February 4th marks the 55th anniversary of the beginning of Angola´s armed struggle for national independence and liberation from the Portuguese colonial power. The Viking Club invites you to celebrate this national holiday Thursday, February 4th, at 19.30 with the screening of an exclusive documentary film about the MPLA guerilla warfare in Angola. Dutch film producer Roeland Kerbosch, who will be in attendance, visited the MPLA guerillas in Moxico province in 1971. He produced this film in connection with the Dutch civil society solidarity organization, Angola Comité. The film received a prize at the New York International Film and Television Festival.

Sweden was the only Western European government before Angola’s independence on November 11th, 1975, to support MPLA in its struggle for national independence and liberation from Portugal.

For map to the Viking Club visit angolafieldgroup.com/find-us

Biologist Pedro Vaz Pinto’s full Second Trimester 2015 Report with photos from Angola’s Cangandala Park and Luando Reserve, in English and Portuguese, is now up on our Giant Sable page.

The major defining component in the Park and Reserve during this trimester is, “grass, lots and lots of grass”.

mercury              Mercury, now you see him…

just horns         … now you don’t!

“Mercury has now fully matured, and his behaviour is what would be expected from a master bull, calmly arrogant and imposing.”

005-0027-028-1-0-Mercury marking the territory at salina 19


The birds and the bees of Cangandala National Park (slideshows)

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Survival of the fittest in the park

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And the unknown

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Visit our Giant Sable page to read Pedro Vaz Pinto’s full report and previous reports.

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Irma Domingas, second from right, runs Casa da Criança. Photo by Estelle. M


From the Viking Club:
The ongoing oil crisis brings difficulties that not only worry governments and large corporations but also dramatically impact many people, both Angolan and expatriates. When privileged conditions of life are under threat or come to an end, it is normal to feel fear and sorrow, and knowing that many people are more miserable, does not help. But what if those individuals display genuine smiles and joy for life? How can someone keep courage and faith after life takes everything from him or her?

You are invited to gain an insight with Sister Domingas Loureiro who will present “Casa da Criança Santa Isabel” where orphans try and succeed in standing and moving ahead after losing their parents. Ninety children in the orphanage, ninety different stories. We will listen to three of them, Teresa, Juliana and Monica and discover how life can sometimes be cruel. We will learn that accusing children of witchcraft is still practiced in Angola despite being denounced a decade ago.

But above all, we will understand that no matter how tough life can be, taking up the challenge is the only way to grow and sometimes, change conditions. Our two testimonies, Mila and Lembra, will share their passion for music and will play some classic pieces. We promise to display a great lesson in humility, courage and hope and look forward to meeting with you and your friends.

Everybody is welcome to attend this presentation at the Viking Club on Thursday, November 19 at 7:30 pm, offered free of charge. Beverages and snacks are sold at the Bar, which opens at 7:15 PM. Coupons must be purchased. You can download a map showing the location on the Angola Field Group Join Us page. The Viking Club is on the main floor of Prédio Maianga, Rua Marien Nguabi, No 118 in Maianga, across the street from the Panela de Barro restaurant.

Click below for further info on Irma Domingas and Casa da Criança Santa Isabel:
www.slateafrique.com/99131/calvaire-enfants-accuses-sorcellerie-angola-orphelinats-eglise
 www.irinnews.org/report/48287/angola-children-victims-of-witchcraft-accusations

Former Cidade Alta train station. Photo by H. Koning.

Former Cidade Alta train station. Photo by H. Koning.

UPDATE: Please note that Reviver with Architect Angela Mingas has had to postpone this tour till further notice. In lieu of, Reviver is offering another Walking Tour of the Slave Route this Saturday, August 15th. To register phone: 934 631 713


There is still time to sign up for the REVIVER Bus Tour of Historic Luanda, sponsored by NEAAUD, an organization working to protect, preserve and promote the cultural heritage of Angola´s capital city. You must register in advance. Space is limited so sign up asap.

Who: Anybody is welcome to join
When: Sunday, August 16, at 8:30 AM
Where: Departing from Lusíada University, across the street from Cha de Caxinde, next to the old BESA bank which is now Banco Economico, in downtown Luanda. DOWNLOAD A MAP – CLICK HERE.
Cost: 2500 Kwanzas per person
To Register: Call Gilce at 935-356290 or email: passeios.campanha.reviver@gmail.com

The tour will stop at various locations including the Jesuit Church which is tucked away in Cidade Alta, the old train station in Cidade Alta and the National Bank (Banco Nacional de Angola), the iconic pink building on the Marginal. The tour lasts approximately 3 hours. 

The Train Master’s house located just across the street from the station. Photo by H. Koning.

The Train Master’s house located just across the street from the station. Photo by H. Koning.

A Campanha Reviver parceria entre o CEICA (Centro de Estudos e Investigação Cientifica de Arquitectura) e KALU (Associação dos Naturais, Residentes e Amigos de Luanda), coordenada por Ângela Mingas e Cristina Pinto tem como Tema a DIVULGAÇÃO, DEFESA E PROTECÇÃO DO PATRIMÓNIO DA CIDADE DE LUANDA.

Paleontologists at work north of Caxito.

Paleontologists at work north of Caxito. Photo courtesy Projecto PaleoAngola.

Dinosaur footprints in diamond mines… the oldest marine turtle in Africa … a 90 million year old new species of sauropod… These are just some of the discoveries unearthed in Angola in the last decade. The Angola Field Group invites you to Ten Years of Exploring Angola’s Paleontological Heritage at the Viking Club, Thursday, August 6, at 7:45 PM, with palaeontologists Dr. Louis Jacobs of Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas and Dr. Octavio Mateus, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal. Their paleontological fieldwork, which started in May 2005, is carried out annually as part of Projecto PaleoAngola: www.paleoangola.org

Angolatitan, first dinosaur discovered in Angola, 2005. Photo courtesy Projecto PaleoAngola.

Angolatitan, first dinosaur discovered in Angola, 2005. Photo courtesy Projecto PaleoAngola.

The results of the fieldwork in Cretaceous sites in Angola has been extraordinarily spectacular with the discovery of the first dinosaurs of Angola dating from the Early Cretaceous and also the discovery of various reptiles including monosaurs, pleiosaurs, ammonites, and fossilized turtles and whales. Dr. Louis Jacobs is internationally recognized as a dinosaur expert and six fossil species have been named after him. He calls Angola a fossil museum in the ground. Dr. Octavio Mateus, also well known in his field, heads up the  Museu da Lourinha in West Portugal which houses an extensive collection of paleontological specimen.

Angola field group guest presenter Dr. Louis Jacobs.

Angola field group guest presenter Dr. Louis Jacobs. Photo courtesy Projecto PaleoAngola.

Everybody is welcome to attend. In close cooperation with the Viking Club, this event is offered free of charge. The talk will be in English. Beverages and snacks are sold at the Viking Bar which opens at 7:15 PM. Coupons must be purchased. You can download a map showing the location of the Viking Club on our Join Us page. The Viking Club is on the main floor of Edificio Maianga, Rua Marien Nguabi, No 118 in Maianga, across the street from the Panela de Barra restaurant.

For Sale: Photo books, Natural Medicine books and other books about Angola and Huambo Dolls.

The palatial home of Angola’s famous slave trader Dona Ana Joaquina, 1788 to 1859. At the time it was one of the largest houses in Luanda. Today Luanda’s provincial courthouse stands on the site of Joaquina’s ‘palacio’.

The palatial home of Angola’s famous slave trader Dona Ana Joaquina, 1788 to 1859. At the time it was one of the largest houses in Luanda. Today Luanda’s provincial courthouse stands on the site of Joaquina’s ‘palacio’.

THIS TRIP IS NOW FULL. But note that Reviver still has space on their bus tour on Sunday, August 16, a Historical Tour of Old Luanda. Phone 934-631713. Space is limited to 50 participants.

This is a walking tour of parts of Old Luanda that tell the slave trade story, a heritage hidden but not forgotten. The tour is approximately 3 hours and will be in English, with Arquitecta Angela Mingas, who is a specialist in cultural heritage, and teaches in the Architectural Department at Lusíadas University. Maximum 20 participants. Open to members of the Angola Field Group.

When: Saturday, 08 August, meeting at 8:30 AM

Where: Meeting Point is front entrance (brown doors) of Lusíada University, which is across the street from Cha de Caxinde, next to the old BESA bank which is now Banco Economico, in downtown Luanda.

Cost: 2000 Kwanzas (includes a map of the route and bottle of water). The proceeds go to Campanha Reviver, a movement working to preserve Luanda’s cultural heritage. See flyer below.

To Sign Up: (in Portuguese please) call Gilce at 934-631713. Or email (in Portuguese or English): passeios.campanha.reviver@gmail.com

See flyer below for future tours open to the general public. Spread the word and support Reviver as they battle to protect the heritage of Angola´s capital city. Follow them on Facebook here.

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Mercury has established himself as the Master Bull

Mercury has long attained a jet-black color.

Mercury has long attained a jet-black color. All photos, Pedro Vaz Pinto.

Instead of constantly following one female herd, he now spends most of his time alone marking and patrolling his territory, and only occasionally bursts calmly amidst a group of immediately-turned submissive females, to claim his bounty. His leadership is now naturally enforced and totally unchallenged. All young males, including the next-in-line Apollo, disappear or keep a safe distance his approach.

Young females are the future of Cangandala; Jovens fêmeas são o futuro da Cangandala.

Young females are the future of Cangandala.

We have at least two good breeding herds, totalling about 30 animals and with a good number of young breeding females… in this regard the prospects in Cangandala are encouraging. On a sad note, many poaching incidents were reported … In Cangandala armed poachers were detected inside the sanctuary and shots were exchanged with the poachers, before they eventually escaped. Also yet another trap camera was stolen, highlighting the lack of security in the park. In Luando Reserve, although it wasn’t possible to access the area because of the rains, we were informed by the rangers that poaching is rampant and one of our trap cameras was destroyed by poachers.

Ending on a bright note, colouful Cangandala… 

Removing a tree that fell over the fence.

Colorful grasshopper in the park.

A male Holub's golden weaver.

A male Holub’s golden weaver.

Read biologist Pedro Vaz Pinto’s full First Trimester 2015 Report with photos from Angola’s Cangandala Park and Luando Reserve, in English and Portuguese on our Giant Sable page.

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