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IN THIS ISSUE:
  • Samango monkey research off to a flying start
  • Ivory and elephant bones seized
  • Community sensitisation workshop in Rumphi
  • Meet our vervets Wasp and Sting
  • Fundraise for Malawi's wildlife!
  • Join our Wildlife Justice Internship

2018 IMPACT IN NUMBERS

Thanks to your support, this is our impact to date this year...
MONKEY BUSINESS IN SALIMA

Our samango monkey research project is up and running after a successful first few weeks surveying Lifuwu Hill in Salima. The project will assess the occupancy and density of samangos in Malawi and results will be used to inform conservation management of the species. Nearly 40 samangos have been spotted so far, including two groups of 10 individuals. A big thanks to Kumbali Lake Retreat for sponsoring our stay. Now it's on to Ntchisi Forest Reserve for the next set of data collection, followed by Nyika National Park in the coming months. Fancy joining this great project, gaining experience in primate research and seeing some of the most beautiful parts of Malawi? Find out more here or email lilongwewildlife@gmail.com 
IVORY AND ELEPHANT BONES SEIZED IN LILONGWE

Malawian national McDonnie Siwande was recently arrested in Lilongwe and found with 4.33kg of raw ivory (two elephant tusks) worth MK 3,524,620 ($4,890). He was charged with possession and dealing of a listed species and sentenced to two years imprisonment with hard labour by the Senior Resident Magistrate Court in Lilongwe. In a second case, another Malawian, Jafali Gunde, was arrested in Lilongwe and also found to be in possession of elephant parts - in this instance, elephant bones. While the bones do not fetch as much as ivory on the international illegal market, they are still part of a listed species under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 2017, and therefore the penalty remains the most serious - a custodial sentence of up to 30 years, with no option of a fine. Gunde was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment with hard labour at the same court.

SENSITISATION WORKSHOPS TAKE PLACE IN RUMPHI

A community sensitisation law enforcement workshop was carried out in Rumphi to teach the local community about the new National Parks and Wildlife Act (2017). The programme focused on the impact that wildlife crime has on protected areas and the animals living within them, emphasising the measures that have been put in place to reduce the high rates of poaching. The workshop attracted 63 participants, including Natural Resources College members, community police representatives, local leaders and officials from DNPW. Read more about the work of our Protected Area Environmental Education Programme (PEEP) here. 

MEET WASP AND STING

Meet Wasp and Sting, two vervet monkeys who were recently brought to the Centre. Both victims of the illegal wildlife trade, Wasp was confiscated from a seller and came to the Wildlife Centre all the way from Rumphi, while Sting was unfortunately kept as a pet and had lots of interaction with people, which shows in the way he behaves. The rehabilitation team is currently working to integrate the two vervets, so that they can learn how to socialise with each other. 

FUNDRAISE FOR MALAWI'S WILDLIFE

One of our ex-volunteers recently jumped out of a plane at 15,000ft to raise money for Lilongwe Wildlife Trust! Louise bravely took to the skies over beautiful Wanaka in New Zealand and raised an incredible £750 for us - an amount that will allow us to de-snare 10 elephants or feed a rescued baboon for nearly a year. But you don't have to throw yourself out of a plane to raise money for Malawi's wildlife - why not sign up for a run, bike or hike, put on a wine or cocktail party or hold a garage sale? Your support is so important to us - every little helps and no amount is too small! You can find out more and download our fundraising kit here. Thank you!


We've just launched our new Wildlife Justice Internship, ideal for law students or graduates who want to enhance their knowledge and gain valuable practical experience in an exciting, fast-growing area of law. Interns will get involved in drafting submission templates, analysing data, policy and advocacy and legal research. They will also have the opportunity to work on wildlife campaigns, community outreach and education programmes. Please click here for more information, or email lilongwewildlife@gmail.com
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