Gabela, Angola

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Gabela
Municipality and City
Gabela
Gabela is located in Angola
Gabela
Gabela
Coordinates: 10°51′S 14°22′E / 10.850°S 14.367°E / -10.850; 14.367Coordinates: 10°51′S 14°22′E / 10.850°S 14.367°E / -10.850; 14.367
Country Angola
Province Cuanza Sul
Area
 • Land 4,642 km2 (1,792 sq mi)
Elevation [1] 942 m (3,091 ft)
Population
 • Total 69,000
 • Density 15/km2 (40/sq mi)

Gabela is a town in the province of Cuanza Sul, Amboim municipal, Angola. Its area comprises 4,642 km² with a population of 126,000. It was founded as N'Guebela on September 28, 1907.[2][3]

Around the town, some areas of the Angolan Scarp savanna and woodlands with its unique plants and animals are still to be found. The Gabela Akalat (Sheppardia gabela), a species of bird, was first recorded here by scientists and subsequently named after the town, as were the Gabela Helmet-shrike (Prionops gabela) and Gabela Bush-shrike (Laniarius amboimensis); these endangered species are only found in the uplands near Gabela.

Mining and transport[edit]

Gabela used to have a mine with a 610 mm (2 ft) narrow gauge railway to Porto Amboim.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gabela, Angola Page". Falling Rain Genomics. 
  2. ^ "AMBOIM City Council". ethnia.org. 
  3. ^ "Gabela, Angola Page". Mazungue.com.