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Home of the Cichlids: Lake Malawi

Home of the Cichlids: Lake Malawi

Lake Malawi is one of the world’s most amazing environments. This huge lake was formed millions of years ago when violent subterranean forces tore apart the Earth’s crust to create the Rift Valley.

More than 400 miles long and 700 metres (2300 ft) deep, Lake Malawi is Africa’s third largest lake and home to over 1000 species of fish, 350 of which are unique to the lake. There are an amazing 600 different species of Cichlid, many of which are on display here.

In 1980 Lake Malawi was designated a World Heritage Site – but the rapidly growing population around the lake is leading to over fishing and increased pollution. This in turn is depleting the fish stocks of this valuable resource, and invasive predatory species such as the Nile perch are adding to the problems faced by the lake’s cichlid populations.

Sit back and relax in this beautiful setting and see if you can spot Clyde the cheeky turtle!