Majete Wildlife Reserve Malawi
Until relatively recently Majete Wildlife Reserve in Malawi had been devastated and empty of wildlife save for a few remaining antelope. Rhinos had been eradicated in the 1970s due to poaching as was the elephant: the last individual elephant from a herd of over 300 was poached out in 1992. Predators and their prey had gone and even the tress and flora had been damaged. Tourism was non existent and subsequently so were tourist revenues. There were only 12 rangers patrolling a decimated park. Fortunately, African Parks entered onto a agreement with Majete in 2003 and this beautiful reserve has been brought back from the brink and is now thriving.
- Majete Wildlife Reserve has been restocked making it a Big Five Reserve and the prime wildlife destination in Malawi. More than 2,500 animals have been reintroduced to the park including lion, black rhino, elephant, leopard, antelope, impala and buffalo.
- By 2017 the elephant population has grown from zero to 430. 200 elephants were relocated from Majete to Nkhotakota to help populate that reserve, part of the 500 elephants initiative.
- Not one rhino or elephant has been poached in Mejete since 2003 due to effective law enforcement and engagement with local communities.
- The infrastructure of the area as been positively enhanced to include schools, health centres and roads resulting in a transformed local economy and a rise in employment.
- Local children who would otherwise not be able to go to school can now take advantage of a local scholarship scheme to enable them to attend.
- Tourism is experiencing a heathy increase with a 10% rise from 2015 to 2016. A malaria prevention and research centre was constricted in 2014 with the aim of reducing case sof malaria by 80% by the end of 2018.