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IN THIS ISSUE:
  • Caught on camera: Lions in Vwaza
  • Detection dogs sniff out ivory at airport
  • Dramatic kudu bull rescue 
  • 'Giant' eagle owl on the mend
  • Thank you Chipiku...and Chance for Change

2018 IMPACT IN NUMBERS

Thanks to your support, this is our impact to date this year...
THE KING IS SPOTTED IN VWAZA

Our research team in Vwaza Marsh Wildlife Reserve hosted Biosphere Expeditions this month at the Malawi Research Institute - and look who they spotted on one of their camera traps! Lion tracks have been identified before, but this is the first ever lion to be captured on camera in Vwaza. Isn't he magnificent? They also recorded a leopard, two servals and a pair of honey badgers.  Find out more about our research volunteering placements here

DETECTION DOGS SNIFF OUT IVORY AT THE AIRPORT

The Wildlife Detection Dog Unit is getting stuck in to duties at Lilongwe’s Kamuzu International Airport and sniffed out this souvenir, found in a French tourist’s bag. It was sent off for testing and has been identified as ivory. Under Malawi law, elephants are a protected species and it is illegal to buy, sell or possess any elephant product without a licence. Those convicted can face up to 30 years in prison so be careful when you are buying souvenirs – don’t buy wild.

DRAMATIC KUDU RESCUE

The Wildlife Emergency Response Unit helped to rescue a 225kg kudu from the middle of the busy market town, Salima. The animal had drawn quite the crowd and had a few superficial injuries, but is now safely back in Kuti Wildlife Reserve. Watch the rather dramatic video here.

OUR 'LITTLE' GIANT EAGLE OWL
Giant, the baby giant eagle owl that was rescued from Blantyre, is making great progress. After a month of medications, intensive care and feeding, our 'little' owl has finally started eating by himself! He's no longer in intensive care, but is being closely monitored to make sure he doesn't relapse and the team have every hope of releasing him back into the wild. Orphan season is almost upon us, so if you're interested in volunteering please get in touch with Bright on lilongwewildlife@gmail.com for an information pack.

THANK YOU CHIPIKU...

We were over the moon to receive a surprise windfall donation of MK1,969,000 from Netrade Commodities, owners of Malawi's chain of Chipiku outlets. Special thanks to Peter Kemp, CEO of Chipiku, who no doubt had a hand in the recommendation.

...AND CHANCE FOR CHANGE

Last month, Chance for Change visited the Wildlife Centre for a voluntary clean up and helped us to clear litter from the trail path along Lingadzi River which runs through the sanctuary. Chance for Change work with and support young people whose lives are challenged by unemployment, coming into conflict with the law, or being trafficked or coerced into underage sex work or abusive relationships. Thank you for your hard work guys! There's still plenty of cleaning up to be done, so if anyone is interested in helping, please contact ian@lilongwewildlife.org.

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