Hyaena Translocation Project

The capital city of Malawi (Lilongwe) has a healthy population of urban spotted hyaena (Crocuta crocuta). However, hyaenas are often maligned and suffer from a lack of understanding through a history of negative local myths and legends. This is often compounded when hyaenas come into close contact with humans such as in Lilongwe, where they are often feared.


In June 2014 CRM were contacted by DNPW about increasing fear and conflict between local communities and a specific hyaena clan occupying the city. The clan was at high risk and in a collaborative effort with many discussions it was decided that the clan should be captured and safely relocated to a National Park away from local communities.


In partnership with WERU, LWT, DNPW and Central African Wilderness Safaris we captured a clan of four animals from Lilongwe and conducted a conservation translocation into Liwonde National Park in April 2015. The clan were fitted with tracking collars and the CRM research team have been monitoring their progress along side the existing hyaena clan in LNP. We are assessing spatial and social behaviour, clan interactions and survival.


We take volunteers for this project based in Liwonde National Park. Volunteers will be conducting radio tracking and behavioural observations of hyaena at night from the project vehicle to assess spatial behaviour and survival. See our volunteer page for more information and to apply.

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