Good wildlife news from Malawi, Africa


This 2 December 2019 video about Malawi says about itself:

How Wildlife Is Bouncing Back In This African Park | National Geographic

When Tizola Moyo started as a ranger in 1993, Majete Wildlife Reserve was devoid of any wildlife. Now, with the help of the park’s rangers and community collaboration, it’s flourishing.

Many elephants moved in Malawi


This August 2016 Dutch language video shows the biggest transport of elephants ever.

500 elephants had to move from one national park to another one.

Baby rhino saved from snare in Malawi


This video from South Africa says about itself:

Black Rhino Cow Tries To Revive Dead Calf

8 February 2013

Black Rhino grieves over her dead calf and tries to revive it after it was struck by lightning.

From LILONGWE NEWS blog in Malawi:

BABY RHINO DE-SNARED

14 August 2015

Today we received this update from our partners at the Lilongwe Wildlife Trust in Malawi.

A poor little [black] rhino calf was caught in a snare in Liwonde National Park in Malawi, but luckily Lilongwe Wildlife Trust’s wildlife emergency response unit (WERU) were on hand to help.

Kate Moore tells us more about the operation:

After four days of tracking the team finally had the opportunity to dart the mother, Namatunu, allowing the team to sedate the calf, believed to be just a few months old, and work on removing the snare. The snare had become embedded around the baby’s foot.

WERU’s lead vet Amanda Salb cleaned up the wound, which was very deep, and gave antibiotics to avoid infection. The team also found out that the calf was a ‘she’…nice to know! A VHF transmitter was then attached to her tail so that she can be monitored to make sure the injury heals properly and she experiences no further problems as a result. Once awake, both mother and daughter were seen leaving the area together and have been spotted doing well since then.

Wire snares are set by poachers to catch buffalo and antelope so they can sell the meat, but other wildlife such as elephant, rhino and lions are regularly caught accidentally as snaring is indiscriminate in their action.

The operation took a lot of teamwork from Lilongwe Wildlife Trust, Department of National Parks and Wildlife, CAWS, Cluny Wildlife Trust and African Parks, as well as the Born Free sponsored vehicle, so congratulations to everyone involved!

Wildlife reserves in Malawi under new management


This 10 May 2015 video is called Birds and Animals at Vwasa Lodge, Malawi.

From Wildlife Extra:

African Parks takes over Liwonde NP and Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve in Malawi

African Parks, the non-profit organisation that takes responsibility for the rehabilitation and long-term management of national parks and protected areas in partnership with governments and local communities, has concluded an agreement with the government of Malawi to manage and operate Liwonde National Park and Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve for 20 years.

The agreement follows an application and evaluation process administered by the Public Private Partnership Commission in which African Parks emerged as the preferred partner to manage the two protected areas.

Liwonde National Park, located in the southern Malawi is 548[k]m² in size and consists of woodland, floodplains, grasslands, and lagoon. It supports the largest remaining population of elephants in the country as well as one of two populations of black rhino.

Other mammal species include: hippo, hyena, buffalo, warthog, several antelope species and more than 400 bird species. Lions were once commonplace and the healthy populations of other large mammals will allow for the quick reintroduction of predators.

Liwonde’s tourism offerings include the luxury Mvuu Lodge and family-friendly Mvuu Camp run by Central African Wilderness Safaris, as well as the rustic Liwonde Safari Camp.

Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, located in the central region of Malawi is 1,800 km² in size, lying within the miombo woodland zone. It is a major catchment area for Lake Malawi.

Although a depleted park, it still has remnant populations of elephant, warthog, baboon, and various antelope species as well as 280 bird species. Well managed, it has the potential to become an important area for elephant conservation in Malawi.

Black rhino, lion, cheetah and wild dog once existed but are now all locally extinct. Tongole Wilderness Lodge offers guests a luxury wilderness experience, Bua River Lodge offers moderately priced accommodation. There is also a campsite on Chipata Mountain used by self-drive visitors.

“We are excited about the mandate granted to us by the Ministry Of Information, Tourism and Culture and are encouraged about the potential of both projects,” said Peter Fearnhead, African Parks CEO.

“Our aim is to completely restore the biodiversity in both Liwonde and Nkhotakota, enhance the tourism product and experience, reduce the extensive human-wildlife conflict, ensure the sustainable use of natural resources and contribute to the socio economic development of local communities living around the two areas.

“This will be achieved through an $18m investment in the two parks over a five year period, made possible by a few key partners of African Parks”.

Dutch wildlife criminal jailed


This video says about itself:

Stop Wildlife Crime. Protect Malawi’s Wildlife

8 April 2015

Stop Wildlife Crime. Protect Malawi’s Wildlife – a joint initiative between Lilongwe Wildlife Trust and the Department of National Parks & Wildlife.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands today:

A 54-year-old man from Woerden was sentenced to fifteen months in prison, five months suspended, for illegal pet trade. The court in Utrecht also fined him, 2,000 euros.

P. traded extensively in animals, like Philippine falconets, ring-tailed lemurs and leopards. He brought them to Europe from all directions. To get this done, he was guilty of forgery of documents, says the court. The Woerden man, eg, used the ‘zoo route’, in which zoos were mentioned as fake destinations.

Excreta

In a shed owned by P. police found in 2012 a large number of animals in horrible conditions. They were in dirty cages and in their food and water bowls were droppings.

International Young Conservationist Award for Malawi woman


This video is about wildlife in Malawi.

From BirdLife:

International Young Conservationist Award for Malawi BirdLife Partner volunteer

By Adrian Long, Wed, 19/11/2014 – 14:07

The International Young Conservationist Award has been given to Tiwonge I Mzumara-Gawa, a PhD student at the University of KwaZulu Natal and a volunteer Conservation and Research officer for the Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi (WESM) – the BirdLife Partner in Malawi. She has been key in assessing threatened species and IBAs in Malawi and also coordinates a garden bird count.

Speaking at the World Parks Congress, being held in Sydney, Australia, Tiwonge said:

“I am feel truly blessed and honoured to receive this award, which is really for the amazing team of people with whom I work with. It’s humbling to know that the work we are doing in Malawi can be recognized at such an international stage! It’s really given us the ‘wings to fly’ and given us the encouragement to do even more for Malawi’s birds in the coming years.’

The International Young Conservationist Award is a joint initiative of the International Ranger Federation (IRF) and the International Union for the Conservation of NatureWorld Commission on Protected Areas (IUCN/ WCPA). The Award aims to recognise and raise awareness of the outstanding contributions made by young people to the conservation of protected areas; it honours their efforts and their passion, dedication and commitment.

It also seeks to encourage young professionals and, by presenting the award at a global conservation event, provides them with an opportunity to develop networks to enable them to further enhance their efforts. Recipients of the award are invited to join the IUCN WCPA Young Professionals Group and are invited to be on the IRF’s mailing list.