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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.

Flyer 2015

Basic First Aid Treatment of African Snake Bite and Snake Safety Awareness  – click here to download Word document.
 
 The Most Common Venom / Dangerous Snakes of Angola:
All photos are courtesy of  Wildlife Advisor and reptile expert, Warren Klein.
Scroll down for more details of presentation he gave to the Angola Field Group in April 2015.

African Rock Python / Python sebae

African Rock Python (Python sebae)

Burrowing asp  (Atractaspis sp.)

Burrowing asp (Atractaspis sp.)

Black necked spitting cobra (Naja nigricollis)

Black necked spitting cobra (Naja nigricollis)

Boomslang Dispholidus (typus punctatus)

Boomslang Dispholidus (Typus punctatus)

Black tree snake (Thrasops jacksoni)

Black tree snake (Thrasops jacksoni)

Forest cobra  (Naja melanoleuca)

Forest cobra (Naja melanoleuca)

Forest vine snake (Thelotornis kirtlandi)

Forest vine snake (Thelotornis kirtlandi)

Jamesons mamba  (Dendroaspis jamesoni)

Jamesons mamba (Dendroaspis jamesoni)

Puff adder Bitis arietans WKlein

Puff adder (Bitis arietans)

 

Now available to download, 2014 Annual Report of the Angolan Association for Birds and Nature, in English and in Portuguese.

Click to download PDF.

CLICK TO DOWNLOAD PDF.

This year saw good progress with our two main projects: at Mount Moco tree planting was accelerated and the nursery expanded, and 80 fuel efficient stoves were finally delivered to the community at Kanjonde, to reduce their reliance on fire wood.

A highlight of the year was delivering 80 fuel efficient stoves for the families at Kanjonde.

A highlight of the year was delivering 80 fuel efficient stoves for the families at Kanjonde.

At Kumbira, a forest in Kwanza Sul province, seven weeks of field study were undertaken by Aimy Cáceres and colleagues, where a detailed study of Gabela Akalat range sizes and habitat use was undertaken, and tree biomass evaluated.

Aimy Cáceres radio tracking (left) a tagged Gabela Akalat (right).

Aimy Cáceres radio tracking (left) a tagged Gabela Akalat (right).

Additionally, good progress was made with the registration of the Associação Angolana para Aves e Natureza (the Angolan Association for Birds and Nature) with the registration certificate now issued. Other highlights? The bilingual book on The Common Birds of Luanda was completed and will be launched with the launch this year, 2015, of the NGO.  Several peer-reviewed publications were produced.

Photo: www.afropop.org

Photo: Afropop.org

***An update from the organizers: There is an opening of the exhibition today (Thursday, Sept. 4) at the Museum of Anthropology (Coqueiros) at 6pm; Then there is a concert (with Victor’s instruments and a half orchestra) on Friday at Hotel Royal Plaza (Talatona) at 9pm; Then there are a series of workshops in the following week: this Saturday at 1.30pm is a workshop for kids (8yrs and over) and at 3.30pm a “music and technology” workshop.***

On Thursday, September 4th, there will be a presentation at the Anthropological Museum in downtown Luanda by Victor Gama, a renown Angolan musician, composer, instrument designer, and the man who knows the most about music do povo, the people of Angola. The event starts at 1800 hours. The Museum will be launching an installation created by Mr. Gama, of musical  instruments. The event is open to the public as part of Fenacult celebrations. Click here to read Ned Sublette’s interview with Victor Gama, published by Afropop.org.

Calling all birders! Check out the Birds Angola website for two new papers to download, regarding the Short-winged Cisticola and the Dusky Twinspot. The Birds Angola website hosts all the latest news and information about birds in Angola, including the latest research and conservation updates. Click here to read the two new papers.

 

Within a joint Nordic programme organized by the Norwegian and the Swedish Embassies, the Viking Club invites you to attend the screening of two Nordic documentary films.
 22 May at 8pm – a film about Olof Palme, the former  Prime Minister of Sweden (English with Portuguese subtitles) – see below for details about this film.
29 May at 8pm – a film about the world renown Norwegian painter Edward Munch (English with Portuguese subtitles) – scroll down to the next post for more details about this film.

The Viking Bar will open at 7:15 PM and the movies will start rolling at 8:00 PM. You can download a map showing the location of the Viking Club on this website’s Join Us page. The Viking Club is on the main floor of the former Swedish Building at Rua Marien N”Guabi, No 118 in Maianga, across the street from the new Panela de Barra restaurant.

Olof Palme

PALME –A 20th Century Tale, a film about Olof Palme, the former Prime Minister of Sweden.

Synopsis: In 1986 Olof Palme was openly shot to death on a February evening on the streets of Stockholm. In one night, the country of Sweden was transfigured.The film PALME is about his life, his times, and about the Sweden he had created. Olof Palme was a boy from the upper-class who ended up creating the world’s most equal society. He was the tactician who was driven by his passion for social justice. Worshipped and hated beyond parallel. Neither before him nor after him has any othe politician resembled Olof Palme. Through Olof Palme, a minor country like Sweden affected major international politics.

This film about Olof Palme is a journey through time, in pictures and experiences.The film uses never shown private footage as well as interviews with family members and former colleagues. The film was directed by the award winning filmmakers Kristina Lindström and Maud Nycander.

PALME premiered in Swedish cinemas in September 2012. The film is 103 minutes long and will be shown with English narration and Portuguese subtitles.

All are welcome to attend!

The Scream, painting by Edvard Munsch

The Scream, painting by Edvard Munch

The Viking Club, on behalf of the Norwegian and Swedish Embassies, invites members of the Angola Field Group to the screening of the documentary Let the Scream be Heard, in celebration of “Norwegian-Swedish-Month”, Thursday May 29, at 8:00 PM.

Let the Scream be Heard is an international documentary film focusing on an artistic investigation to reveal the secret behind the universality and timelessness of Norwegian Painter Edvard Munch’s extensive creation, spanning over 60 years and 18,000 works of art.

This film is an attempt to understand that in a world where 15 minutes of fame or even 15 seconds of fame are the deeply satisfying and much sought after rewards, why are we celebrating an artist named Edvard Munch even after 150 years?

To find the answer, we journey back into the mind of Munch himself, traveling through the process of his creation, listening to his own words, learning from his values and philosophies, witnessing the tests of his survival, experiencing life’s mysteries resolved and resonating in his works, and understanding what artistic integrity eventually amounts to in an ever-changing scheme of existence.

Using interviews from various Munch experts and contemporary artists alike, borrowing from elements that influenced Munch, and those which he influenced, our effort is to create an audio-visual collage on celluloid which may enable us to sense why Edvard Munch is relevant to us today and will remain so for years to come…

The Viking Bar opens at 7:15 PM and the movie will start rolling at 8:00 PM. You can download a map showing the location of the Viking Club on this website’s Join Us page. The Viking Club is on the main floor of the former Swedish Building at Rua Marien N”Guabi, No 118 in Maianga, across the street from the new Panela de Barra restaurant.

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Click poster image to enlarge.

 

 

 

Angola is one of the countries in Africa with the highest bird diversity – 938 native species – including a high number of endemic and threatened species. Despite its richness, Angola is still one of the least known countries for birds. This lack of knowledge is mainly a consequence of both the Portuguese Colonial war and the Angolan civil war which together lasted 41 years (1961–2002), halting scientific studies and expeditions.

Click here to read this recent paper on historical data on birds of Angola based on the Angolan ornithological collection held by the Instituto de Investigação Científica Tropical (IICT) in Lisbon, Portugal.
Nursery workers in the process of planting some of the 42 newly planted trees in a recently cleared area.

Nursery workers in the process of planting some of the 42 newly planted trees in a recently cleared area.

The challenge to prevent deforestation on Mount Moco, Angola’s highest mountain, continues in Huambo province. A total of 181 trees have been planted to date and there are 500 seedlings in the nursery, waiting to be planted. Click here to read Michael Mills’ latest report.

Download the 2013 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, and read about bird conservation and research activities in Angola:

Click on cover to download.

CLICK ON THE COVER TO DOWNLOAD

Summary – This year saw good progress with our two main projects: at Mount Moco tree planting was accelerated and the nursery expanded, and at Kumbira seven weeks of field study were undertaken by Aimy Cáceres. Additionally, the first official meeting of the Associação Angolana Para Aves e Natureza (the Angolan Association for Birds and Nature) was held to commence the registration of an NGO, a first annotated birder’s checklist of Angolan birds with English and Portuguese names was published, and during a field trip a new species of primate (bushbaby) was confirmed by members of the Nocturnal Primate Research Group, Oxford Brookes University, U. K. Other highlights of the year were the publication of several papers and the start of field surveys in the northern escarpment forests (part of a project funded by BirdLife South Africa).

Resumo – No decorrer deste ano os nossos dois projectos principais avançaram a bom ritmo: no Monte Moco a plantação de árvores acelerou e o viveiro foi aumentado; em Kumbira, a Aimy Cáceres levou a cabo uma expedição de sete semanas. Para além disso, teve lugar o primeiro encontro oficial da Associação Angolana Para Aves e Natureza com o objectivo de iniciar o processo de registro da Associação como ONG, foi publicada a primeira lista das aves de Angola, e uma nova espécie de primata (galago) foi confirmada por membros do Nocturnal Primate Research Group (Grupo de Investigação de Primatas Nocturnos da Oxford Brooke University, Reino Unido). Vários artigos científicos foram publicados e iniciou-se o trabalho de exploração/inventariação das florestas da escarpa norte (parte de um projecto financiando pela BirdLife South Africa).

Seven weeks of field study were undertaken by Aimy Cáceres in Kumbira Forest, pictured here with the Endemic Gabela Bush-shrike.

Seven weeks of field study were undertaken by Aimy Cáceres in Kumbira Forest, pictured here with the Endemic Gabela Bush-shrike. Photo courtesy Henriette Koning.

Ricardo Lima spent 4 weeks radio tracking endemic Gabela Akalat and Bush-shrike in Kumbira.

Ricardo Lima spent 4 weeks radio tracking endemic Gabela Akalat and Bush-shrike in Kumbira. Photo courtesy Henriette Koning.

Logging the Kumbira Forest, a biodiversity hotspot poses a threat to endemic species. Photo, A.Cáceres from http://kumbiraforest.blogspot.pt

Logging the Kumbira Forest, a biodiversity hotspot, poses a threat to endemic species. Photo courtesy A.Cáceres from http://kumbiraforest.blogspot.pt

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