Good News! Last week the University of Agostinho Neto’s Biology Faculty’s Marine Turtles Research Team, collared their first giant leatherback turtle. The number of leatherbacks coming onshore to nest has been steadily decreasing and last year zero were recorded. Now the team will be able to track the activity of this leatherback.

On Friday, December 11, the Angola Field Group will camp on the beach for its annual Turtle Trip. We will join biologist Michel Morais and his research team from Agostinho Neto University who for the past eight years have been tracking turtles nesting on Praia dos Onças, the beach below the Miradouro da Lua, south of Luanda.

Olive Ridley Turtle.

We will spend the night walking up and down the beach in teams hoping to find turtles laying eggs or we may be lucky enough to witness the release of newly hatched baby turtles rescued from unsafe nests and incubated by the research team.

Baby turtles head for the water.

We plan to leave the city at 1500 on Friday, to avoid heavy traffic so we can reach the beach in daylight to pitch our tents. Participants must supply their own food and camping gear. A four wheel drive vehicle is necessary. We must keep numbers to a strict limit so please only sign up if you’re serious about going. Final trip details including our meeting location will be given once you’ve signed up.

Setting up for a night on the beach.

When you are registering for this trip please indicate:

* if you have room in your vehicle for more passengers and how many can you take
* if you do not have transport and need a lift
* if you will be leaving from the city or from Luanda Sul

We are collecting $20.00 from each participant to donate to the Turtle Research Project. To register, email Henriette Koning at All Angola Field Group trips are at your own risk.

An Olive Ridley  turtle preparing to lay her eggs at Praia das Oncas, Angola.

An Olive Ridley turtle preparing to lay her eggs at Praia das Oncas, Angola.

The number of turtles nesting along the coast of Angola is declining especially the giant leatherback turtle. The Angola Field Group invites you to a presentation about the ‘Conservation Project to Protect Marine Turtles’, Thursday, April 30, at 8:00 PM at the Viking Club. Headed up by Biologist Michel Morais and a team of biology students from Agostinho Neto University, this project has been researching nesting activities of turtles on a beach south of Luanda since 2002, right after the war. Previous records of turtle research in the country date back to 1980. Come and join the University’s research team Thursday evening and learn all about Angola’s turtles! The presentation will be in English.

Available now for the first time, the students will be selling high quality T-shirts with the turtle project logo before the presentation.

Field Trip – Friday May 01 is a national holiday and we are planning a field trip through the Bengo River valley to Kaxicana, a small village on the banks of the Kwanza River, birthplace of the first president of Angola, Agostinho Neto. We are still waiting for approval but check this site on Monday for trip details and how to sign up for this trip.

Everybody is welcome to attend the Turtle Presentation. Our presentations are offered in close cooperation with the Viking Club. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and snacks are sold at the bar, coupons must be purchased. The Viking Bar now opens at 7:30 PM! For sale, books about Angola, in English. If you would like to have a map showing the location of the Viking Club, please download it form our 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 resteraunt. See you there!