7 day wildlife rehabilitation course, Malawi

“Join an intensive wildlife rehabilitation course at Malawi’s best sanctuary. All accommodation, meals and transfers included, with the option to extend the trip and volunteer. ”


Lilongwe | seven day course at one of Africa’s best wildlife sanctuaries | small participant numbers ensure tuition tailored to your experience | Kasungu National Park | all meals, accommodation and transfers included

Description of 7 day wildlife rehabilitation course, Malawi

Travel to one of Africa’s best wildlife centres for a seven-day course in wildlife rehabilitation. The course has been designed for students or graduates looking for practical knowledge and experience in wildlife rehabilitation, but we also welcome anyone with a willingness to learn and interest in wildlife! Numbers are deliberately kept small on each course, so that participants benefit from teaching carefully tailored to your level of experience.

Anyone attending this course is very welcome to extend their stay, or join us beforehand as part of our volunteer programme. Please get in touch and we can send further details.

Through a combination of theory and practical experience, this course provides an intensive introduction to wildlife rehabilitation. The course includes lectures, practical assignments and learning hands-on rehabilitation techniques, and there is also a field excursion to one of our release sites. The course is lead by our Sanctuary Manager, originally from Holland, who has over 15 years’ experience in wildlife rehabilitation work and has worked with numerous different species. The course covers these topic areas:

- Rescue and intake
- Disease screening and control
- Orphan care
- General rehabilitation techniques
- Animal capture and restraint
- Behavioural observation techniques
- Release and monitoring techniques

Regarded by top welfare and conservation bodies as one of Africa’s best sanctuaries, our centre has accreditations from PASA (Pan African Sanctuary Alliance), GFAS (Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries) and the Born Free Foundation. It is also the only wildlife sanctuary in Malawi, so its services are greatly needed and always in demand. Last year 254 individual animals were cared for here, including 77 rescues and 57 releases. Many of the animals we take in have been injured or orphaned because of the illegal pet and bush-meat trade, which is still active and widespread in Malawi.

Each animal is given the best possible care, tailored to its particular needs, by our experienced team of wildlife rehabilitators and veterinarians. Whenever possible we release the animal back into the wild – that is always our ultimate aim.

The costs include food, dorm accommodation, airport transfers, course materials, T-shirt and certificate. If you volunteer at the sanctuary before or after the course, you’ll earn a 20% discount on the standard price. Please ask for a volunteer pack to find out more.

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7 day wildlife rehabilitation course, Malawi

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Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world and has one of the fastest growing populations in Africa, placing natural resources under immense pressure. Wildlife crimes - such as the illegal ivory, bush-meat, pet and charcoal trades - impact both wild animal welfare as well as species conservation in Malawi, and also stand as one of the greatest threats to wildlife survival worldwide.

Our charity is dedicated to the protection of Malawi's wildlife and habitats.

The 3 pillars of our work are:

WILDLIFE RESCUE & RESEARCH: Alleviate suffering and keep wildlife in the wild wherever possible through the rescue and rehabilitation of wild animals, with associated research in turn applied to broader conservation initiatives.

ADVOCACY & ENFORCEMENT: Bring wildlife criminals to justice and deter others by putting wildlife crime on the national agenda, improving interception rates and strengthening legislation as well as its implementation.

CONSERVATION EDUCATION: Inspire people to care about and protect their natural heritage for the benefit of wildlife, local communities and future generations.


We employ over 60 members of the local community under the charity, and also build capacity through universities through training programmes similar to this one.

One of our goals as mentioned above is to inspire people to protect their natural heritage for the benefit of both people and wildlife. Education on wildlife welfare and conservation, wildlife crime, human-wildlife conflict, biodiversity and deforestation is delivered by our team at our wildlife sanctuary, in city schools and also in communities around protected areas across the country. We also produce TV and radio programming and run a number of national youth events. Our small scale community conservation projects have been introduced in response to the needs of individual communities we work with and include beekeeping, green fuels, afforestation and adult literacy.

These programmes not only contribute to conservation efforts but also help to promote sustainable livelihoods so that communities are living in harmony with their environment.

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