Disease Screening

DSC_1221The Lilongwe Wildlife Centre houses monkeys at our sanctuary facility in the heart of the city of Lilongwe in Malawi. Some of our residents are monkeys that are destined for release while other monkey residents will live their lives out in in our sanctuary. There is also a resident wild urban vervet monkey troop living near the sanctuary that occasionally interacts with our monkeys living at the Centre.

 

The monkeys living at the Centre have undergone a strict health screening exam (quarantine) upon entry to our Centre. The wild urban troop has not undergone such a screening, so the detail of their health is unknown, especially with regards to presence of particular fecal pathogens. At this time, there are little or no published studies looking at the identification and prevalence of gastrointestinal pathogens among free-ranging monkey troops in Malawi. Therefore, we will be looking at these pathogens by collecting fecal samples from the wild vervet troop and microscopically examining them.

 

Project Updates

  • BORN FREE INTERVIEWS LWT’S HEAD OF ANIMAL REHABILITATION

    Alma van Dorenmalen volunteered with us five years ago and is now the Animal Rehabilitation Manager at the Wildlife Centre. Here’s a recent interview with Alma, published in Born Free Foundation‘s magazine By Alma van Dorenmalen, Head of Animal Rehabilitation and Captive Care, Lilongwe Wildlife Trust  Tell us about Lilongwe Wildlife Trust In 2008, Born Free helped us ...

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  • LWT’S ECO-BRICK CHALLENGE GETS MASSIVE SUPPORT

    By Nebart Mtika In a bid to curb plastic pollution in Lilongwe, LWT launched an eco-brick challenge in June for schools, under this year`s World Environment Day theme  of beat plastic pollution. An eco-brick is a plastic bottle stuffed solid with non-biodegradable waste to create a reusable building block. Eco-bricks can be used to make modular furniture, garden spaces and even buildings such ...

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  • 6 PART TV SERIES CONFIRMED

    We’re thrilled to announce that a 6-part TV series has been commissioned on Lilongwe Wildlife Trust with our Head Veterinarian, Dr Amanda Salb, as the lead.  Filming starts in January, we don’t know which channel it will be aired on yet so watch this space!  See Icon FIlm’s press release below… Blue Ant Media and Smithsonian’s ...

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  • 25% OFF ALL SANCTUARY VOLUNTEER PLACEMENTS FOR ORPHAN SEASON!

    We’re heading into this year’s orphan season at the Wildlife Centre and we need extra help during this busy time of year. So we’re offering 25% off all sanctuary placements before February 28th, 2019! Click here for more information

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  • LWT ATTENDS ADULT LITERACY AWARD CEREMONY

    by Mphatso Chiudza Last week, Lilongwe District Council’s Community Development Department, in collaboration with Lilongwe Wildlife Trust (LWT), World Vision Malawi, Evangelical Association of Malawi, Love Support, SOS and CLARA, organised an International Adult Literacy Commemoration Day, which took place at Nkhoma Mission primary school. The ceremony was held under the theme ‘literacy and skills development for ...

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  • MPCC AND LWT ATTEND CONSERVATION GALA

    Lilongwe Wildlife Trust and the Malawi Parliamentary Conservation Caucus (MPCC) travelled to Washington this month to attend a week-long symposium along with MPs from Botswana, Colombia, Gabon, Kenya, Mexico, Mozambique, Namibia, Peru, and Zambia. Malawi’s MPs had the opportunity to network with other caucuses from around the world, to share lessons and stories and showcase ...

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  • WE LOVE YOU, LIWONDE!

    It might not be at the top of most people’s safari destination list, but that’s part of what makes Liwonde National Park so special. Its 550 square kilometres of woodlands and floodplains are full of elephants, lion, cheetah, buffalo, hippos, antelope and 400 species of birds but – unlike other parks such as Chobe in ...

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  • LWT attends Dzalanyama Forest Conservation Seminar in Lilongwe

    by Nebart Mtika On 18th September, LWT joined Dzalanyama forest conservation seminar at Golden Peacock in Lilongwe. The seminar was organized by the Project for Conservation and Sustainable Management of Dzalanyama Forest Reserve (COSMA-DFR) with support from Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The purpose of the seminar was to discuss roles of various stakeholders towards saving ...

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  • VWAZA RESEARCH OFF TO A GREAT START

    It’s only been four months since we opened up Malawi’s first Wildlife Research Institute in Vwaza Marsh Wildlife Reserve and we’re thrilled with the results so far.  Vwaza is a stunning reserve, relatively remote and untouched and teaming with wildlife, located in the Malawi-Zambia Trans-Frontier Conservation Area.  As a joint venture between Department of ...

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  • DRAMATIC KUDU RESCUE IN SALIMA

    The Wildlife Emergency Response Unit, along with the Clinical Projects in One Health team and Kuti Wildlife Reserve staff, recently rescued a 225kg kudu bull from the middle of Salima. The bull had drawn quite the crowd and had a few superficial injuries, but is now safely back at Kuti. Watch the video of the ...

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  • MY TIME AS A VOLUNTEER AT LILONGWE WILDLIFE CENTRE

    I first visited the Lilongwe Wildlife Centre (LWC) to volunteer in November 2017 and loved it so much that I returned not long after in July 2018! The Centre is the perfect place for animal lovers, and as an animal lover myself, I had such an incredible time volunteering there.  Prior to my first visit, I ...

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  • WDDU FILM TO BE SHOWN IN MALAWI’S AIRPORTS

      To help spread the word about Malawi’s first Wildlife Detection Dog Unit (WDDU), an infomercial has been created to highlight their role of sniffing out illicit wildlife products at the country’s airports and key border posts. The video will be shown at the airport and on internationally travelling buses entering the country.      Thanks to Luke de ...

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  • Maureen Reiser, USA, 2018 – Wildlife Rehabilitation Course & Vet Externship

    Maureen spent four weeks with us, taking part in our Wildlife Rehabilitation Course and a Vet Externship.   Week 1   I spent my first week at the Kuti Wildlife Reserve working with Hezy, a wildlife veterinarian pioneering One Health research projects at this reserve. During this week, I walked many miles tracking wild zebra, baboon, and vervet monkey ...

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  • SNIFFING OUT IVORY: WDDU NOW IN ACTION

      The scent of tobacco and specks of sand hang heavily in the warm warehouse air as a piece of ivory is placed within a wooden crate. Once hidden, you would never know that it was there. If the crate was to be placed in the centre of a shipping container, surrounded by other similar-sized boxes, ...

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  • PROVIDING INCOME-GENERATING TRAINING FOR WOMEN’S GROUPS

      Teaming up with Women Together, Lilongwe Wildlife Trust staff recently carried out a four-day learning exchange and training workshop with three groups of women from Lilongwe. Women Together is an upcoming organisation that works with women to implement income-generating activities within their communities. The aim of the training was to provide an opportunity for women’s groups ...

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  • A SNEAK PEEK AT OUR VULTURE RESEARCH

    Lilongwe Wildlife Trust is currently conducting a pilot Vulture Research Project thanks to funding from African Bird Club. We are investigating the vulture population in Nyika National Park, one of the last protected areas home to vulture species in Malawi. Located in northern Malawi, the park has a healthy carnivore population of leopard and hyena, ...

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  • IAN REDMOND JOINS LWT FOR THE PRIMATE CONSERVATION COURSE

    This month, our 10-day Primate Conservation Course with Ian Redmond OBE visited the Lilongwe Wildlife Centre, Vwaza Marsh Wildlife Reserve and Nyika National Park, where students studied vervets, baboons and blue monkeys through a series of lectures and practicals. The students learned about primate conservation, radio tracking, field survey techniques and primate reintroducation management and ...

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  • Caley Nevin, England, 2018

        Thanks so much for my time at Vwaza, I had a great time and it was an unforgettable experience!    I was allowed to get involved with the Elephant Research Programme really quickly, which immediately makes you feel part of the project. Elephant Field Research Assistant, Beth, was keen to teach me how to do everything, such ...

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  • VETS SAVE ZEBRAS FROM POACHER SNARES

    Last week, tourists alerted us to two zebras that had become entangled in poacher snares. Our Clinical Projects in One Health (CPOH) are carried out at the beautiful Kuti Wildlife Reserve, where the tourists had taken photos of the animals after viewing them earlier in the day. Using the CPOH photo log, which details the ...

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  • LEARN TO REHABILITATE WILDLIFE WITH US

    Our passionate Wildlife Centre team recently carried out the second Wildlife Rehabilitation Course of the season, teaching students who joined us from all over the world everything they need to know about rehabilitating wild animals. The intensive seven-day course consists of a wide variety of lectures, practical assignments, and hands-on rehabilitation techniques, as well as a ...

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  • SMART COOKIE FUNDRAISES FOR WILDLIFE TRUST

    Malawi’s wildlife may seem a world away for some, but that didn’t stop Amaylia and her friends from Dixie Grammar School in England helping us to protect and preserve this country’s species. Inspired by a talk given by Lilongwe Wildlife Trust’s Kate Moore – a former Dixie pupil – Amaylia dedicated herself to organising a ...

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  • PROJECT SPOTLIGHT: THE IMPORTANCE OF OUR WILDLIFE HEALTH PROGRAMME

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    Our Clinical Projects in One Health play an important role in collecting data to inform conservation strategies locally, regionally, and nationally. If you follow us on Instagram, you may have seen some of the work involved: from microscopic imagery showing blood samples and parasites, to zebra photo surveys. But what is One Health and how ...

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  • BEEKEEPING PROJECT CAUSES A BUZZ

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      We’re excited to announce that our first ever beehive harvest has resulted in 10kg of honey! The project has been implemented through the Lilongwe Nature Sanctuary community group, who have been trained in beekeeping and basic business management as part of the project. The honey is currently being sold at Lilongwe Wildlife Centre’s gift shop, ...

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  • BRAVE AIRPORT WORKERS INVOLVED IN DRAMATIC PANGOLIN RESCUE

      In April, Lilongwe Wildlife Centre was alerted to a female pangolin at Kumuzu International Airport. The pangolin was transported to the Centre to undergo a health check before we released her back into the wild where she belongs. But we couldn’t help but wonder where she had come from; how did she get to the ...

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  • KIA’S FIGHT AGAINST WILDLIFE CRIME

    Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve been busy carrying out the re-launch of the Malawi Government’s Stop Wildlife Crime campaign. Launched as a joint initiative between Department of National Parks and Wildlife and Lilongwe Wildlife Trust in 2014, the campaign has been updated to publicise the new penalties for wildlife crime which were introduced ...

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  • WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY 2018

    On the 5th June, we took part in World Environment Day at the Wildlife Centre. This year’s theme, Beat Plastic Pollution, focuses on the global issue of plastic litter and invites us all to consider how we can make changes in our everyday lives to reduce plastic pollution. Whilst plastic can have many uses, single-use ...

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  • LABOUR MP VISITS WILDLIFE CENTRE

      Last week we were thrilled to meet Jo Platt MP, the Labour / Co-operative Member of Parliament for Leigh in Manchester, England. Jo became a councillor for Wigan Council in 2012 and was appointed cabinet member for children and young people services, which have been significantly improved in recent years by Jo’s work. Her further work and other ...

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  • BIODIVERSITY: WHAT IS IT AND WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT?

      Biodiversity – or biological diversity – is the variety of life found on our planet. While that may sound simple, it is in fact one of Earth’s most complex features. Biodiversity is a key indicator of an ecosystem’s health; high biodiversity means a wide variety of species, which will cope better with threats than a ...

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  • HIGHLIGHTING THE PLIGHT OF THE PANGOLIN

    The BBC’s recent documentary, Natural World: Pangolins, has helped shine a spotlight on the plight of the pangolin – the world’s most trafficked animal. Due to their reflex mechanism to roll up into a ball when threatened, they are easy prey for poachers and in the last decade, up to a million of these gentle ...

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  • MEET OUR YOUNG YELLOW BABOONS

    Dax Jade, Dax and Lyson Many of the young animals that arrive at our wildlife sanctuary have been caught up in the illegal pet trade here in Malawi. Separated from their mothers as babies, they lose out on developing key skills and can find it difficult – and in some cases impossible – to survive alone in ...

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  • MONKEY BUSINESS AT THE WILDLIFE CENTRE

        Chikondi Rescued in October 2016, orphan monkey Chikondi was found being sold at the roadside as a baby. She was brought to the centre and introduced to one of our foster mums, Lulu, until she was old enough to be introduced into a troop. Easily stressed out and shy around others, it took Chikondi a long ...

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  • A BUSY MONTH FOR LWT’S PROTECTED AREA ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION PROGRAMME

    Our Protected Area Environmental Education Project (LWT PEEP North) team has been busy this month in the north of Malawi, raising awareness on the importance of supporting protected areas, reducing wildlife crime and mitigating environmental issues. A community sensitisation law enforcement workshop was carried out in Rumphi to teach the local community about Malawi’s new wildlife ...

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  • JOIN OUR EXCITING SAMANGO MONKEY RESEARCH PROJECT

    Malawi’s first ever Samango Monkey Research Project is officially up and running, with its first few weeks of surveying turning out to be a great success. The project aims to study the occupancy and density of this relatively unknown species, and to assess the genetic impacts of habitat fragmentation and degradation. This information can then ...

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  • ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION MAKES AN IMPACT IN KASUNGU

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    Lilongwe Wildlife Trust’s Protected Area Environmental Education Project has been developed to raise awareness of environmental issues, the importance of protecting the wildlife within protected areas and the associated benefits for the local communities.  Topics include deforestation, waste management, biodiversity, wildlife crime and human-wildlife conflict. Last week, the education team working in Kasungu National Park travelled ...

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  • MPCC TAKES ACTION ON MALAWI’S FORESTS

    As part of their 2018 programme to enhance policy and legal frameworks, the Malawi Parliamentary Conservation Caucus (MPCC) recently convened a meeting with the Department of Forestry and the government’s Inter-Agency Committee on Wildlife Crime (IACCWC) to discuss the amendment of the Forestry Act.  This meeting forms part of a series of activities that aim ...

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  • FOOTBALL STARS PLEDGE TO PROTECT KASUNGU’S WILDLIFE

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjgrPwenFEE Last month, Silver Strikers and TN Stars football teams visited Kasungu National Park to learn more about the wildlife conservation work being done in the protected area. The football stars learned about the problems of poaching and snaring and the vital work of the park’s rangers in protecting the animals. After watching two pedal power cinema ...

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  • ROYAL VISIT TO MALAWI FOCUSES ON WILDLIFE CRIME

    Last month, HRH the Duke of Gloucester flew from the UK to Malawi for a four-day official visit, with half of his packed itinerary dedicated to wildlife. One of the objectives of his visit was to learn about Malawi’s efforts to combat wildlife crime, and in turn to raise awareness ahead of London’s Illegal Wildlife Trade ...

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  • HRH DUKE OF GLOUCESTER HIGHLIGHTS MALAWI’S EFFORTS TO FIGHT WILDLIFE CRIME

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    Last week, HRH the Duke of Gloucester flew from the UK to Malawi for a 4-day official visit, with half of his packed itinerary dedicated to wildlife. One of the objectives of the visit was to highlight Malawi’s fight to combat illegal wildlife trade. As founding patron of local charity, Lilongwe Wildlife Trust, the Duke ...

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  • PEDAL POWER CINEMA VISITS LIWONDE

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    Last week, Lilongwe Wildlife Trust’s Pedal Power Cinema made an appearance at Mvuu Camp in Liwonde National Park during the visit from our Royal patron, HRH The Duke of Gloucester. The mobile cinema, which is partly funded by the British High Commission, is custom-made equipment consisting of a portable pedal generator, LED projector and specially designed ...

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  • LWT’S CONSERVATION EDUCATION PROGRAMME CONTINUES TO GROW

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    Lilongwe Wildlife Trust’s conservation education programme continues to receive overwhelming support, with increasing numbers of schools joining the scheme. Two weeks ago, students from primary and secondary schools in Mzimba district received lessons delivered by our Protected Area Environmental Education Programme (PEEP North) educators, with a total of 544 school children involved in the wildlife ...

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  • PRIMATE CONSERVATION COURSE WITH IAN REDMOND OBE

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    Lilongwe Wildlife Trust is offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join world-leading primate conservation expert and LWT advisor Ian Redmond OBE out in the field in Malawi and learn key skills in primate conservation and research. Over the ten-day course, students will study three primate species – vervets, baboons and blue monkeys – across three key research ...

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  • THE BUSY LIFE OF A WILDLIFE VET

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    It’s been a busy couple of weeks for our head vet Dr Amanda Salb. Last week she worked with African Parks on their historic translocation of lions from Majete Wildlife Reserve to Liwonde National Park and just a few days later, she was in Thuma Forest Reserve, helping Wildlife Action Group Malawi to collar some ...

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  • MALAWI PARLIAMENTARY CONSERVATION CAUCUS LAUNCHES 2018 PROGRAMME

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    Speaker of Parliament, Rt Hon Richard Msowoya, last Friday launched the Malawi Parliamentary Conservation Caucus’ (MPCC) programme of activities for 2018.  He delivered an impassioned speech to media and the MPCC membership on the importance of protecting Malawi’s wildlife, forests and environment, saying: “Conservation is now a necessity for the very survival of humanity. We ...

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  • REGULATION OF SPECIES IS GREAT NEWS FOR MALAWI’S WILDLIFE

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    There’s been excellent news for Malawi’s wildlife this month, as the Regulation of Species, which defines the level of protection for each of the country’s species, was finally gazetted. The Regulation forms secondary legislation to the National Parks and Wildlife Act (NPWA), which came into effect in 2017. If the act is the skeleton of ...

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  • A SERVAL LOVE STORY

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    Chorley, our resident serval cat, has been raised at Lilongwe Wildlife Centre since he was one month old, after a Department of National Parks and Wildlife officer spotted him being sold on the side of the road near the Mozambique border in 2011. Due to his sight problems – he has cataracts – he can’t ...

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  • A video from a supporter

    Dan Likungwe, one of our loyal supporter, made this video for us. Watch it and enjoy!

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  • SHOW THE LOVE THIS VALENTINE’S DAY!

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    Looking for a unique gift this Valentine’s Day? Why not adopt an animal in honour of your loved one – or even sponsor a project? You can view them here. Each adoption or sponsorship comes with a personalised certificate that is sent directly to the recipient of your choice. Or you can have it emailed ...

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  • THE WILDLIFE CENTRE BECOMES A RECYCLING HUB

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    Recycling, as it is known in the western world, has been challenging in Malawi due to a lack of programmes in place to collect and re-use waste products on a large scale. However, with the help of funding from an educational grant from Melinda Gray Ardia Environmental Foundation, the Wildlife Centre has partnered with International ...

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  • MALAWI’S WILDLIFE CRIME JUSTICE PROGRAMME PRODUCES RECORD RESULTS

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    A wildlife crime case review has highlighted the remarkable impact of Malawi’s new court initiatives, with the percentage of custodial sentences passed rising from 3% to 77% since the launch of court monitoring and public-private prosecutions in July 2016.  The results indicated that the court programme was also effective in isolation from other initiatives recently introduced ...

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  • MAKE 2018 COUNT: COME & WORK WITH WILDLIFE IN MALAWI!

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    Do you want to make a difference?  Gain experience and learn new skills?  Or take a break from work and explore a totally new direction in life?  If so, then we hope we can tempt you to join us …. **LATE AVAILABILITY: 20% off volunteer placements, primate internships and vet externships (February, March & April)**NEW YR ...

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  • IMPORTANCE OF ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION

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    There are a lot of pressing issues affecting our environment today, the issue has devastating impacts on both humans and wildlife. Environmental management (EM) is a subject that combines science, policy, and socioeconomic applications. It primarily stresses on finding solutions to practical problems that people face in cohabitation with nature, resource exploitation, and waste production. One of ...

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  • USIKU UPDATE

    Here are a few recent shots of hyaena, Usiku. He was rescued after being rejected by his mother as a newborn back  in April 2015, was rehabilitated and taken to Kasungu NP ready for release back into the wild in May 2016. Sadly, for various reasons, this was not to be and it was with ...

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  • VACANCY: PROGRAMMES MANAGER

    Malawi Wildlife Trust (UK charity reg.  1176185) and Lilongwe Wildlife Trust (Malawi CONGOMA reg. C466/2009) are seeking a vibrant individual to join the management team in Malawi. The Programmes Manager will support the Programmes Director to oversee the Trust’s projects and will also manage the partnerships, volunteer and visitor programmes and their associated staff.  Maximising ...

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  • HIGHLIGHTING THE SCALE OF WILDLIFE TRAFFICKING

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    The last few months have been incredibly successful in Malawi’s fight against wildlife crime, with some record cases including: The first rescues and convictions for the trafficking of live pangolins in Malawi. The first rescue took place in Nsanje in Southern Malawi, with two Mozambican men convicted for smuggling the animal across the border. On November ...

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  • Welcome Ian Redmond OBE

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    We’re thrilled to welcome Ian Redmond OBE an Advisor for Lilongwe Wildlife Trust.   Ian is a tropical field biologist and conservationist, renowned for his work with great apes and elephants. He has served as Ambassador for the UN Year of the Gorilla in 2009 and for the UNEP Convention on Migratory Species since 2010.  He worked ...

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  • FIRST CONVICTIONS FOR PANGOLIN TRAFFICKING IN MALAWI

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    The pangolin is the world’s most trafficked mammal, and Malawi is Southern Africa’s principal transit hub for wildlife trafficking.  So it was only a matter of time before a pangolin case would arise in Malawi. This month, not one but two pangolins were rescued from traffickers in separate incidences – representing the first ever cases ...

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  • WHAT A MONTH FOR WERU!

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    Our Wildlife Emergency Response Unit is always busy, being a first point of call for wildlife emergencies across the whole of Malawi! This last month was no exception with more than 3,500km travelled by the team and a whole lot of achievements including: De-snaring Success: This last month has sadly seen a few snared elephants, with ...

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  • A BUSY SUMMER FOR THE LWC VETERINARY CLINIC!

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    With the help of a really great team of veterinary externs, we accomplished over 80 procedures in the Lilongwe Wildlife Center Veterinary Clinic this summer! Vervets, baboons, duiker, barn owl, tortoises: all healthy and ready to go forward to the step of rehabilitation. Two other procedures included: Henri, an old Rock Python housed by the Lilongwe ...

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  • RELEASED BABOONS FROM 2015 RECENTLY SPOTTED!

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    Our partners at Carnivore Research Malawi in Kasungu National Park have been camera trapping for carnivores recently, but camera traps often find other wildlife too. I was overjoyed when CRM’s senior researcher, Rob, told me he captured photos of baboons close to the 2015 release site. At first, he sent me photos of the photos on his ...

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  • SCIENTIST’S GIVE SECOND WARNING TO HUMANITY… AND IT’S NOT PRETTY.

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    Twenty-five years ago over 1,700 scientists gave their first big warning to humankind. They warned about biodiversity loss, climate change, deforestation, ocean “dead-zones” and the continual growth of the human population. They warned that we were pushing Earth’s ecosystems to their limits. That we were pushing them beyond their capacities to support life. That urgent ...

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  • PANGOLIN RESCUED, TRAFFICKERS ARRESTED

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    November 8th marked a first for Malawi’s Department of Parks and Wildlife, as they arrested two men in possession of a live pangolin.  Maritinyo Alberto, 21, and Paulino Felish Njanja, 25, both from Mozambique, had decided to bring the pangolin to Malawi for sale, leaving a second behind to be brought across the border once ...

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  • WHY HANDS-OFF VOLUNTEER PROJECTS ARE REALLY THE ONLY OPTION

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    Type ‘wildlife volunteer’ into google and close to 50 million results come up. An overwhelming number. You can volunteer with elephants in Thailand, turtles in Costa Rica, lions in South Africa… the options are endless. But, with so much to choose from, how can you be sure that you have found a project that will ...

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  • THINK YOU REALLY LOVE ANIMALS? READ THIS.

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    Over the last few years, ‘selfie culture’ has exploded into a worldwide phenomenon. And yes, whilst a selfie with your grandma or group selfies before a night out are all really cute, it is the rising trend of wildlife selfies that is particularly disturbing. Since 2014, the number of selfies with animals posted to Instagram has ...

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  • 13 YEARS FOR KILLING AN ELEPHANT

    Two men have been sentenced to 13 years each in jail for killing an elephant in Nkhotakota Game Reserve. Faliki Simeon, 43, and Thomson Zindo, 56, reportedly entered the reserve without a permit during the month of September 2017. They were carrying an antique rifle which they used to kill an elephant that had just ...

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  • A SAD FAREWELL TO BELLA & SIMBA

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    Two days ago, we said goodbye to our iconic lions Bella and Simba. Their health had been in decline for some time, and despite the best possible care and treatment, we all agreed that the range of health problems these lions were facing had become too much. After much deliberation, and with Bella and Simba’s ...

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  • OUR PARTNERSHIP WITH PERIVOLI TRUST

    Perivoli Schools Trust  began in Namibia in 2012.  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 ...

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  • RECORD 18 YEARS BEHIND BARS FOR RHINO POACHER/TRAFFICKER

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    A joint press release from African Parks and Lilongwe WIldlife Trust. An unprecedented total of an effective 36 years of prison time has been handed down to three people convicted for poaching a black rhinoceros in Liwonde National Park, Malawi, this year  Liwonde, Malawi: A man tried and convicted of poaching a black rhinoceros in Liwonde ...

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  • BEAUTY RETURNS TO THE WILD

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    I remember very well when Beauty arrived, I was studying and working on my dissertation at Lilongwe Wildlife Centre. It is now 4 years later and with much gratitude I can say that not only was I involved with raising this animal and watching Beauty grow up, but I have been able to personally release ...

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  • GRADUATION SUCCESS FOR PERIVOLI SCHOOL TRUST

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    “Before, we didn’t know what to do with the children, and now we can see the difference in their learning.” Children aged 2-6 are at a critical stage of development, and for as many nursery schools as there are in Malawi, there are shockingly few resources for teachers to help their learners succeed. Enter Perivoli Schools ...

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  • WERU DE-SNARES TWO ELEPHANTS & A ZEBRA

    The Wildlife Emergency Response Unit was recently called out to Liwonde National Park to remove snares from two elephants – both in the space of 24 hours. That’s quite a feat since they had to be tracked via helicopter then darted from above, before the snares are removed and the wounds cleaned.  Both are doing well ...

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  • DEMAND FOR IVORY POSES THREAT TO MALAWI’S HIPPOS

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    When it comes to wildlife crime, we are all aware of the threats to elephants and rhinos, with the demand for ivory decimating populations over the last few decades. But when we hear of ‘ivory’ and ‘poaching,’ hippos don’t necessarily spring to mind. Yet a rise in the demand for hippo teeth is now threatening ...

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  • THE IMPORTANCE OF OUR FUEL BRIQUETTE PROJECT

    “Little things can make a big difference.” Sure, but how can a fuel briquette help save the Malawian forest and provide economic opportunities to the local community? Alongside protecting Malawi’s wildlife and helping animals in need, LWT also emphasizes the importance of community projects. The Fuel Briquette Project is one such example and the Outreach and Education ...

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  • ‘IVORY FACTORY’ EXPOSED: TRAFFICKER GETS 7 YEARS IN PRISON

    Press release from the authorities: Notorious ivory trafficker, Winston Humba, was yesterday sentenced to 7 years behind bars by the Malawi courts.  The 38-year-old from Ntcheu, Malawi, was arrested by police at his ivory ‘factory’ on 26th December 2016, where heavy duty machinery was being used to process raw ivory into smaller pieces for easier air ...

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  • BRIGHTON MAKES THE FRONT PAGE

    The Tusk Award has been big news here in Malawi.  In addition to TV and radio interviews, Brighton made it to the front page, and the article spread across the next 5!  Read the full piece here: http://mwnation.com/kumchedwa-wins-tusk-award/

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  • AN UPDATE ON BELLA AND SIMBA

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    Our iconic lions Bella and Simba, who swapped a life of deprivation in a zoo and circus for a life in Africa, are getting older and now need even more special care. As we move into a new phase of the lives of these exceptional lions, we are saddened at the thought that they may not ...

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  • FROM A $40 FINE TO 4 YEARS BEHIND BARS FOR IVORY TRAFFICKING

    Reveland Kanyimbo arrest

    Within just a few years, the average sentence for ivory trafficking has increased from just a $40 fine to around 4 years. A recent example being that of Reveland Kanyimbo 36, a business man from the Chitipa District in Northern Malawi, found in possession of 2.2kg of ivory. Malawian and Zambian counterparts worked together to apprehend ...

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  • BRIGHTON KUMCHEDWA WINS TUSK AWARD FOR CONSERVATION IN AFRICA

    Brighton Kumchedwa

    We nominated Brighton Kumchedwa for the Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa, and we were over the moon when he was announced as winner this week. He has worked incredibly hard throughout his 27 year career, starting as a Parks Officer and then working his way up to his current position of DNPW Director. Malawi has ...

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  • LENGWE LOGGERS APPEAL: SENTENCES DOUBLED

    Deforestation

    The Lengwe logging case ended in drama on Friday when the High Court rejected an appeal to overturn the original judgment, instead doubling prison sentences to up to 36 months behind bars.  The forfeiture of the vehicles and logging equipment to the Malawi Government, valued at approximately $500,000, was also upheld.          ...

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  • STAFF SPOTLIGHT: NEBART MITKA – ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION MANAGER

    With humor and natural spokesperson abilities, Nebart Mitka, can often be seen in front of large groups of children at the Lilongwe Wildlife Centre giving talks and lessons about the importance of environmental and wildlife conservation. Nebart currently serves as the Environmental Education Manager, a role he credits for giving him a sense of independence – ...

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  • BRITISH HIGH COMMISSIONER KICKS OFF PEDAL POWER CINEMA ROADSHOW

    Pedal Power Cinema

    Following on from our TV launch of the film Elephant I Miss You, we’ve taken to the road with our pedal power cinema to reach communities without power.  British High Commissioner, Ms Holly Tett, came out to see our pedal power cinema in action.  Watch the a 60 second film on her visit below. Special thanks ...

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  • 30 YEARS CAMPAIGN

    behind bars

    This week marks the launch of Malawi’s ’30 years’ campaign (‘Mpaka Zaka 30’ in Chichewa).  It has been designed to deter individuals from any involvement in wildlife crime, in particular communicate the changes in legislation as part of the new Wildlife Act, for which wildlife criminals could find themselves behind bars for up to 30 ...

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  • STOP WILDLIFE CRIME CAMPAIGN 2014-2016

    poster

    In February 2014, Malawi was one of 42 countries to sign the London Declaration and pledge to fight illegal wildlife trade. Malawi responded by launching its campaign to “Stop Wildlife Crime.  Protect Malawi’s Wildlife.” The campaign is a joint initiative between Department of National Parks & Wildlife and Lilongwe Wildlife Trust, funded by the Foreign and ...

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  • LWT ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION MANAGER WINS ESSAY CONTEST

    A huge congratulation to our Environmental Education Manager, Nebart Mitka, for being crowned Champion in the 2017 Freedom of Expression Institute’s essay writing contest! This year’s theme was “How Should Malawi Sustainably Preserve the Country’s Cultural Heritage” – and his essay was the winner out of over 600 entries across the country. Lilongwe Wildlife Trust ...

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  • THREE JACKALS RELEASED

    Last month the three side-striped jackals (Canis adustus), Tic, Tac and Toe were transferred to their release enclosure. They came to us last year from a litter that was found on a farm and rescued by the owner of Forest & Garden Services. The jackals were brought to the Lilongwe Wildlife Centre in order for them ...

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  • MISSION POSSIBLE MALAWI

    Ivory recovered from poachers The locks on the door of a secret strong room where Malawi has stored recovered Ivory. © Picture by Mark Kehoe January 2017 mark.kehoe@btinternet.com 0044 7831 524 096

    Alongside guns, humans and drugs, illegal wildlife trade is one of the largest and most lucrative transnational crimes in the world. Most would associate this type of organised crime with the likes of Kenya or South Africa which have more abundant wildlife and a reputation for armed violence, not the relatively peaceful ‘Warm Heart of Africa’. ...

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  • BUSHMEAT: THE UNSUNG VILLAIN

    Habitat loss, climate change and pollution each play their deadly hand but the illegal trade in wildlife is the unsung villain, contributing to the silence enveloping the world’s wild spaces. It’s worth an estimated 15 billion dollars globally the trade is rife, purported to be affecting at least 50% of the world’s UNESCO World Heritage ...

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  • DNPW DIRECTOR A FINALIST IN PRESTIGIOUS CONSERVATION AWARDS

    Brighton Kumchedwa

    We nominated Brighton Kumchedwa, Director of DNPW Malawi and an LWT trustee, for the prestigious Tusk Conservation Award and he has been chosen as one of the three finalists. The accolade is also a reflection on Malawi’s wider response to the threat serious wildlife crime. Here’s an article reproduced from the Nation, and you can find out more about the ...

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  • GAMBIAN ARRESTED IN MALAWI FOR IVORY SEIZED IN THAILAND

    Published in the Maravi Post: http://www.maravipost.com/gambian-arrested-thailands-seized-ivory/ A Gambian man was arrested yesterday by the Malawian Police Services in connection with the seizure of 330kg of ivory in Thailand in March earlier this year. Madi Conteh, 34, is the main suspect and the seventh person to be arrested in connection with the case.  He is also listed on the Interpol Red Notice ...

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  • LWT HOSTS WILDLIFE QUIZ FOR WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY

    In celebration of World Environment Day, the Lilongwe Wildlife Trust conducted a series of wildlife quiz events with local schools competing that culminated in a final round at the Wildlife Centre on June 5, 2017. The Wildlife Quiz is one of the environmental education programmes implemented by Lilongwe Wildlife Trust primarily to increase awareness and understanding ...

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  • MAX THE BLUE MONKEY IS RELEASED

    Max was rescued several years ago by the Wildlife Centre team, as a young orphan from a roadside seller.  Finally, the time has come for him to take his first steps to freedom.  He has been released into the forests at Nyika National Park where it is hoped that he will soon find his friends. ...

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  • COMMUNITIES WIN WILDLIFE ENFORCEMENT AWARDS

    Presenting award

    Three Natural Resource Committees (NRC’s) have received awards amounting to MK 1 million for their exceptional contribution to wildlife law enforcement this month. The outstanding NRC’s were involved in the confiscation of Muzzle loading guns, removal of snares, help the DNPW in arresting the poachers, conducting patrols around the park and clearing the boundaries of ...

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  • ELEPHANT I MISS YOU – Nat Geo article

    Scroll down for the video. “Long ago, great giants lived here. They were magnificent creatures.  But…we killed them all.”  These are the opening words of the film “Njobvu, Ndakusowa” (in English, “Elephant I Miss You”) as a grandfather recounts the tale of the first, and only, time he saw an elephant in his village somewhere deep ...

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  • BIODIVERSITY RESEARCH

    The biodiversity monitoring programme operates from our new research camp in Vwaza Wildlife Reserve, and is run in partnership with Conservation Research Africa. Results are shared with the Department of National Parks & Wildlife in order to to inform practical management of the parks that fall within the Nyika-Vwaza protected area ecosystem, in the Malawi-Zambia TFCA.   Methods include: Primate ...

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  • MINISTER COMMEMORATES ENVIRONMENT & BIODIVERSITY DAYS

    Guests

    We were thrilled that the Malawi government chose the Wildlife Centre to host this year’s World Environment Day celebrations. The event was also combined with World Biodiversity Day, since they fell so closely together. Guest of honour, Hon Bright Msaka, Minister for Natural Resources, Energy and Mining, made a rousing speech in front of dignitaries, ...

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  • 30 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR MONKEY POACHING

    Update from Tommy Mhango POACHER GIVEN A 30 MONTHS PRISON TERM FOR KILLING TWO MONKEYS IN NYIKA NATIONAL PARK Chief Resident Magistrate, Texious Masoamphambe, on 22nd May, 2017 convicted and sentenced Jailosi Simkonde, aged 49 years, from Mthuka Village, T/A Wasambo, Karonga District  to 30 months in prison for entry into Nyika National Park, contrary to Section ...

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  • VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT: HUGH MCKINSTRY

    Why did you choose a wildlife conservation and animal welfare organization to volunteer with? I have been volunteering since 1994 and all my volunteering has been conservation and wildlife related. I have an interest in conservation and wildlife and enjoy traveling so volunteering allows me achieve those two interests. How long have you signed up to ...

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  • OUR AMBASSADOR, JOSS STONE!

    LWT Ambassador Joss Stone visited us when she passed through Malawi as part of her Total World Tour in November last year.  With just one morning to spare in her packed schedule, she still had time to visit the Wildlife Centre and talk through our other projects over tea, and she was suitably impressed enough ...

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  • LENGWE LOGGERS PUT BEHIND BARS

    35 men – including 2 Chinese, 22 Mozambican and 1 Mozambican-Portuguese National – were yesterday each sentenced to up to 18 months behind bars in Malawi’s largest ever recorded illegal logging case.  Confiscated equipment was also forfeited to the Malawi Government, which was valued at approximately $500,000 and included six tractors, a fork lift truck, a ...

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  • PRIMATE RELEASE PROJECT

    The Research & Rehabilitation team, along with our volunteers, worked hard to prepare the release of 14 Vervet monkeys. First, the team had to catch the entire group from their pre-release enclosure at the Centre. Next, the animals went through multiple health checks and we are happy to report that all are in good condition. ...

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