Luena, Angola, 4 Aug – Angola’s Moxico province plans to set up a cross-border animal park, in the Bundas municipality, 334 kilometres from Luena covering an area of 15,648 square kilometres and linked to the Republic of Zambia.
The head of the Biodiversity and Conservation areas Department of the Environment Ministry, Albertina Zuzi said that in order to establish the park US$1.4 million in funding was needed.
The perimeter of the park located in the Mussuma commune, in Bundas municipality, to the south is marked by the river of the same name, to the north by the Lungue-Bungo river and parallel to the road that links the city of Luena to the town of Lumbala-Nguimbo (capital of Bundas).
Zuzi said that a memorandum of understanding was waiting to be signed by the Angolan Environment Ministry and the Zambian side so that at a later stage Zambian technicians could travel to Angola to work alongside Angolans on a programme of research and implementation of the project including establishing the diversity of animal species that inhabit the area.
The second phase of the project will be to link the Mussuma park to Cameia National Park (14,450 square kilometres), which is also in the provinces of Moxico and Liu-Pay in Zambia. (macauhub)