Archive for ‘conservation’

Lynn Clifford profile in EPI Newsletter

February 20th, 2020

Lovely to see the work of our great friend and colleague, Lynn Clifford of WAG in Malawi being acknowledged in the February Newsletter for the Elephant Protection Initiative (EPI).

“Growing up in Ireland, Africa was a place that grabbed my imagination and I dreamed of working there. Then I started reading about “Leakey’s Angels” – Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey and Birutė Galdikas. I wanted to be like them when I grew up, living in the bush and protecting wildlife. Dreams do come true.”

The EPI is an African-led response to the elephant crisis. A majority of Africa’s surviving elephants – both forest and savannah species – are in EPI countries. These have common policies to save Africa’s elephants and to build a sustainable future for its people.

Lynn Clifford, EPI Newsletter Feb 2020

Tagging Ellies

November 13th, 2019

We caught up with our colleague and friend, Lynn Clifford and the WAG team recently as they tagged abuot 90 elephants in Thuma. Tagging helps them track numbers and also get an insight to habits and behaviours, like whether they’re eating locals’ crops. It’s dangerous but rewarding work for Lynn and her rangers, on very challenging terrain with some fairly hefty specimens.

Lynn and team tagging ellies





Hyena A & E

July 23rd, 2019

The mission for Lynn Clifford’s WAG rangers is as wide-ranging as Thuma Nature Reserve itself. Here her team has to look after a hyena that’s injured itself falling into a trap. The patient made a complete recovery.

WAG Rangers rescue hyena

Lynn Clifford on Irish radio programme

October 30th, 2017

There was a great item on Lynn Clifford from WAG on Mooney Goes Wild, a radio programme on RTÉ, Ireland’s national broadcaster.

Find more about it here.

“Irish Woman Lynn Clifford, Conservationist In Malawi
To a subject we’ve covered on this show many times before and that’s the illegal wildlife trade. It’s the fourth most lucrative transnational crime after drugs, arms, and human trafficking, and it’s threatening some of the world’s most iconic species with extinction.

About two hours drive east of Malawi’s capital city, Lilongwe, close to that natural wonder, Lake Malawi, lies the Thuma Forest reserve one of the few reserves in the country which is still home to elephants and buffalo, as well as many other species, including a variety of birds, insects, trees and plants.

Deep within that forest, some several kilometres along a dirt road, lies a base camp for conservationists. They’re called the ‘Wildlife Action Group’ and their director just happens to be an Irish woman.

Lynn Clifford is originally from Swords in County Dublin and, on a recent visit to her family in Ireland, she met with Richard Collins at his home in Malahide.”
Lynn with Baby Elephant