Luanda - The situation of the Giant Sable Antelope is still worrying due to the permanent threats by the hunters who try at all costs slaughter the animal, especially in “Luando” Wild Reserve based in the northern Malanje province.
The director of National Biodiversity Institute and Conservation Areas (INBAC), Abias Huongo expressed the concern on Wednesday in Luanda.
"Despite the efforts to ensure control of animal population it is necessary more support, including financial, in order to ensure success of the conservation project of this exotic species launched in 2009, he said.
Abias Huoungo expressed "deep concern" about the Black Antelope in Luando Wild Reserve, where there were major populations of this species.
The threats are permanent in this region of such an action that endanger the survival of the small amounts of sable antelopes still surviving there, stressed Abias, without specifying the cases of the deaths.
He quoted the case of specific traps for hunting the animal found in Luando reserve, adding that in mid-2014, a female sable antelope was shot down by a hunter in Cangandala National Park in the province of Malanje.
As for the breeding of the animal in its Cangandala National Park sanctuary, he said that the process continues and now it reached a total of 40 animals, including very young babies.
Fines for poaching game animals whose hunting is banned, may range between 300,000 and 600,000 Kwanzas, warned the Ministry of Environment.