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IN THIS ISSUE:
  • Malawi's wildlife crime justice programme: the remarkable results
  • WERU zebra rescue in Kuti
  • School children hold a wildlife open day
  • The perfect Valentine's gift for that special someone 
  • Meet Lemmy, the baby vervet
  • The Wildlife Centre becomes a recycling hub
  • Research opportunities: calling all BSc, MSc, MRes and PhD students

2018 IMPACT IN NUMBERS

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

MALAWI'S WILDLIFE CRIME JUSTICE PROGRAMME IS PRODUCING RECORD RESULTS

A wildlife crime case review has highlighted the incredible impact of the new court initiatives - court monitoring and private-public prosecutions - that were introduced in 2016. While past sentencing amounted to an average $40 fine, the average sentence now stands at three years, with 80% of court-monitored cases and 100% of private prosecutions resulting in custodial sentences. Read more on these fantastic results here.

Illustrating just how far Malawi has come is a recent case that resulted in a total of 28 years behind bars. Two men in northern Malawi's Rumphi district were sentenced to 14 years each for possession of and dealing in two pieces of raw elephant ivory valued at just over $100,000.

A second on-going case involves five people - two Chinese nationals, a Zambian and two Malawians - who were arrested by the Wildlife Crime Investigations Unit in Lilongwe's Area 3 on December 17 with 21.5kg of ivory worth over $43,000. They have been charged with possession and dealing and are awaiting trial.

Our Wildlife Emergency Response Unit (WERU) was finally able to remove a snare wire from this zebra in Kuti Wildlife Reserve. She had outmaneuvered the team since last May! Fortunately, the snare was not tight, more bothersome than deadly. The team got help from vet students from Malawi as well as the US. As you'll see from the video, her zebra friends were not far off waiting for her. Thank you as ever to Born Free Foundation and Olsen Animal Trust for sponsoring WERU.

SCHOOL CHILDREN HOLD A WILDLIFE DAY

Children from Zolokere and Masato primary schools in northern Malawi's Rumphi district recently held a wildlife open day to educate their parents about the dangers of wildlife crime and the importance of wildlife conservation. Around 400 people attended the open day, where the children conveyed their environmental messages through drama, dance, songs and poetry recitals. Well done to all the children and teachers involved!

THE PERFECT GIFT FOR THAT SPECIAL SOMEONE

Looking for a unique gift this Valentine's Day? Why not adopt an animal in honor of your loved one, or even sponsor a project for them - 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. And the Wildlife Centre is also getting in on the Valentine's Day action. From February 14-18th, visitors can wander the romantic wilderness trails, take a sanctuary tour and do some couple's tree planting. There will even be roses for the ladies!

MEET BABY VERVET LEMMY

Four-month-old vervet Lemmy is one of the latest additions to the Wildlife Centre. A big thank you to our friends, Pakachere Backpackers & Creative Centre, who discovered some local children playing with her and called us. She was extremely exhausted when she was brought in but in reasonably good condition. Since then, she has been happily bouncing around in her new enclosure. She will eventually be integrated with a larger vervet troop at the Centre and released back into the wild. Great job to everyone involved!

THE WILDLIFE CENTRE BECOMES A RECYCLING HUB!

In the past, recycling in Malawi has been challenging due to a lack of programmes to collect and re-use waste products. But Lilongwe Wildlife Trust and ICCM (International Conservation and Clean up Management) have joined forces to create a recycling hub at the Wildlife Centre, where recyclables can now be dropped off any day of the week, from 8am to 5pm. Paper will be donated to LWT`s fuel briquette projects, while tins/cans, glass and plastic bottles, and plastic bags will go to ICCM`s sustainable construction projects. Email centre@lilongwewildlife.org or call +265 (0) 881 788999 for more information. Read more about the project here

CALLING ALL BSc, MSc, MRes AND PhD STUDENTS...

Are you looking for a research project?  Please come and join us in Malawi! The following placements are now available:  

> Elephant research project
> Primate conservation research project
> Samango monkey research project
> Conservation medicine

Request an information pack at lilongwewildlife@gmail.com or visit our website at https://www.lilongwewildlife.org/research-placements/

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