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IN THIS ISSUE:
  • A sad farewell to our lions, Bella & Simba
  • Malawi's first pangolin trafficking cases: animals freed, culprits convicted 
  • 2015 baboons caught on camera
  • What a month for WERU: elephants, a hyenas, a buffalo and more
  • $11,000+ raised for orphan season fundraising campaign! 
  • Jalawi: our new snare wire jewellery line
  • Holiday giving ideas: animal adoptions, LWT memberships, and more!

2017 IMPACT IN NUMBERS

Thanks to your support, this is our impact to date...

A SAD FAREWELL TO BELLA & SIMBA

We are so proud to have been able to give these two beautiful lions such a good quality of life for so long, away from the cruelty they experienced in their early life, but their health had been in decline for some time and the time finally came to say goodbye. After much deliberation, and with Bella and Simba’s best interests as the priority, we made the sad decision to put them to sleep. We thank everyone who has supported them over the years, especially the Born Free Foundation, Olsen Animal Trust, David Walker and Natuurhulpcentrum Opglabbeek

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PANGOLINS RESCUED: TRAFFICKERS CONVICTED

November saw not one but two pangolins rescued from traffickers in separate incidences - also representing the first ever cases of pangolin trafficking in Malawi. Both animals were successfully released into Liwonde NP, with one passing through the Wildlife Centre for a health check on its way to freedom. 

One of the cases was concluded this week, with two men - a Mozambican and a Malawian - each being sentenced to 5 years behind bars by courts in Lilongwe.  Two Mozambicans arrested over the second pangolin are currently at trial and awaiting their sentencing in Nsanje.

Pangolins are the world's most trafficked mammal, and are currently threatened with extinction due to demand from illegal markets in the East, where their meat is a delicacy and their scales are used in traditional medicine. 

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BABOONS FROM 2015 RELEASE SPOTTED ON CAMERA

According to our lead primatologist, Mandy Harwood, there's no doubt that the 3 baboons caught on camera trap are indeed the same individuals she followed for a year, post release in 2015! How encouraging to see them in good health and thriving in the wild. And thanks to our partners, Carnivore Research Malawi, for sharing their mug shots with us.

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WHAT A MONTH FOR WERU 

Our Wildlife Emergency Response Unit is always busy, being a first point of call for wildlife emergencies across the whole of Malawi! The last month was no exception with more than 3,500km travelled by the team and a whole lot of achievements including: 

  • Successfully treating an old snare wire wound on an elephant at Thuma Wildlife Reserve
  • De-snaring a buffalo calf in Liwonde National Park
  • After one and a half year's of attempting to remove a hyena's research collar that had become too tight, it was successfully removed. 

Click the link below to read more about what the team accomplished.  An amazing job by the team once again!  A big thank you, as ever, to our sponsors, Born Free and Olsen Animal Trust.

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SUPPORT MALAWI'S WILDLIFE & WILD PLACES!  

Looking for a holiday gift that gives back? You can help support the Lilongwe Wildlife Trust by making a symbolic animal adoption in the name of a friend or loved one, becoming a member of LWT, sponsoring one of our many projects or joining us as a monthly donor. All proceeds will help us continue our work of protecting Malawi's wildlife and wild places. Now that's a gift worth giving! 

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SNARE WIRE JEWELLERY LAUNCHED

We're thrilled to announce the launch of Jalawi, our up-cycled snare wire jewelry line.

All proceeds benefit the Wildlife Emergency Rescue Unit whose job includes removing snares set by poachers from wild animals and treating their injuries.  Rhinos and elephants are often targeted for their horns and ivory tusks to feed a global illegal wildlife trade which is threatening many species with extinction.  

The snare wire jewelry is made by a local women's artisan collective providing them an income too.   They're making them as fast as they can, but we sold out at recent fairs in Lilongwe, so you may have to wait a while to get your hands on some.  Please email us if you want to go on the waiting list.  This project was started with funds from our friends at the Born Free Foundation. 

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BABY DUIKER FIRST ORPHAN TO ARRIVE THIS SEASON

Our first orphan of the season has arrived! This is Neno, a baby duiker who was brought into the Centre after an attempt was made to sell her on the side of the road. We learned her mother was killed, but she is in good condition despite her traumatic start. She is healthy, drinking from a bottle and gaining weight. 

WE RAISED OVER $11,000 FOR ORPHAN SEASON!  

A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who helped us surpass our fundraising goal of $10,000 for the Lilongwe Wildlife Centre to support orphaned wildlife.

Here’s how you helped us:

•Students from Bishop Mackenzie International School held a baby shower bake sale.
•Several of you hosted your own online fundraising campaigns and shared with your family & friends.
•Many of you opted to donate through our website.
•Several of you also joined us as monthly donors.
•Finally, our very good friends at Olsen Animal Trust offered to match donations up to $5,000, which brings the total raised to $11,800!

It’s because of friends and donors like you that will allow us to continue to rescue and care for Malawi’s wildlife!

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