Wildlife Monitoring & Research in Malawi

Company : Lilongwe Wildlife Trust
Duration: 4 weeks to 3 months
Approx Costs: 2000 to 3000+ £ Pound (UK)

This placement will give you an opportunity to spend time out in the field supporting critical wildlife monitoring work. You will collect data that makes a real difference to the knowledge and health of populations of cheetahs, lions, hyenas, leopards and more.

About monitoring

Monitoring is the collection of repeated observations over time and is an essential part of conservation. However, many protected areas in Malawi do not have the financial or personnel capacity to run long-term intensive monitoring projects. For this reason, we implement monitoring activities for habitats and species of special concern in partnership with the protected area’s managing entity. The overall goal of our biodiversity monitoring is to provide park management with ecologically sound data to inform management strategies. 

Location: Liwonde National Park

Liwonde National Park is located in Malawi’s Southern Region, a four-hour drive from the capital, Lilongwe. One of Malawi’s premiere game viewing sites, Liwonde is home to some of the country's largest elephant and black rhino populations. Situated on the famous Shire River, habitats are varied, from vast floodplains to cathedral mopane woodlands. In recent years Liwonde has been the host of wildlife translocations and reintroductions. It is now the top park in Malawi for carnivore sightings, most notably cheetahs and lions.

About Us

We are Malawi’s first and only wildlife sanctuary and environmental education facility. Our remit has grown in response to the emerging conservation challenges of the past decade and we focus on where we can deliver the greatest impact. Our mission is to save wildlife, campaign for conservation justice and inspire people to value and protect nature in Malawi. 

All of the money raised through our volunteering programme goes towards supporting our wildlife rescue and welfare work. It also supports our education and community projects which are essential for the future of conservation in Malawi and allows us to provide employment for local staff.

Your support enables us to provide food and essential medical care for the animals, as well as improving and implementing our rescue and rehabilitation projects to ensure their survival not only within the centre but also when they are released back into the wild.


Costs / Benefits

• 4 Weeks: £2,235
• 6 Weeks: £2,885
• 10 Weeks: £3,930
• 12 Weeks: £4,350

Prices Include:
• Accommodation
• All meals and unlimited tea and coffee
• Airport transfers (on a Tuesday) and all work-related transport
• Orientation and full support during your stay
Local sim card and t-shirt

Prices Exclude:
• Flights
• Visas
• Vaccinations
• Excursions, souvenirs, nights out, personal expenses, snacks etc

Booking / Enquiry

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