From us all at Lilongwe Wildlife Centre we just wanted to say a huge thanks to the volunteers that joined us this Christmas and worked so hard to help us through such a busy time. Whilst many of you at home were relaxing with family and friends enjoying your holidays our industrious team were experiencing a rather different kind of ‘break’. Clearly a change is as good as a rest though – even those who worked through the night looking after our sick or orphaned animals would still greet us next morning with a smile on their face!
First there was the tough animal care work, cleaning, feeding and ‘enriching’ the lives of our various residents (of which there are presently 259), which most volunteers get stuck into for a couple of weeks lending a much needed helping hand and also giving them some very intense experience in animal husbandry. For example, quarantine (where every new arrival has to spend at least 30 days under observation) is packed to the rafters at the moment with orphaned and injured animals ranging from duikers and porcupines to falcons and baby baboons – those volunteers that have worked with quarantine head and ‘Clean Queen’ Maggie in past months and years will know that you have to be slightly crazy and have an excellent sense of humour to work there!