‘Malawi Wildlife Rescue’ is a 6 x 60 observational documentary series following the work of American veterinarian, Dr Amanda Salb, and her colleagues at the country’s only wildlife rescue centre. The team care for injured and abandoned animals until they are ready to be released back into the wild.
The series is shot in the rainy season when the Centre receives most of its orphans, so the staff have their hands full looking after baby vervet monkeys and baboons in particular. Head of Animal Care is Dutch-born, Alma Van Dorenmalen, who has years of experience and runs a tight ship. She prides herself in knowing every single one of the two hundred animals at the Centre.
Malawi is one of the poorest countries in Africa and resources are hard to come by. So the team have to make do with what they can get, and often improvise. Power cuts are common and the rains can wreak havoc. Visiting British Vet, Dr Sophie Widdowson, holds the fort whenever Amanda is called away from base – which is fairly often.