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Kwanhama: the only Angolan horse wants to be recognized internationally

The Instituto Superior Politécnico Tundavala (ISPT) wants to preserve the kwanhama horse, considered the only truly Angolan breed, and, to this end, is looking for funding to classify and recognize this species.

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Imagem ilustrativa (Via Revista Chocolate)  

In this sense, the institute is mobilizing funding with a view to implementing a project to preserve this species of horse, as well as to be internationally recognized, writes Angop.

Cunene is the province where you can predominantly find this native Angolan breed, which has been disappearing due to the periodic drought that affects the region linked to the economic problems of the population, which, according to Margarida Ventura, general director of the ISPT, has slowly replaced the kwanhama horse with the donkey, as it is an animal with greater resistance to drought.

Given this scenario, Margarida Ventura – speaking to Angop – made it known that the institute is looking for funding to classify and recognize this species.

She explained that the project will involve the collection of genes, and the institute has been carrying out a study on the breed for some time. The initiative will also involve analyzing various genetic components for examination in the laboratory.

Currently, the ISPT, she said, is providing support for the reproduction of this species of horses, as well as seeking financing with the aim of achieving international recognition for the kwanhama horse as an Angolan horse breed in the future.

According to the person in charge, they have more than two dozen horses from Cunene: "We have more than 20 horses from Cunene, a land where these animals are shown mainly at male initiation parties, as the horse has always been the preferred animal of the Kwanhama people", she stated, quoted by Angop.

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