In 2007, with the support of the Born Free Foundation, the Lilongwe Wildlife Trust (LWT) launched their flagship project, the Lilongwe Wildlife Centre. Since then, and with our ongoing support, LWT has gone from strength to strength – today it stands as Malawi’s leading wildlife welfare and conservation charity.
Equipped with the Wildlife Emergency Response Unit, established in partnership with the Department of National Parks and Wildlife, the Lilongwe Wildlife Trust is a lifeline for wild animals in distress. The team responds to and provides emergency treatment to individual animals - rehabilitating them and, wherever possible, releasing them back into the wild where they belong. In 2017 alone, they performed an astounding 89 animal rescues and released 67 animals back into the wild.
That’s not all! LWT is also involved with numerous wildlife research projects, with a focus on primates, elephants and carnivores, covering topics such species conservation, disease screening and the release of captive wildlife. Through education and advocacy initiatives, LWT works with local government, schools and other organisations to inspire and empower people to safeguard their natural heritage for future generations. Their work doesn’t end there, LWT play a vital role in tackling illegal wildlife trade in Malawi. In 2017, a record number of wildlife trafficking arrests and seizures were made through LWT-supported investigations and intelligence units, with sentences of up to 18 years passed for wildlife trafficking.
Having supported this project for so many years it is remarkable to see the incredible impact LWT is having for wild animals. You can read more about their achievements in their 2017 Impact Report.