Chip's Page  Chip says there are 3,000 pupils in primary school at Bangula, the town near Mwabvi Wildlife Reserve.

Chip is short for Chipembere, the chichewa word for black rhino.   Chip is a member of The Big 5, so if you want to learn more about Chip's friends, have a look at our Big 5 and Little 5 page.

Chip likes to collect interesting facts.  

 




Chip has a New Friend!  Meet Jerry the Giraffe

The Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis meaning 'fast walking camel leopard) the tallest of all land-living animals, which is instantly recognizable by its extremely long neck. Adult males stand 4.6 - 6.0 metres tall and females are shorter at 4 - 4.8 metres tall. 

Not only is the giragge the tallest land animal, they have the longest tails of any land mammal too! Their tail can grow to be 2.4 metres long, including the tuft on the end.  Giraffes also have very long tongues, over 46 centimetres long! 

Like many of Africas large mammals, giraffes have declined in numbers and in range over the last century. One reason for this is the imnpact human activities have on the giraffe's natural habitat.  The other reason is largely due to the hunting of giraffes.  In Africa, the giraffe is a traditional source of hide and hair and tough, but nutritious meat. The hunting of giraffes has not had the same effect, as it has on some of Africas big-game animals , but it is still a cause for concern.

Learn About Chip and his Rhino Family There are fewer than 2,550 black rhinos alive today.

The word 'rhinoceros' means 'nose-horn', which relates to the long horn, or two long horns in the case of the White Rhinoceros and the Black Rhinoceros, which is perched on top of their noses. 

The rhino 'horn' is not a real horn, but thickly matted hair, consisting of Keratin, the same chemical substance that our finger nails and hair are made of. If a rhinos horn is broken off, it will grow back again. A rhinos horn grows all through its lifetime and grows at a rate of 1 - 3 inches per year, the longest recorded rhino horn is 5 feet long.

There are five species of rhinoceroses; two are native to Africa (the Black Rhino and White Rhino) and three are native to southern Asia (Indian Rhino, Sumatran Rhino and Javan Rhino).  The Javan Rhinoceros, Sumatran Rhinoceros and Black Rhinoceros are critically endangered. The Indian Rhinoceros is endangered, with fewer that 2,500 remaining in the wild. The White Rhinoceros is classed as Vulnerable, with roughly 14,500 remaining in the wild. 

Chip's Interesting Facts about Malawi

Chip says the people near the Reserve grow maize to eat and a little cotton as a cash crop Malawi is frequently referred to as ‘The Warm Heart of Africa’ because of the friendliness of its people.

The main mode of transport in Malawi is the bicycle.

Lake Malawi is the third largest lake in Africa, covering 20% of the country. Nicknamed ‘The Lake of Stars’ because of the glittering produced by reflected light, it is home to over 500 species of fresh water fish – more than are found in Europe and North America combined!

Malawi is 118,000 sq km (the UK is 224,820) and the population is 13,931,831 (population in the UK is 60,943,912).  There are also 3,500 registered UK nationals in Malawi. 

The capital city of Malawi is Lilongwe and Malawians celebrate their independence on 6th July.  The offical language of Malawi is Chichewa, but people also speak Tonga, and many Malawi Flag - www.cia.govspeak English.   

There are two main seasons in Malawi, cold-dry and hot-wet, which lasts between November to April.  Average temperatures range between 14.4 - 32 degrees Celcius.

Some of the facts are quite alarming, like the life expectancy in Malawi is below 40 and in southern Malawi where Mwabvi is located it is probably less than 35. 

The UN Human Development index ranks Malawi 166 out of 177 countries and the 10th poorest country in the world. Chip says the people around the Reserve sometimes set fire to it to create more land for agriculture, and this destroys ancient trees that cannot be replaced

Some of the current issues facing Malawi are deforestation, poor use and wastage of land, water pollution from agricultural runoff, sewage and industrial wastes, and the silting up of spawning grounds, which endangers fish populations especially in Lake Malawi.

 

 

PAW: Promoting environmental conservation and development in Malawi.