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IN THIS ISSUE:
  • LWC's new baby duiker, Mushu
  • Malawi's very first wildlife detection dogs
  • Students say no to plastic for World Environment Day
  • MPCC holds anti-corruption workshop
  • Our first ever honey harvest!
  • WERU's pangolin rescue 

2018 IMPACT IN NUMBERS

Thanks to your support, this is our impact to date this year...
BABY DUIKER RESCUED FROM WILDLIFE TRADE

This adorable little duiker is Mushu, who was rescued from the illegal wildlife trade last month. When she came into the Wildlife Centre, Mushu weighed just 2.6kg and was lethargic, with a very high temperature. To minimise her stress and limit her exposure to people, we gave Mushu access to an enclosure with lots of vegetation to hide behind and only two members of our rehabilitation team are looking after her. We're pleased to report that Mushu is doing well in her new home. Huge thanks to our trustee Bev for helping us rescue her.
MALAWI'S VERY FIRST WILDLIFE DETECTION DOGS

You've probably seen on Facebook and Instagram that Malawi's wildlife detection dogs arrived at the beginning of June. Max, Nikita, Buba and Tim and their handlers are busy with their training, with the dogs being taught to sniff out ivory, rhino horn, pangolin scales, bushmeat, ammunition and other contraband. Stay tuned for more exciting news about the dogs in the coming months.
STUDENTS SAY NO TO PLASTIC FOR WORLD
ENVIRONMENT DAY


On June 5th, students from local schools took part in World Environment Day at Lilongwe Wildlife Centre, with this year’s theme, 'Beat Plastic Pollution', focusing on the global issue of plastic litter. We invited 120 students from schools in the local area to come together and join us in a variety of activities which promoted recycling and sustainable use of plastic. This included fun recycling games, briquette-making, and roadside litter picks. The plastic collected from the litter picks was then used to make Ecobricks, plastic bottles which are tightly packed with plastic rubbish, such as food wrappers and plastic bags, to form building blocks. You can read more about Ecobricks and World Environment Day here.

MPCC HOLDS ANTI-CORRUPTION WORKSHOP

The Malawi Parliamentary Conservation Caucus (MPCC) held an anti-corruption meeting last month, with the aim to strengthen and empower amended laws, regulations and policies to mitigate poaching and illegal wildlife trade, and advance wildlife conservation. The MPCC is a multiparty coalition of MPs committed to conservation and natural resource-based economic growth. It is open to any member of parliament and currently has over 35 members from all represented parties. During the meeting, opportunities for collaboration in enforcement against wildlife and forest crime were identified and lessons were shared from the implementation of the 2017 Wildlife Act to aid with the passing of the new Forestry Act during the next parliamentary sitting. Read the latest MPCC newsletter here.

BUSY BEES PRODUCE A SWEET RESULT!

We were very excited when, last month, our first ever beehive harvest resulted in 10kg of honey! Our beekeeping has been implemented through the Lilongwe Nature Sanctuary community group, who have been trained in beekeeping and basic business management as part of the project. The honey is currently being sold at Lilongwe Wildlife Centre’s gift shop for K2,000, with plans to extend the market to neighbouring communities as the harvest increases, providing the community group with a source of income and food. Read more about the project and how it aids conservation here

NEW START FOR RESCUED PANGOLIN

There was another pangolin rescue last month, with the Wildlife Emergency Response Unit (WERU) called out to receive one of the endangered animals, which had been confiscated by police near the Mozambique border in Ntcheu district. Luckily, this pangolin was in great health and WERU immediately released her into a remote part of one of Malawi's national parks. 

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