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IN THIS ISSUE:
  • A record 18 years for rhino traffickers, 13 years for elephant poachers
  • Welcome Ian Redmond, OBE
  • Last minute shopping? Animal adoptions, project sponsorships and more!
  • Leucistic baboon spotted in Vwaza Marsh
  • Orphan season in full swing at the Wildlife Centre

2017 IMPACT IN NUMBERS

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

RECORD 18 YEARS FOR RHINO HORN TRAFFICKER...

A man who poached a rhino in Liwonde NP and removed the horn ready to sell to a buyer he had lined up was given a record 18 year prison sentence, setting a new wildlife crime precedent in Malawi's courts.  His two accomplices were given 8 and 10 years each.  Great work from the authorities plus the Lilongwe Wildlife Trust and African Park's teams, who even managed to locate the horn on the day of finding the carcass thanks to tracking technology. Read more here

...AND 13 YEARS BEHIND BARS FOR ELEPHANT POACHERS

Then in the same week, another stiff sentence from the North. Two men were arrested for entering Nkhotakota Game reserve and using an antique rifle to kill an elephant that had just been trans-located from Liwonde National Park.  They were both given 13 year prison sentences by the ruling magistrate.   Read more here

We'll write more on the results of Malawi's new private prosecution model next month...

WELCOME IAN REDMOND, OBE

We’re thrilled to welcome Ian Redmond, OBE as an Advisor for Lilongwe Wildlife Trust. Ian will be helping us with our primate and elephant research projects. 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 closely with the late Dr Dian Fossey, and is an advisor for several leading conservation NGO’s.  Amongst his many accolades, Ian was appointed OBE in 2006 and awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Oxford Brookes University in 2011 and a DSc h.c. from Roehampton University in 2014. 

*Volunteers interested in research or BSc, MSC, MRes or PhD students looking for research projects or placements: we have new opportunities for 2018/19.  Please email lilongwewildlife@gmail.com for more information.* 

YOU STILL HAVE TIME TO GIVE FOR CHRISTMAS

Looking for a unique gift for someone special this holiday season? There's still time to donate in honor of your favorite animal lover. Or sponsor a specific 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. You can also have it emailed directly to you to give them in person. Consider a gift that gives back this holiday season! 

Give here >

RARE BABOON SPOTTED IN VWAZA 

Our research team recently spotted this baby leucistic baboon in Vwaza. Leucism is an abnormal condition in which there is partial loss of pigmentation in an animal resulting in white, pale, or patchy coloration of the skin and hair but not the eyes. Unlike albinism, it is caused by a reduction in multiple types of pigment, not just melanin. A very rare and exciting sighting indeed!

ORPHAN SEASON IN FULL SWING 


The newest orphans to arrive at the Wildlife Centre. (From top left to right) Newport, a duiker rescued from being chased and used for bush meat. Ingrid, a vervet monkey rescued from the illegal pet trade. Jumanji, also a baby vervet rescued from the illegal pet trade. Neno, a duiker after she was rescued from being sold on the side of the road. All have had health checks and are being cared for by our amazing team and incredible volunteers! 
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