The Malilangwe Trust’s vision is of holistic conservation, where every species is considered important to the functioning of our ecosystems – from our natural composting agents, the dung beetles, to the more conspicuous habitat engineers, the elephant.
Our principal conservation objective is, “to restore and sustain the historic biodiversity of the Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve”. To do this, the Trust has adopted a scientific approach to conservation, with management practice being underpinned by rigorous scientific research that is conducted by the Trust’s Research Department. Research is directed at understanding how the Malilangwe ecosystem works and findings are used by the Wildlife Department to tailor management activities that ensure the functioning of ecological processes and the conservation of the area’s natural biodiversity.
The Malilangwe Widlife Reserve is blessed with incredible geological variability and a diversity of habitats that enables it to support an exceptionally rich assortment of wildlife species. The reserve boasts some 17 different species of antelope, 14 species of eagle and over 400 different bird species! Apart from Malilangwe’s flagship rhino reintroduction program, the Trust has sought to reintroduce locally extinct species and, where necessary, boost populations of existing low density species. The successful reintroduction of Lichtensteins Hartebeest at the reserve is an example of this and while not yet at the densities reported historically, the trends are highly encouraging. In total, the Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve plays host to 16 critically endangered, endangered, threatened and near threatened species, including iconic species such as Black and White Rhino, African Wild Dog, Lichtensteins Hartebeest and Cheetah.