We believe that wildlife research and monitoring is critical to effective conservation

Malawi has an incredible diversity of wildlife and habitats but is facing huge threats, from wildlife crime and human-wildlife conflict to deforestation and habitat loss. On top of this, there is a significant gap in knowledge on the ecology, genetics and conservation status of many of the country’s threatened and endangered species. Our wildlife research programme aims to help fill this gap.

Our mission

Our mission is to provide long-term monitoring programmes, coupled with applied conservation research, to inform, guide and evaluate conservation efforts in Malawi. We collaborate with individual researchers and students as well as local and international governments, organisations and institutions to deliver long-term ecological monitoring, applied conservation research and capacity building initiatives.

Our areas of focus

Much of our research takes an interdisciplinary approach that combines epidemiology, species population management and behavioural ecology. Our research themes are developed to fill knowledge gaps identified through the course of our work. While our current focus is on rehabilitation, epidemiology, behavioural ecology and population management we are happy to facilitate other types of wildlife-based research in Malawi with a focus on species or ecosystem conservation.

If you’d like to get involved in our research projects check out the placements we offer. If you are a student interested in conducting an independent research project or fulfilling university credits as part of your studies please read through our research projects listed below then contact placements@lilongwewildlife.org to find out more.


Current projects

Research locations

Publications and reports


Sievert, O., Evans, K., Mgoola, W., & Harwood, A. 2022. Early insights into the movements of Malawi’s transboundary elephants. African Journal of Ecology. 00: 1-5.

Sievert, O., Adendorff, J., Kadewere, S., Reid, C., Botha, A. 2021. Recent records of vulture nests in Malawi’s Southern Region. Vulture News. 81: 1-6.

Winter, S., Coimbra, R.T.F., Bronec, A., Hay, C., Salb, A.L., Fennessy, J. & Janke, A. 2019. Species assignment and conservation genetics of giraffe in the Republic of Malawi. Conservation Genetics. 20: 665-670. 


Sievert, O., Reid, C. & Gaylard, A. 2021. Aerial Survey Report 2020: Liwonde National Park, Malawi. Report prepared for African Parks. Liwonde, Malawi: Liwonde National Park.

Sievert, O., Adenorff, J. & Gaylard, A. 2021. Aerial Survey Report 2020: Majete Wildlife Reserve, Malawi. Report prepared for African Parks. Chikwawa, Malawi: Majete Wildlife Reserve.

Harwood, A., Stone, E., PetersonWood, B. & Hammer, M. 2020. From elephants to cats to butterflies: Monitoring biodiversity of Vwaza Marsh Wildlife Reserve, Malawi. Biosphere Expedition Report. 63pp.

Harwood, A., Stone, E., Shevlin, K. & Hammer, M. 2018. From elephants to cats to butterflies: Monitoring biodiversity of Vwaza Marsh Wildlife Reserve, Malawi. Biosphere Expedition Report. 74pp.

Note: LWT staff member involved in each project is bolded.

Database contributions:

Hyena specialist group

African Lion Distribution