“Angola has lost a vibrant voice for its place in science and nature.  He (Kalunga) was looking forward to working with National Geographic on a major documentary about Angola. His gusto for life and his desire to help Angolans understand their rich endowment were defining qualities that I will always remember.  His passion for Angola’s heritage was evident when he gave us a terrific tour of two major geological and paleontological sites in the Namibe.  I have no doubt that he touched the lives of many young Angolans, some of whom will carry on his work.  That is a great legacy.”
-Ambassador Christopher J McMullen, American Ambassador to Angola

“…our friend and colleague in Angola passed away yesterday, December 19, 2011, of a heart attack. This is a tragic blow to his family, his friends, and his country. Kalunga’s video on “Saving the Giant Sable Antelope” and all the effort that has gone into preserving Angola’s national symbol are profoundly important for his country.  This morning I watched once more Kalunga’s short video made with Projecto PaleoAngola and I was grateful for knowing him and proud to be his friend.  He will be honored through our doing our best work to continue the endeavors of which he was such an integral part. He will be missed.  If you wish to view the PaleoAngola video, please go to ProjectoPaleoAngola.org and click on the YouTube link.”
-Dr. Louis L. Jacobs, Paleontologist Projecto Paleoangola and Professor at Southern Methodist University

“What a tragic loss.  I was looking forward to where he (Kalunga) would go with all of us and Angola. Please pass along my sympathies to his family and let them know how much we valued knowing him over a too short time.”
-Dr. John Francis, Vice President Research, Conservation, and Exploration National Geographic Society

“My heart is heavy for all the people in Angola and around the world who Kalunga touched through his talents and dedication and passion to preserve Angola’s biodiversity and future. He was a generous, kind, gregarious friend – one felt close to him almost instantly… I am so heartbroken for his family, especially his two young children and wife. I know his friends and country will miss him so greatly. What a terrible tragedy to lose him so abruptly.”
-Dr. Catherine Workman, Committee for Research and Exploration, National Geographic Society

“I am so sorry to hear this news. In the little time I spent with him he struck me as a person utterly committed to Angola. I thought his productions were quite good and was looking forward to working with him. My heart goes out to his family and other colleagues.”
– John Bredar, Senior Executive Producer, National Geographic SPECIALS