Malawi is home to some of Africa’s most diverse and stunning wildlife including elephants, rhino, leopard, wild dog, wild pigs and rare species of otter. Sadly Malawi’s wildlife is in massive decline. Habitat destruction, human-wildlife conflict, poaching, the pet trade and the international wildlife trade are all contributing to the decrease in wild animal populations.
Lilongwe Wildlife Centre was set up in 2007 as a People and Wildlife Centre, the first of its kind in the world. It is situated in the heart of Lilongwe, Malawi’s Capital city and spans over 120 hectare wilderness area. This volunteer organization in Africa aims to provide wild animal rescue, a sanctuary for orphaned animals, rehabilitation and act as an education facility with far-reaching community outreach.
The Wilderness Reserve has a unique biodiversity with animals such as hyena, crocodiles and numerous insect species as well as a diverse plant life of hardwood trees and orchids. Maintaining and improving the environment is vital in the ongoing success of the reserve and community education projects are crucial for long term sustainable conservation efforts.
This project provides you with the perfect opportunity to volunteer with animals abroad. You will have the opportunity to shadow the wildlife veterinarian with health checks, operations, darting animals and treating injuries as well as caring for over 250 rescued animals, including carnivores, primates, mammals, reptiles, birds and antelopes.
Rescued baby animal orphans are rehabilitated and released back into the wild once they have reached a satisfactory level of health and independence. In addition to the general animal care duties there are some seasonal projects you may find yourself involved in such as lion and primate integration.
With the release program, the centre successfully released a troop of yellow baboons and is continuing with the release of a troop of Vervet Monkeys.