In the centre of Malawi are two Forest Reserves, Thuma and Dedza-Salima. Together they span no less than 50,000 hectares.
Animals suffered from heavy poaching and elephants even avoided the area until the Wildlife Action Group Malawi stepped in and took over management of the area.
Under the guidance of Miss Lynn Clifford, WAG Malawi started training their own group of scouts to protect the wildlife in Thuma Forest.
The project was so successful that WAG Malawi was granted the management of the adjacent Dedza-Salima Forest Reserve.
Together with stopping illegal poaching of african wildlife directly in the reserves, the project works holistically with local communities to help protect and conserve the forest and wildlife through education, wildlife law enforcement and income generating activities.
As a result, in the last 10 years poaching pressure has reduced significantly, wildlife numbers have increased, elephants have returned and the buffalos, previously split up in small groups of 3 to 4 animals to escape the poaching pressure, now form natural herds again.
Volunteers from Europe have been deployed to supervise and assist with the construction of roads, scout- and volunteer accommodation as well as conducting game counts, biological surveys and taking part in the scout training.
And by implementing conservation micro-projects in the communities around Thuma, W.A.G. targets to make its conservation efforts to be of the benefit of both people and wildlife.
Nowadays the area is populated again by elephants, buffalo, antilope species, leopards, hyenas, baboons, monkeys and a variety of birds.
Now that poaching has been brought under control, wildlife reintroductions are being planned. In the first phase zebra, sable antilope and waterbuck will be released in 2018.
You can help by making a donation to this project, so WAG Malawi can pay for scouts, fences and the needed reintroduction of wildlife species.
You can also become a volunteer and help with logistics and action on the ground.
Tourists can visit the reserve and by doing so help WAG Malawi financially as well.
For more information, visit their website