Lilongwe Wildlife Trust looking for Volunteers to research Samango Monkeys in Malawi
Lilongwe Wildlife Trust is a charity in Malawi responsible for running the famous Lilongwe Wildlife Centre and is active in combating wildlife crime, whilst boosting conservation nationwide.
Volunteer places have just become available on their Samango monkey research project, which was launched in May 2018.
The Samango project is the first of its kind in Malawi and assesses populations of Samango monkeys that are spread across the country using a variety of innovative techniques.
Their goal is to identify and study the impact of habitat change on this unique and fascinating species. Not only that, but the results that the researchers gather will be used to inform wider conservation management for the Samangos and help to combat the human-wildlife conflict in Malawi.
The voluntary position is a really unique and exciting opportunity to gain hands-on conservation experience, whilst working in the most beautiful field sites that Malawi has to offer.
Working beside a small team of expert researchers, you will be exposed to a wide variety of field research techniques and activities, gaining invaluable experience, learning new skills, and really making a difference!
There are no requirements or specific qualifications or experience required other than a keen interest in research and conservation, a positive “can-do” attitude, a willingness to get stuck in and learn, and a real enthusiasm for really getting involved and making a difference.
If that sounds like you, and you can commit to at least four weeks in Malawi, then contact the Lilongwe Wildlife Trust here.
The Lilongwe Wildlife Trust
Set in a forest reserve in the heart of the capital city, the award winning Wildlife Centre, a project of the Lilongwe Wildlife Trust, is open to both volunteers and visitors.
It is Malawi’s only wildlife sanctuary, caring for over 200 animals rescued mostly from the illegal pet and bushmeat trades, and is widely regarded in welfare circles as one of Africa’s best run facilities.
Day visitors can take a 1 hour guided tour of the sanctuary, spotting the animals and learning about the charity’s work, or walk the 4km of nature trails winding along the river through the reserve which is home to antelopes, crocodiles and over 150 species of bird. There’s also a bar, restaurant, playground and gift shop. Large groups (8+) can pre-book a conservation session with the education team too.
Volunteers can join programmes form 2 to 12 weeks at the Lilongwe Wildlife Centre, with tailored experiences that focus purely on animal care or incorporate time spent on the Lilongwe Wildlife Trust’s other projects around the country such as education, community outreach, conservation medicine and behavioural research. Whilst those looking to put their existing skills to use are very welcome, no experience is necessary as full training is provided.
To find out more about positions with the Lilongwe Wildlife Trust, take a look at the further details here.
Original article published by Malawi Tourism.