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IN THIS ISSUE:
  • 18 years in prison for rhino poacher/trafficker
  • Ivory factory exposed: trafficker gets 7 years
  • WERU de-snares 2 elephants in 24 hours
  • Beauty returns to the wild
  • Update on Bella & Simba
  • Orphan fundraising campaign gets matching donor!  
  • 79 teachers graduate from Perivoli program

2017 IMPACT IN NUMBERS

Thanks to your support, 2017 is going well so far...

18 YEARS IN PRISON FOR RHINO POACHER/ TRAFFICKER

A record prison sentence of 18 years was handed down to a man convicted of poaching a rhino in Liwonde National Park and attempting to traffic the rhino horn.  The poachers had used an AK47 to gun down the poor rhino before hacking off its horn, which was located soon after the discovery of the carcass using tracking technology.  His two accomplices, one being his father, were sent down for 10 and 8 years each.  It’s the first time that the new Wildlife Act has been applied, and it’s very encouraging to see the courts using the weight of the law to treat wildlife crime seriously.  Congratulations to all involved. 

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'IVORY FACTORY' EXPOSED: TRAFFICKER GETS 7 YEARS IN PRISON

On 26th December 2016, Winston Humba was arrested at his ivory ‘factory’ in Malawi’s capital of Lilongwe.  Heavy-duty machinery had been used to process raw ivory into smaller pieces for easier air transport to addresses in Thailand and Malaysia and 126 kg of offcuts were found littering the floor, reportedly the leftovers from a larger 475kg consignment that was illegally transported from Zambia. 
 
Humba was a notorious ivory trafficker who had been implicated in several other wildlife trafficking crimes in recent years and the arrest came after months of intelligence-led investigations. The case took another 10 months to come to court due to various adjournments and interference, but the result was worth the wait - 7 years in prison, no option of a fine.   

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WERU DE-SNARES TWO ELEPHANTS IN 24 HOURS

The Wildlife Emergency Response Unit was called out to Liwonde National Park to remove snares from two elephants - both in the space of 24 hours. That's quite a feat since they had to be tracked via helicopter then darted from above, before the snares are removed and the wounds cleaned.  An amazing job by the team once again!  A big thank you, as ever, to our sponsors, Born Free and Olsen Animal Trust.

BEAUTY RETURNS TO THE WILD

After four years at the Wildlife Centre, a duiker named Beauty was finally released back into the wild where he belongs. Our rescue and rehabilitation team released Beauty inside Liwonde National Park to start his new life. Thanks to African Parks for their support. 

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BELLA & SIMBA UPDATE

Our iconic lions Bella and Simba, who swapped a life of deprivation in a zoo and circus for a life in Africa, are getting older and now need even more special care.

As we move into a new phase of the lives of these exceptional lions, we are saddened at the thought that they may not be with us forever – but Born Free, Lilongwe Wildlife Trust and our partners and sponsors are proud to have been able to give them a good quality of life for so long, away from the cruelty they experienced in their early life.

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DOUBLE YOUR IMPACT TODAY! 

Our orphan season fundraising campaign is in full swing and we are so excited to share that our friends at Olsen Animal Trust have become a matching donor - up to $5,000! 

Every donation we receive will be doubled!

So far we've been able to raise $2,000 towards our $10,000 goal - but there is still time to help us reach our goal! We need to raise money for milk, medicine, new equipment, and supplies for this year's orphaned wildlife. 

Please consider donating or fundraising today! Every little bit helps and will now be doubled!

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79 TEACHERS GRADUATE FROM PERIVOLI PROGRAMME

In our first year partnering with Perivoli Schools Trust, we recently hosted the graduation of 79 trained teachers . Their mission is to show nursery school teachers how to stimulate their young charges by using everyday waste materials as teaching aids. 

Once we learnt about the simplicity and effectiveness of their programme, we were thrilled to be appointed as their implementing partner in Malawi and look forward to helping them grow the programme and replicate their successes they have already achieved in Namibia.

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