February 24, 2017
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The Catoca kimberlite pipe in Lunda Sul is one of the largest diamond-rich rock formations on Earth in terms of surface area. Kimberlite pipes are vertical tubes of igneous rock which can contain diamonds.
The VIKING CLUB, in cooperation with the CATOCA DIAMOND MINE, is offering a one-day air charter excursion to Catoca. We have a full day itinerary planned that includes visiting Saurimo, the capital city of Lunda Sul where we have the honor to meet with the province’s Governor. Then it’s on to Catoca to see the workers’ Residential Project, Hidrochicapa Power Station and a primary school. We will then visit the Catoca Mine, the world’s fourth largest kimberlite diamond mine. The tour ends in the Exhibition Room where you can get a close-up look at real diamonds extracted from the mine. We are invited to join the Catoca mine staff for one of their excellent lunches.
When: Saturday, March 4th, 2017
How: Catoca’s private plane Embraer ERJ 145
Who: Members of the Viking Club and their invited friends
What: One-day-excursion, check-in at the Airport – Domestic Terminal – at 06.00 on Saturday March 4th and back in Luanda by approximately 17.45 the same day.
Costs: AKZ 90.000,00 (ninety thousand AKZ).
Signing up: If you are interested, and serious about going, please send an e-mail as soon as possible with your name, your company’s name, your position in the company, nationality, electronic copy of passport showing picture and visa, email address and cell phone number to: Boniswa Vaz Contreiras email@example.com cell:+244-923485308.
For additional information contact:
Leif Biureborgh – firstname.lastname@example.org – cell:+244 912 506938
Konstantin Grave – email@example.com – cell:+244923514827
The number of seats is limited and will be ‘first-come-first served’. You will receive a confirmation. Provided we receive a sufficient number of confirmed participants in the next few days, cash payments will take place at the Viking Club, Rua Marien N’Gouabi 118, Maianga on Tuesday 28 February at 19.00. Please no small notes!!
Participant at a previous year’s field trip gets a close-up.
January 15, 2017
Biologist Pedro Vaz Pinto’s Second Trimester 2016 Report with photos of Angola’s Cangandala Park and Luando Reserve, in English and Portuguese, now on our Giant Sable page.
In Cangandala it’s all about bulls as work continues building a new fenced sanctuary, which will be destined in the future to contain bulls for tourism visits.
Putting up a new fence
“Inside the sanctuary the most striking records reflect a steep increase in the number of young males.”
A yearling male
“The plan eventually is to remove some of these males to the new sanctuary, as soon as it is finished.”
“The next quarter will be crucial as we are preparing for another capture operation, designed to put collars on animals in Cangandala and Luando, but also to make an updated aerial census of herds in Luando Reserve and, with assistance from military, to support anti-poaching activities also in Luando.”
Shepherd Manuel Sacaia who patrols the Luando reserve received the Tusk Wildlife Ranger Award from Prince William for his dedicated service to protecting the giant sable.
November 8, 2016
Biologist Pedro Vaz Pinto’s First Trimester 2016 Report with photos of Angola’s Cangandala Park and Luando Reserve, in English and Portuguese, now on our Giant Sable page.
Cangandala Park buildings under the starry night
The new year in Cangandala Park saw heavy rains and flooding, thwarting efforts to access the giant sable inside the sanctuary.
“Without being able to track and monitor the animals on the ground, we had to settle with inferring the dynamics from the trap cameras’ records, keeping me busy for quite a while. As usual we obtained plenty of photos, and even after filtering the data to exclude blanks, we got around 30,000! These included the usual species, such as giant sable, roan, hybrids, bushbuck, duiker and warthogs.”
This slide show is dedicated to the night life in Cangandala. While the majority of photos recorded by the stealth cameras feature giant sable and hybrids, it’s interesting to keep track of the well known other species in the park.
Visit our Giant Sable page to read Pedro Vaz Pinto’s full report with more photos, and previous reports.
September 26, 2016
Luanda – a rise in crime and long queues in supermarkets. But in rural Angola the people are as friendly as ever, their level of poverty has changed little, they were always poor. And the countryside is as beautiful as ever. Get out of town and experience the diversity of Angola. Then share what you have discovered with a new Facebook page, Angola Ambiente: http://www.facebook.com/groups/1045499302182009/
The Angola Ambiente Facebook page was set up to give people the opportunity to post interesting observations on all aspects of Angolan natural history. Contributors are encouraged to post photographs and observations in order to further our knowledge of Angolan fauna and flora.
September 9, 2016
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An Urban Safari with Angela Mingas, architect and anthropologist, who will take you on a Slave Tour through Luanda’s historic central district, on Saturday, September 17 from 9 AM to 12:30 PM. The safari is organized by the Campanha Reviver, which is a partnership of CEICA (Center of Architecture Studies and Scientific Research) and KALU (Association of natives, residents and friends of Luanda) whose aim is to defend, protect and promote the heritage of Luanda. To book, call 943183108. The tour starts downtown at Lusiada University.
September 5, 2016
Biologist Pedro Vaz Pinto’s Fourth Trimester 2015 Report with photos of Angola’s Cangandala Park and Luando Reserve, in English and Portuguese, now on our Giant Sable page.
Small herd of giant sable with the bull in lead in Luando reserve.
Both Cangandala and Luando are the only two locations in the world where the Giant Sable can be found. They are protected areas yet this critically endangered mammal continues to be threatened to extinction by poachers. Here is an update from the final months of 2015.
In Cangandala Park, there’s good news and bad news. First, the bad news:
“…there had been a poaching incident with shooting involved which resulted in one of the rangers being wounded…….. “This is another sad reminder that even in Cangandala, poaching still remains a very real threat…”
The good news:
“Other than this tragic event, things seem to be going well in the sanctuary where at least the sable are breeding well and look healthy.”
Lots of calves and young in Canangdala Park.
In Luando Reserve, also good news and bad news. The bad news again involving poachers:
“…..another mutilated giant sable, tragically a very young female who had been collared in 2013 when two years old, and who should now be attending her second calf. It is another animal lost for breeding, so for the population it is as good as dead.”
Angolan air force tracking injured giant sable in Luando Reserve.
The good news:
“On a positive note, the military decided to step up their support to the shepherds in Luando reserve, making a few joint ground anti-poaching operations with ministry rangers, and subsequently deploying a few weapons to the shepherds who from now on will be better equipped to tackle the poachers.”
Some more good news, birds and frogs continue to thrive in Cangandala Park and Luando Reserve….
Visit our Giant Sable page to read Pedro Vaz Pinto’s full report and previous reports.
March 14, 2016
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, Michael Mills
Download the 2015 Annual Report (Relatório Anual) of the Angolan Association for Birds and Nature (Associação Angolana Para Aves e Natureza), in English and Portuguese, compiled by Michael Mills, on Bird Conservation and Research Activities in Angola (click on the cover to download PDF):
This year saw significant changes in the logistics of running our projects in
Angola, with Michael Mills moving from Luanda to Cape Town, and Aimy Cáceres moving to Luanda. A single field visit to Mount Moco allowed us to maintain the project there, which included preparing new areas for planting and expanding the nursery. The Kumbira Forest Project received a funding boost due to a second round of funding from the Conservation Leadership Programme. Aimy Cáceres is busy finishing off her PhD and will lead this project next year, working with Ninda and Sendi Baptista and Michael Mills. Another landmark achievement was raising funds to print 3000 copies of the bilingual book on The Common Birds of Luanda, which are now in Luanda and ready to be distributed to schools in 2016.
The nursery at Mount Moco Continues to work well