Learn all about the rehabilitation of wild animals with our intensive 7 day Wildlife Rehabilitation Experience based in Malawi. Upcoming course dates: 7th March, 4th July & 15th August 2017.

About us…

The Lilongwe Wildlife Trust is Malawi’s leading welfare and conservation charity and our wildlife sanctuary, Lilongwe Wildlife Centre, is an award-winning project, reputed by PASA as one of Africa’s best sanctuaries. Every year the Centre receives many injured or orphaned wildlife that have become victims of the illegal pet and bushmeat trade, which are still prevalent in Malawi.

LWC is home to almost 200 individuals including primates, antelopes, carnivores, birds and reptiles. All of our animals are given the best care by an experienced team of wildlife rehabilitators and veterinarians. Right from the start, the entire rehabilitation process is focused on the potential to release animals back in the wild, whenever possible.

About the Wildlife Rehabilitation Experience…

This intensive 7 day Wildlife Rehabilitation Experience provides you with a combination of theoretic knowledge and practical experience. The program consist of lectures, practical assignments and hands-on rehabilitation techniques, as well as a field excursion to one of our release sites. The course is lead by our Wildlife Centre Sanctuary Manager, Jasper Iepema, who has over 15 years experience in wildlife rehabilitation and worked with many different wildlife species. Topics which will be addressed in this course are:

  • Rescue and intake
  • Disease screening and control
  • Orphan care
  • General rehabilitation techniques
  • Animal capture and restraint
  • Behavioural observation techniques
  • Release and monitoring techniques

Course details…


  • Course only:  £800/$1030 (Includes: food, dorm accommodation, airport transfers, course materials, t-shirt & certificate – accommodation upgrades available)
  • £500 discount on a Wildlife Centre volunteering placement before or after the course.  .  E.g. 2 weeks usual cost = £1306, 3 weeks = £1691.  Course plus 2 weeks volunteering = £800 + £1306 – £500 = £1606.  

QUESTIONS & HOW TO APPLY? Please email lilongwewildlife@gmail.com for more information or for an application form.

Who can apply…

The course will be given at Lilongwe Wildlife Centre and is ideal for students or graduates who want to gain more practical knowledge and experience in the field of Wildlife Rehabilitation, but it’s also a great experience for anyone who has a keen interest and desire to learn more about wildlife. 

There are only 8 places available on each course so grab them quickly!

Preliminary Course Schedule


Arrival in Lilongwe


Introduction to wildlife rehabilitation (lecture)

Extensive tour behind the cenes of LWC

Animal intake and stabilisation (lecture)

Principles of good orphan care (lecture)

Orphan care protocols and feedings (practical)


Rehabilitation techniques (lecture)

Enclosure quality survey (practical)

Zoonosis, personal hygiene and safety (lecture)

Preventative medicine (lecture)

Diseases of primates (lecture)

Animal body condition score (practical)

Animal capture and restraint (lecture)


Animal health checks (practical)

Parasitology (lecture)

Faecal examinations (practical)

Wildlife nutrition and feeding (lecture/practical)


Lion observations/integrations (practical)

Darting (practical)

Medicating wildlife (lecture)

Medicating wildlife in captivity (practical)

Animal enrichment (lecture)


Making animal enrichment (practical)

Measuring the impact of enrichment (practical)

Behavioural observations (lecture/practical)

Introduction to wildlife releases (lecture)


Drive to Kasungu National Park

Field survey techniques (lecture)

Animal tracking (lecture)

Vervet tracking/camera traps (practical)



Animal tracking (practical)

Field survey techniques (practical)

Recap and review

Drive back to LWC


Depart Lilongwe / Join LWC / Zambia safari

Please note: This is a preliminary schedule and can be subject to change