Carnivore Research Malawi - developing an evidence base for the conservation of carnivores outside protected areas in Malawi

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Project Details


Carnivores in Malawi are in decline due to persecution, habitat loss and conflict. Since 2011 through my project Carnivore Research Malawi I have been working to study and conserve carnivores through applied research, conservation education and outreach, and conflict mitigation.
Over half of global population growth by 2050 is expected to occur in Africa, and we believe the conservation front line is in the villages and communities. Our conservation ethos is therefore centred around promoting coexistence between carnivores and people, to enhance and conserve populations outside of protected areas.

Malawi is densely populated, which creates a landscape with few natural resources. Many carnivores live outside protected areas and exist in urban and peri-urban landscapes across the country. Little is known about carnivores in Malawi, especially outside of protected areas. My research focuses on filling knowledge gaps that exist in carnivore ecology to inform conflict mitigation measures and conserve populations outside protected areas and in urban centres.
Short title50000
Effective start/end date1/10/11 → …

Collaborative partners

  • University of Bath (lead)
  • Conservation Research Africa
  • Miami Zoo
  • Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • Department of National Parks and Wildlife Malawi
  • Kuti Wildlife Reserve
  • Kumbali Lodge
  • Wild Animal Initative

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


  • carnivores
  • carnivore ecology
  • urban ecology
  • urban carnivores
  • african carnivores
  • carnivore conservation
  • global environmental change
  • urbanisation
  • spotted hyaena
  • Crocuta crocuta
  • conservation biology


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