There’s a forgotten forest between Llongwe and Salima in Malawi. Here Lynn and her team of ranger scouts have seen real wildlife conservation success. From zero elephants and other game a little over a decade ago to a thriving elephant population of more than 140 elephants at the last count.
Here’s recent news from Lynn
A few highlights for what’s been happening here in the Thuma Forest.
1. A gun poacher arrested and sentenced to 4.5 years. A fantastic outcome. This man was hunting for small game and caught before he managed to kill anything. The firearm belonged to another who we also tracked down and arrested. His license was revoked and the firearm taken from him. One less deadly weapon in the hands of poachers.
2. I have attached 2 photos (above and below) of some new additions to our elephant population. This was taken last week. The elephant herds are doing well with many calves. We are conducting an animal count at the end of this month, and am very excited to see the new figures.
3. We are installing a new Radio communications system this month which will improve comms in the field and greatly assist us to monitor and manage the park and of course assist rangers in the field.
4. We will extend the fence around Thuma before the end of the year, which will mean Thuma is completely fenced. A dream come through.
5. Ranger and staff accommodation has been upgraded with smashing rooms for all staff.
6. Plans for our eco tourist project is almost finished and building will commence before the end of the year. It will be very beautiful and there will be no excuse for you not to visit us soon.
7. I just celebrated my 9th year in Malawi at Thuma Forest. I still live in a grass hut with mud floors and am still extremely happy and love my work.
I sat back to remember how it was and how it is today. It’s like chalk and cheese! It’s really as if we are in a different forest. Of course we still have much to do, but sometimes it is good to look back and appreciate the achievements to date.
Our journey of protection and restoration has been slow and very hard at times, but we would not be here without your and others generous support. Thank you so very much.
We thank you Lynn! Thank you and your team of Ranger Scouts for all you do for the elephants, their home and the people in the Thuma Forest. This is for sure… real wildlife conservation success!
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