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IN THIS ISSUE:
  • A busy month for WERU!
  • Regulation of Species is great news for Malawi wildlife
  • Primate Conservation Course with Ian Redmond OBE
  • Animals skins seized near Zambian border
  • A happy ending for our bushbucks Maddie and Mutsi
  • Education programme expands its reach

2018 IMPACT IN NUMBERS

Thanks to your support, this is our impact to date this year...
THE BUSY LIFE OF A WILDLIFE VET!

February was a hectic month for our head vet Dr Amanda Salb. First she worked with African Parks on their historic translocation of lions from Majete to Liwonde National Park. Then she headed to Thuma Forest Reserve to help Wildlife Action Group Malawi collar some elephants, allowing them to be tracked if they leave the protected area in an effort to reduce human-wildlife conflict. And last week, she received a call about a trapped hyena trapped on the shorts of Lake Malawi. Amanda darted him, African Parks sent a helicopter and the young male was moved to Liwonde National Park. Great work by everyone involved and a big thank you as ever to the Born Free Foundation and Olsen Animal Trust for sponsoring our Wildlife Emergency Response Unit. Click here for more photos.

216 MORE SPECIES UNDER PROTECTION

There's been a big win 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, placing an additional 216 species considered threatened in Malawi under protection. The legislation compliments the National Parks and Wildlife Act, which came into effect in 2017, it was drafted with consultation from the top scientific, conservation and species experts in Malawi and the project was led by Lilongwe Wildlife Trust.

National law has now been integrated with international law and it allows the National Parks and Wildlife Act to be fully enforced, making it another important step in Malawi's fight against wildlife crime. Click here to read more.

SIGN UP TO OUR PRIMATE CONSERVATION COURSE WITH IAN REDMOND OBE

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 sites - Lilongwe Wildlife Centre, Vwaza Marsh Wildlife Reserve and Nyika National Park. Click here for more information. Places are limited so book now!

ANIMAL SKINS SEIZED IN MCHINJI

Wildlife crime and trafficking in Malawi isn't exclusive to ivory or rhino horn. Recently, Malawian Wilson Thole was found with animals skins and arrested in Mchinji, close to the Zambian border. He was charged with possession and dealing of 17 pieces - six duikers, two civets, one otter, one hyena, five genets, one serval and one baboon. Thole was found guilty of both charges and sentenced to two years behind bars. 

A HAPPY ENDING FOR MADDIE AND MUTSI

Bushbucks Maddie and Mutsi were brought to the Wildlife Centre at the end of 2016. Poachers were caught with Maddie while trying to escape Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, while Mutsi was being sold on the streets near Lilongwe airport. The bushbuck were raised and rehabilitated together and our volunteers have played a big part in their recovery. In February, with the support of DNPW and African Parks, it was time to release them back into Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve. The Wildlife Centre team caught both bushbuck and secured them safely in transport boxes for their trip. We drove Maddie and Mutsi to a remote area in the park, where both animals stepped calmly out of their boxes and made their way back to the wild. It was a successful release and a big thank you to everyone involved!

LWT'S CONSERVATION EDUCATION PROGRAMME CONTINUES TO GROW 

Increasing numbers of schools are joining LWT's conservation education programme,with 544 students from primary and secondary schools in Mzimba district receiving wildlife conservation and welfare and wildlife crime lessons. The children was so keen to engage further with wildlife conservation that they requested wildlife patrons/matron to be trained for their schools. Our educators also teamed up with DNPW's Nyika education and extension department to exhibit a series of 'experience the beauty of Malawi' cinema shows to three remote schools. The cinema provides the children with the opportunity to experience and appreciate the beauty and wildlife of Malawi. Read more about our education programme here.

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