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IN THIS ISSUE:
  • Genets head back to the wild
  • Fuel briquettes: combating deforestation through sustainable livelihoods
  • The Wildlife Centre gets a prickly visitor
  • Malawi's next generation of vets learn about wildlife medicine
  • Ivory seized in Lilongwe
  • Education team besieged by eager students in Kasungu

2018 IMPACT IN NUMBERS

Thanks to your support, this is our impact to date this year...
GENETS START THEIR JOURNEY BACK TO THE WILD

Our two genets, David and Kristoph, are on their way back to the wild where they belong. After undergoing a pre-release check at Lilongwe Wildlife Centre, which included taking blood and tissue samples and giving them rabies vaccinations, the genets were fitted with tracking collars, funded by our partners Carnivore Research Malawi. These collars will enable us to collect data on their habitat and range size. David and Kristoph were then moved into CRM's pre-release enclosure, where they will stay for three weeks to acclimatise to their new surroundings and learn predatory behaviour. 

A SUSTAINABLE ALTERNATIVE TO CHARCOAL

Malawi has one of the highest rates of deforestation in the world - and the highest in the SADC region - and one of the biggest contributors is the use of charcoal in urban areas. Our fuel briquette project uses recyclable materials and offers people a sustainable alternative to traditional fuels, such as charcoal. The production of these briquettes generates income for a group of local widows, who are also taught key business skills. If you'd like to start using fuel briquettes, you can buy them from Lilongwe Wildlife Centre. Read more about the project here.

THE WILDLIFE CENTRE GETS A PRICKLY VISITOR

This southern African hedgehog landed at Lilongwe Wildlife Centre after being confiscated from road-side vendors. Hedgehogs are not regarded as the most glamourous of Africa's animals, but populations are in decline in Malawi and the Wildlife Centre is a sanctuary for any wild animal in need. After a check up by our vets, this lucky hedgehog was returned to the urban wild. It is illegal in Malawi to sell any wild animal as a pet without a licence, so please report any incidences of this on 088 44 88 999.

MALAWI'S NEXT GENERATION OF VETS LEARN ABOUT WILDLIFE MEDICINE

As part of our commitment to build local capacity, LWT's veterinary team delivered a wildlife medicine course to students at Malawi's Bunda College, as part of the student's fourth-year veterinary curriculum. Among other things, students practised manual white blood cell samples from a serval and also visited Kuti Wildlife Reserve to learn about LWT's Clinical Projects in One Health, where they had a go at telemetry tracking. 

RAW IVORY SEIZED IN LILONGWE

Just over 144kg of ivory has been seized by authorities so far this year, with 7kg recently recovered from five men arrested in Lilongwe. C.F. Shaibu, M.Itendo, J.Maluwa, M.Nthewele and H.Gwedeza were found with four pieces of raw ivory, valued at K10,212,000 ($16,626) and were charged with possession of and dealing in a listed species. C.F. Shaibu died before the trial, but the other four denied all charges. Despite this, Nthewele was found guilty of possession and all four of the accused were found guilty of dealing. On May 18th, Nthewele was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment with hard labour (IHL) on the first count of possession and all four were sentenced to 18 months IHL on the second count of dealing.

EDUCATION TEAM BESIEGED BY EAGER STUDENTS

Last month, Lilongwe Wildlife Trust's Protected Area Environmental Education Programme (PEEP) visited Chasomba Primary School in Kasungu to deliver lessons on wildlife crime and the impacts it can have on the environment and local communities. The plan was to deliver the lesson to the 31 members of the school's wildlife club, but word spread and instead around 400 pupils turned up. What a great turn out!

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