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Angola started this Friday to monitor elephant migration in Parque do Luengue

Angolan and Namibian biodiversity experts began this Friday to put GPS collars on eight identified elephant herd leaders in Luengue National Park, Cuando Cubango province, to control their movement.

: Lusa

In a statement to the Lusa agency, André Kuvuandinga, responsible for communication at the Rivungo municipal administration, said the activity began this Friday with the identification of eight elephants, leaders of eight herds.

According to André Kuvuandinga, this work is expected to last ten days and includes experts from two of the five countries that are part of the Okavango/Zambeze (KAZA) project, which also includes Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia.

The placing of this device on mammals aims to control their migration from one country to another, thus being able to "delimit the territory where elephants arrive from Angola, that is, from each country that is involved in the project.

The governor of Luiana commune, municipality of Rivungo, France Cerera, quoted in a note from the communal administration, questioned the insufficiency of inspectors, given the size of the park, defending the need for recruitment of more personnel to combat the attempted poaching of animals.

Júlio Bravo, director of the provincial environment office, said that four areas with the highest elephant movement have been identified, namely the Cuando corridor, Bua-Buata, Pico de Angola and the interior of the park.

André Kuvuandinga pointed out that by 2010, that area had been greatly affected by poaching.

The KAZA Project, launched in 2013, is being developed in the five African countries with the largest elephant population, occupying an area of over 519,000 kilometers.

The Luengue Park, located in Luiana municipality, Rivungo, was founded in 2011 and occupies an area of 22,610 square kilometers, extending from Luiana's partial reserve to the former public coutadas de Longa.

Among the various animals in the park, the presence of elephants, buffalo, lions, nunces, bambis and palancas stands out.