Adopting an animal is a fantastic way to support the Trust’s work through the Wildlife Centre, Malawi’s only wildlife sanctuary, since your donation will go straight towards our care and rehabilitation programme. It makes the perfect gift for yourself or a loved one that also makes a difference.
In return for a one-off donation of $40/£32 you will receive:
A personalised certificate with biography and photos of your chosen animal
Our adoption packs are sent via email to help conserve the environment and to ensure that the whole of your donation goes towards the care of the animal rather than mailing/paper costs. You can choose from any of our resident animals below – just click on the photos to read about them below…
Do you have a voucher? Simply indicate this in the contact form message below.
Chorley was one month-old when he was confiscated by a scout of the Department of National
Parks & Wildlife at the Mozambique border in September, 2011. He was being sold on the side of the road by a man, hoping that someone would pay for the animal in order to keep it as
a pet, or use it as bushmeat. It is illegal to sell wild animals without a permit in
Malawi and so the DNPW scout was able to confiscate Chorley and deliver him to the Lilongwe WIldlife Centre.
LWC was much smaller back in 2011 and the few onsite staff worked hard to give our resident
animals the care they needed. When Chorley was a young kitten, staff gave him milk four or five times a day and carefully balanced the attention he got to ensure he was not abandoned, but not overly humanised either.
When Chorley was rescued it was already possible to see that he was developing cataracts in his eyes. This damages his vision, making everything look cloudy and affects his ability to locate and catch his natural prey of birds, frogs, lizards and rodents. Because of this, Chorley can never be released into the wild, but is content exploring in his large enclosure.
Maddie started her journey taken from the wild and sold on the roadside. Purchased by hotel workers she was then discovered at the hotel by a member of African Parks. At only two weeks of age when she was delivered to the Lilongwe Wildlife Center (LWC), Maddie was wobbly on her feet and had a dried up umbilical cord.
LWC's Rescue and Rehabilitation manager introduced herself as Maddie's mother by getting on her hands and knees, hanging a bottle of milk from her chest, and moving herself along like a bushbuck. She let Maddie's head butt her head to initiate the nursing ritual practiced by antelope. After a few butts, Maddie was ready to take the bottle hanging from her "mother". She learnt quickly and is doing well and getting bigger and stronger every day!
Adopt Bushdog and Sheila
Bushdog and Sheila are African Nile Crocodiles. Bushdog is a male and Sheila is a female. They have been long-term residents of the Wildlife Centre since it opened in 2007.
Bushdog was born in 1995. He started life in a crocodile farm in Nkhotakota before becoming a zoo animal at the old Lilongwe Zoo across the road. When the Wildlife Centre opened this zoo was closed and its resident animals were transferred. Bushdog was the last resident to be rescued, moving into his new, much larger enclosure. Sheila was rescued from a similar zoo situation at Mua Mission, where she stayed in a tiny enclosure for human entertainment. We are not sure how old she is.
Neither Bushdog or Sheila can be released back into the wild as they have been in captivity for too long and have been fed by humans for their whole lives. This means that they have no fear for humans and so would be very likely to cause human-wildlife conflict if released back into the wild. Bushdog and Sheila enjoy each other’s company in our sanctuary, spending their time sunbathing and cooling off in their pool.
Adopt Bushdog and Sheila
THE BLUE MONKEY
Frank was taken from the wild and held up to passing people and cars for sale when concerned passerbys reported it to the Lilongwe Wildlife Trust. With the help of scouts from the Department of National Parks and Wildlife, Frank was confiscated from the roadside and brought to the Wildlife Centre for emergency treatment. He was only a month old when he arrived Centre in November 2015 during orphan season (Nov-Feb), the time of the year when babies are most commonly traded. He was in extremely bad shape, malnourished and very badly dehydrated. He could barely stand, and when he did for seconds, he would collapse to the ground, choosing to lie flat and still whenever he could. At first, it seemed his chances of survival were slim, but with vigilant attention and care for his medical needs, and constant nurturing by his human surrogates, Frank survived and began to thrive.
A month after Frank's arrival, one year-old Gaia, another blue monkey, was rescued from similar circumstances. Gaia was also confiscated from the roadside by DNPW, but arrived in a much better state of health than Frank. Because both individuals were of the same species, they were able to be integrated with each other and learn to play, feed and socialise together. Frank became a healthy and playful young Blue Monkey and along with Gaia has been integrated into the Wildlife Centre’s resident troop of Blue Monkeys, in a large enclosure. Here they will learn to form a stable troop with our other rescued Blue Monkey’s and have the chance at being released back into the wild sometime in the future.
THE BLUE MONKEY
Spotty came to the Wildlife Centre on 31 July 2015 after being found on the road in Lilongwe. A friend of the centre noticed that he could not fly and that there were dogs around in that area. They were worried that he would be eaten or killed by a car and so brought him to our sanctuary for assistance.
On closer inspection by our veterinarian it was discovered that Spotty has deformities in the bone structure in his wing and had a broken collar bone. These injuries make him unable to coordinate his wings and to have a stable flight. Unfortunately, we have been unable to mend this injury and so Spotty remains at the Wildlife Centre where he can be taken care of. He is a friendly owl and likes to watch people pass by.
Due to his injuries Spotty does not need a big aviary in which to fly. However, he does like to be high off the ground, from where he can observe his surroundings and feel safe from predators as would be necessary in the wild. Our volunteers have lovingly created a number of climbing structures for Spotty, including perches, beams and ladders up to his own elevated nest box. He is able to hop between these constructions to enjoy the full extent of his enclosure. In 2016, Spotty’s enclosure received a further extension and makeover to enlarge his living space. Generously sponsored by the Olsen Family Trust, this has provided Spotty with a beautifully planted enclosure that is big enough for him to live out his days happily at the Wildlife Centre.
When Caesar first came to LWC, he was hardly living the life of his namesake, the powerful Roman Emperor. His story and the story of most of Malawi's Vervet Monkeys is more like those of the slaves of Ancient Rome. Local school children found Caesar in April, 2015 abandoned in a field close to Lake Malawi. Caesar’s mother may have come into conflict with farmers, or been shot for bushmeat consumption, we will never know. The clever children took him to their teacher whose friend found transport to the Lilongwe Wildlife Center. Fortunately, Lulu, a Vervet Monkey at LWC was already taking care of a three-month-old, Fraggle. Together Lulu and Fraggle accepted Caesar into their family and he got the attention he needed from his new surrogate mother and a friend to play with as well. When Caesar was old enough and weaned off milk, he was integrated into a large group of monkeys so he could get to know his own species better. For Caesar, and all LWC animal residents, the ultimate goal, if they have good health and are not psychologically impaired from trauma or too much contact with people, is being released back into the wild.
If you would like to adopt an animal for yourself or as a gift for someone special then please fill in the form below and then pay your donation via Paypal or UK bank transfer. You will be redirected to information on how to make a payment after you have filled in the form. If you have any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org.