also lobby for better animal legislation in Europe. They provide long-term solutions for improving the welfare of exotic animals, including finding suitable outplacements. AAP have supported LWT since 2008 and are the principal donor to Lilongwe Wildlife Centre (LWC). Their support, technical advice and training played a critical role in the sustainable development of the sanctuary. AAP also support several of LWT’s wider anti-wildlife crime campaigns and are the principal donor for our Captivity Guidelines for Wildlife in Malawi project. For more information please visit their website.
UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office
The UNDP GEF SGP provides financial and technical support to projects that conserve and restore the environment while enhancing people’s well-being and livelihoods. The UNDP GEF SGP has supported LWT since 2012 and provided funds to undertake our community conservation programmes, specifically those related to community reforestation, habitat restoration and sustainable/alternative fuels and technology. For more information please visit their website.
Malawi Environmental Endowment Trust
The Malawi Environmental Endowment Trust (MEET) is a Malawian non-profit organization established as a sustainable funding mechanism to ease the problem of late and limited funding. Through the management of a grant facility, the Trust supports priority activities developed in cooperation with the country’s development partners. The vision for MEET is “to enable all people to address the environmental challenges in Malawi.” Projects typically focus on issues such as afforestation, soil and water conservation and environmental health and waste management. MEET is the co-funder for our Protected Area Environmental Education Project in the central region of Malawi. For more information please visit their website.
International Conservation Caucus Foundation
The ICCF brings together leaders at the highest level of government, business and the NGO community. They set the conservation and environmental agenda by coordinating people with scientific expertise, organizations that support and manage programs on the ground and policymakers who shape legislation. ICCF is the principle funder for our advocacy activities with the Malawian parliamentary conservation caucus. For more information please visit their website.
Jean Sainsbury Animal Welfare Trust
First established in 1982, the trust has since given over £8.6 million to animal welfare charities. The objectives of the Trust are to donate to UK registered charities whose purposes involve benefiting or protecting animals, relieving animals from suffering, conserving wildlife or encouraging the understanding of animals. The trust supports LWT's primate release programme and other research activities such as the construction of research camps. For more information please visit their website.
GEF - UNDP
Established in 1992, the year of the Rio Earth Summit, the GEF Small Grants Programme provides financial and technical support to projects that conserve and restore the environment while enhancing people's well-being and livelihoods. The programme has provided funding for the establishment of community woodlots to help combat the rampant deforestation within Malawi. For more information please visit their website.
International Primate Protection League
IPPL is a grassroots nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the world’s remaining primates. Since 1973, they have worked to expose primate abuse and battled international traffickers. They also operate a sanctuary for gibbons in South Carolina and support primate rescue efforts worldwide, especially in countries where primates are native. IPPL has funded our primate release programme and several enclosures at Lilongwe Wildlife Centre. For more information please visit their website.
International Primatological Society
The International Primatological Society was created to encourage all areas of non-human primatological scientific research, to facilitate cooperation among scientists of all nationalities engaged in primate research, and to promote the conservation of all primate species. They have funded several rehabilitation enclosures and education activities at Lilongwe Wildlife centre. For more information please visit their website.
International Tree Foundation
International Tree Foundation works with communities in Africa and the UK to carry out sustainable community forestry projects which protect, regenerate and cultivate trees and forests to conserve habitats rich in biodiversity and to enhance human and environmental well-being. In 2011/12 an ITF grant enabled LWT to create six community woodlots in schools, plant over 10,000 trees and establish four fuel briquette enterprises that sold over 12,000 briquettes. For more information please visit their website.
- Alliance One
- Bill&Melinda Gates Foundation
- Central Wilderness Safari
- Colombus Zoo
- EWP Associates
- High Five Club
- Individual donors
- Kumar Associates
- Land and Lake Safari
- Robin Pope Safari
- Premium Tobacco
- Press Trust
- Print Shop
- Ryklow Trust
- Sky Band
- Taiwanese Forestry Bureau
- Wilderness Wildlife Trust
Endangered Species Protection Agency
The Endangered Species Protection Agency (ESPA) works within International Law parameters and local enforcement procedures to conserve and protect critically endangered species and their custodians. ESPA recognises that the continued existence of these animals is inseparably linked to the communities that share their habitat, and the need for a hearts-and-minds approach to transparent, credible conservation security and strategy. ESPA aims to significantly reduce the trade in endangered species by disrupting the organised criminal networks through the provision of specialist bespoke services and personnel to anti-poaching operations and illegal wildlife trade (IWT) investigations.
- Bishop Mackenzie International School
- British High Commission
- Chinese Embassy
- German Embassy
- Other embassies
- Office Of Presidents Cabinet
- Other government agencies
- Mount Mulanje Conservation Trust
- Scotland-Malawi Partnership
- Kuti Wildlife Reserve
- Nyika-Vwaza Trust (Malawi)
- RSPCA International