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Old July 18th, 2011, 04:18 PM   #1
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Angola's National Parks | Parques Nacionais de Angola

Angola had numerous national parks before the war...step by step they are recreated now. This thread will feature news, photos and lodges





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By 1974, a total of ten conservation areas could be distinguished in Angola. Six of these areas were national parks spread over the various provinces. Luando, home to the unique Giant Sable, was designated as a special reserve while Chimalavera was classed as a provincial reserve. Excluding the nature area at Namibe, the rest of the conservation areas consisted of the Cuando-Cubango’s public hunting reserves at Longa-Mavinga, Luiana, Luengue and Mucusso.


In 1992, the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources) report cited nine protected areas to be in existence in Angola. The six parks which comply with the IUCN’s definition of national parks are lona, Bicuar, Mupa, Quiçama, Cameia and Cangandala. The wildlife in all the parks have been almost completely wiped out after the devastation wrought by decades of war

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Old July 18th, 2011, 04:22 PM   #2
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Quiçama National Park

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The Quiçama National Park is situated in the north-western part of Angola , approximately 70 kilometres from Luanda, the capital of Angola.

Ecological borders:

The Atlantic Ocean forms the Park’s 120 km long western border, while the perennial Cuanza and Longa rivers constitute the northern and southern borders respectively. The eastern border consists of a belt of dense, tall thicket. Quiçama covers an area of roughly 9 960 square kilometres/1.2 million hectares.

History:

Established as a game reserve in 1938, Quiçama was only proclaimed a National Park on 11 January 1957.

Habitat:

A wide variety of habitat types occur such as the flood plain of the Cuanza river, an adjoining low escarpment and a transitional zone of grassland. The interior of the Park includes dense thicket, tree savanna and large open grasslands. This implies a carrying capacity for a potentially wide-ranging spectrum of wildlife.

Fauna:

Due to various factors such as the 21-year war, widespread and persistent poaching, as well as the over utilization of the herbaceous vegetation, little is left of the once teeming herds that roamed the Park. At this stage the remaining number, if any, of elephant, rhino and buffalo in Angola, are unknown.


Dwarf forest buffalo (Syncerus caffer nannus) roan antelope, eland, bushbuck, waterbuck, as well as the manatee, marine turtles and tarpin have been sighted in Quiçama but only an extensive game count will provide a reliable estimate. An imposing amount of bird life, however, still abounds.



Accommodation:

Pousada Càua, comprising thatched chalets which overlook the flood plain of the Cuanza river, has been renovated and are open to tourists. Every unit is self-contained with its own ablution facilities.

A luxury lodge of world class standards will be built within the foreseeable future at the mouth of the Cuanza river.
The lodge will be unique in that it will incorporate both a sea and river front. Activities will include fishing, sunning on the beach, cruises on the river, bird-watching as well as game drives into the Park. This will be a lodge set within unsurpassable surroundings with a myriad of activities to choose from.
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recent pics



a new lodge but not the one depicted above





the interior




Boat trips around the park




Looking for the elephants. Some of them have radio collars to make tracking them easier.














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As the incredible voyage of Operation Noah's Ark takes place we give you a peek behind the scenes at the people who make it all happen - capture crew, veterinarians, cameramen, pilots and captains.

There are several phases and steps that need to be taken. We will be updating you as they do...




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Professor Wouter van Hoven, President of the Kissama Foundation and leader of the operation, checks the elephant's breathing rate before loading. The rate should be approximately six breaths per minute.
releasing the elephants again



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Visit the Kissama Foundation



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Old July 18th, 2011, 05:08 PM   #5
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Quinta-feira, 20 de Janeiro de 2011

Parque Nacional da Kissama








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Old July 18th, 2011, 09:34 PM   #8
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Fantastic job Matt.

Like i tell people in Oasis, Angola's Tourism Industry is back. Lodges in National Parks, Resorts and Hotels at Beaches, Hotels in cities etc....
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Fantastic job Matt.

Like i tell people in Oasis, Angola's Tourism Industry is back. Lodges in National Parks, Resorts and Hotels at Beaches, Hotels in cities etc....
Thanks Butembo21


but the tourism industry is far from back ....but is is a start....in order to play with the big ones the current amount of what you mentioned has to be multiplied.

In short Angola needs at least 300 lodges scattered throughout the vast territory without the hotels, of course...hopefully the government will take it seriously and will just let the private sector develop as they please....just no interference...this alone could create tens of thousands of new direct jobs.

The reference should be places like South Africa, Malaysia, Indonesia...or on a smaller scale Kenya, Senegal, Namibia....but I prefer the first mentioned.
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I hope to do my first safari next month!
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As long as it remains expensive people will go to other MUCH cheaper places with better wildlife- Moz, Kenya, Tanzania etc etc.
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Shut up!!
É verdade, Sky. esta fama de Luanda ou mesmo Angola ser um país e provincia caros, afasta a clientela, é um facto, nem mesmo eu em Luanda, me atrevo a visitar estes lugares com os meus parcos recursos .
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As long as it remains expensive people will go to other MUCH cheaper places with better wildlife- Moz, Kenya, Tanzania etc etc.
I wonder if you have ever taken the absolute basics in economic classes (supply demand mechanism .... does it ring a bell?) or if you are entirely oblivious of recent historic events that paralyzed the country from achieving even that. Your comment is absolutely ridiculous and just foolish!

As for Kenya, for instance...it has never experienced war since independence.....hence, it could experience sustained tourism development since the early 1960s, if not even earlier..nevertheless it is still not on par with South Africa whose FIRST CLASS tourism infrastructure has grown in leaps and bounds since the end of apartheid, less than 20 years ago.
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..and I clearly stated in red capital letters that Angola´s national parks are recreated step by step but he comes up by comparing Angola to well - established destinations like Kenya....

Popa1980 doesn´t just need a brain but also surely some glasses, too... no money to buy them in your beloved cold and rainy Scotland where you claim to live.
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É verdade, Sky. esta fama de Luanda ou mesmo Angola ser um país e provincia caros, afasta a clientela, é um facto, nem mesmo eu em Luanda, me atrevo a visitar estes lugares com os meus parcos recursos .
Pois os meus familiares têm feito viagens pelo país afora, e as fotos são de meter água na boa. Se os estrangeiros (embora ainda poucos admito) andam a gira Angola toda, o quê que nós como donos da terra estamos a espera???
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Reserva animal
Localizadas quatro manadas de Palancas Negras na reserva do Luando



A caça furtiva está ainda muito activa na reserva do Luando

Luanda - Quatro manadas de Palancas Negras com cerca de 50 animais, incluindo alguns machos territoriais, fêmeas reprodutoras, jovens e crias, foram localizadas na reserva do Luando, província de Malanje, durante a segunda expedição da sua captura, informou hoje, segunda-feira, em Luanda, o coordenador do projecto, Pedro Vaz.



Apesar desses resultados, o coordenador do projecto de conservação da Palanca Negra, sob comando do Ministério do Ambiente, lamentou o facto de se confirmar o desaparecimento deste antílope na maior parte da reserva do Luando, em consequência da guerra civil e da caça furtiva.



“A caça furtiva está ainda muito activa, nomeadamente através da utilização de armadilhas de laço. Foram encontradas várias palancas fêmeas com ferimentos graves nas patas, por causa dessas armadilhas, e temos fotos de pelo menos duas dessas fêmeas que deverão morrer em breve por causa desses ferimentos”, deu a conhecer o responsável



Em entrevista à Angop, acrescentou que a caça furtiva nos últimos anos tem impedido a sobrevivência das crias e o seu recrutamento para a manada, uma vez que foram detectados pelos especialistas angolanos e estrangeiros vários animais velhos e crias deste ano ainda recém-nascidas, mas com muitos poucos animais jovens, entre 2 e 7 anos.



Durante a segunda fase de captura da Palanca Negra gigante que decorreu de 27 de Julho a 20 de Agosto deste ano, foram levados para o santuário de Cangandala oito animais, sendo seis fêmeas jovens e dois machos, com 8 e dois anos.



Estes animais juntaram-se a outros para reprodução de novas manadas no santuário do Parque Nacional de Cangandala, província de Malanje.



Assim, o Ministério do Ambiente e parceiros têm nos seus registos um total de 19 animais, dos quais cinco machos e 14 fêmeas, todos já no santuário criado, no parque de Cangandala.



Mesmo assim, Pedro Vaz, disse ser ainda preocupante a situação actual da Palanca Negra gigante, sendo mesmo um dos mamíferos mais ameaçados de extinção do Mundo.



“Se não agirmos com firmeza e imediatamente, corremos o risco de ver a palanca a desaparecer nos próximos anos”, alertou Pedro Vaz.



O número total de palancas sobreviventes é de menos de 100 animais, confirmadas apenas cerca de 50 no Luando e 20 na Cangandala. A caça furtiva é a principal ameaça, estando ainda descontrolada na reserva do Luando, segundo a fonte.



Para sí, o combate à caça furtiva na zona da palanca tem de ser uma prioridade nacional, abrangente, e não apenas circunscrito aos órgãos tradicionais da tutela, como seja o Ministério do Ambiente, e seus parceiros, nomeadamente, a Universidade Católica e a Fundação Kissama.



Disse ainda que a protecção da Palanca Negra nas duas reservas passa pela acção de agentes de fiscalização no terreno (existem neste momento apenas alguns pastores, agentes não oficiais, muitos com pouca formação), e reforço das campanhas de sensibilização no seio das comunidades, sobretudo aquelas que vivem próximo das suas reservas.



Sublinhou de igual modo o empenho das Forças Armadas Angolanas e da Força Aérea que trabalharam satisfatoriamente durante a segunda fase de captura do antílope
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And another national park about to be brought back to life

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Parque Nacional da Mupa pode ser requalificado




Luanda - O Ministério do Ambiente e o Governo da Província do Cunene (Sul de Angola) vão decidir, ainda este ano, com relação ao destino a dar ao Parque Nacional da Mupa, há muito em estado de abandono e sem qualquer órgão de gestão.




Com uma extensão de seis mil e 600 quilómetros quadrados, no Parque foram contabilizadas 134 aldeias com cerca de 18 mil habitantes, fazendas com equipamentos modernos, que ocupam enormes superfícies, de acordo com o chefe de Departamento para as Áreas de Conservação do Ministério do Ambiente, Joaquim Manuel.




Em declarações à Angop hoje, terça-feira, referiu que a principal actividade daquela população é a criação de gado, que já atingiu as 23 mil cabeças e a agricultura.




A pressão exercida sobre o pastoreio tem conduzido à degradação dos solos com evidências de desertificação, segundo Joaquim Manuel.




Tal situação vai obrigar o Ministério do Ambiente e o Governo do Cunene decidirem se o local continuará como um Parque Nacional ou não, ou mesmo, mudar de categoria.




“Vamos reavaliar o parque para sua requalificação. Este mês de Março vamos reunir com as autoridades locais para, em conjunto, definirmos uma estratégia viável para o local”, disse.




Os resultados do último levantamento feito, em 2003, no Parque da Mupa, demonstraram a inexistência de girafas, que eram abundantes no local.




Outros animais em menos escala existem, apesar das ameaças exercidas pelos populares residentes, sobretudo nómadas.




Angola é um dos países da África Austral com uma área relativamente elevada de Parques Nacionais, representados em mais de quatro porcentos do território nacional.



Apesar dos esforços empreendidos desde 2003, pelo Ministério do Ambiente, aquando da realização do diagnóstico das áreas de conservação, ainda existe no interior de algumas áreas a caça furtiva, prática agrícola, pesca artesanal, pecuária, recolha de lenha e linhas de passagens de populares de um ponto para outro.

http://www.portalangop.co.ao/motix/p...76738f17d.html
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