Equinox Drills Kanga and Extends Malundwe Deposit at Lumwana



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    TORONTO, July 25 /CNW/ - Equinox Minerals Limited (TSX and ASX symbol:
"EQN") ("Equinox" or the "Company") is pleased to report that recent
exploration drilling at the Company's Kanga Prospect ("Kanga") continues to
intersect significant copper intercepts.
    Kanga (at which Equinox has identified a series of highly prospective
geophysical IP anomalies), lies directly on strike and immediately to the
south of the Malundwe Main Pit ("Malundwe") where the Company is currently
commissioning the Lumwana Copper Mine ("Lumwana") in Zambia.
    In evaluating these anomalies (see Figure 1 following), Equinox has now
drilled 20,000m in 112 drill holes comprising mainly reverse circulation with
some diamond drilling. The drill program focused on testing the area extending
south from Malundwe (optimised at US$1.20/lb copper) into the Kanga area along
an extended strike length of 1km and over a length of 1.2km across strike.
    Significant copper mineralization (presented below in Table 1) was
intercepted on every cross section. Copper intercepts identified have been
found to be similar geologically as well as in grade and in thickness to those
at Malundwe indicating the strong potential to increase the mineral reserves
of Malundwe which presently hosts 119.2Mt grading 0.90% copper.
    The drilling program at Kanga is ongoing and due for completion in
September 2008. Following compilation of all assay results, a Kanga inferred
resource estimate will be calculated and Malundwe pit optimisations applied to
determine the scale of the opportunity that exists to increase current Lumwana
reserves and mine life.

    
    TABLE 1: Selected Kanga Prospect Drill Intercepts greater than or equal
    to 0.2%Cu

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                                                                      Depth
    Hole No.   mE       mN      RL   From   To   Width   Cu    Ore    below
                                      (m)   (m)           %    Type  surface
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    LUM0399  371675  8645661   1307   184   198    14   0.28  Sulphide   184
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                                and   238   242     4   0.66  Sulphide   238
                               ----------------------------------------------
                                and   250   254     4   1.25  Sulphide   250
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    LUM0403  371081  8645675   1319   220   236    16   1.86  Sulphide   220
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    MLW0260  371863  8645203   1323   238   262    24   1.12  Sulphide   238
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    MLW0261  371761  8645198   1313   247   270    23   0.99  Sulphide   247
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                                and   277   279     2   0.82  Sulphide   277
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    MLW0263  371557  8645206   1320   266   268     2   0.26  Sulphide   266
                               ----------------------------------------------
                                and   276   296    20   0.52  Sulphide   276
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    MLW0265  372398  8645004   1343   160   165     5   0.59  Sulphide   160
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    MLW0268  372104  8645001   1338   216   234    18   0.57  Sulphide   216
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    MLW0269  372008  8644999   1335   204   218    14   0.66  Sulphide   204
                               ----------------------------------------------
                                and   226   236    10   1.03  Sulphide   226
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    MLW0270  371912  8645008   1332   225   243    18   1.07  Sulphide   225
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    MLW0272  371662  8645005   1312   167   179    12   1.21  Sulphide   167
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    MLW0275  371410  8644998   1332   232   246    14   1.18  Sulphide   232
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    MLW0277  372149  8644801   1343   102   112    10   0.48  Sulphide   102
                               ----------------------------------------------
                                and   118   128    10   0.32  Sulphide   118
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    MLW0278  372053  8644801   1339    98   112    14   0.88  Sulphide    98
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    MLW0279  371952  8644800   1336   108   120    12   0.92  Sulphide   108
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    MLW0286  372201  8644399   1349   109   115     6   0.89  Sulphide   109
                               ----------------------------------------------
                                and   123   129     6   1.15  Sulphide   123
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    MLW0287  372103  8644408   1348   141   149     8   1.15  Sulphide   141
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    MLW0288  371999  8644402   1346   172   174     2   0.87  Sulphide   172
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    MLW0290  372312  8645004   1342   173   179     6   0.38  Sulphide   173
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    MLW0294  371657  8645198   1311   256   274    18   1.47  Sulphide   256
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    MLW0316  371305  8645001   1335   248   260    12   0.76  Sulphide   248
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    MLW0320  371352  8645199   1330   216   238    22   0.34  Sulphide   216
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    NOTE: All drill holes were drilled -85 degrees/094 degrees

    

    Commenting on the latest Kanga data, Mr. Craig Williams, Equinox's
President and CEO stated that: "Such an extension could materially impact the
economics of Lumwana with higher grade Kanga ore possibly displacing lower
grade Chimiwungu ore from the current mine schedule. In addition, this data
will further advance the positive merits of bringing forward our process plant
expansion plans".

    On Behalf of the Board of Directors of Equinox:

    Craig R. Williams - President & Chief Executive Officer

    To view Kanga IP & Drill Collar Map, please visit
http://files.newswire.ca/707/KangaIPDrillCollarMap.doc


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    Competent Person and Sampling Protocols
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    As required by the National Instrument 43-101, Equinox's designated
qualified personnel required for the supervision of exploration of the
projects are John Cooke and Mike Richards, employees of the Corporation. Drill
methods utilised to generate the samples was 4.5" diameter reverse circulation
or HQ diamond drilling. Reverse Circulation used a face sampling hammer bit.
Collar positions were located using a differential GPS and the holes were
surveyed every 50m downhole. RC samples were collected into plastic bags via a
cyclone on 1m intervals and split through a 75:25 Jones riffle splitter. 1m
samples were composited to cover a 2m interval at all projects. The resultant
sample of 2kg was placed in a calico bag. Diamond drill core was halved by
diamond saw and sampled on 1m intervals. Duplicates, standard reference
samples and blanks were inserted in the sample sequence at a rate of 1 in 20.
Samples were despatched to Lumwana Exploration Camp, where they were prepared
in accordance with protocols designed by senior ALS personnel through a
purpose built sample preparation facility. Pulps were air freighted to ALS
Chemex at Malaga, Perth Western Australia. All samples were dried, crushed and
pulverised to achieve 90% passing -75microns. The pulp was collected from the
pulveriser bowl by a ceramic sample scoop, and the balance of the pulp stored
for re-assay, if required. Samples were assayed by four acid digest and method
ME-ICP61 up to 10000ppmCu; above this level samples were re-assayed by
Cu-OG62, a more accurate ore grade determination Uranium was assayed by
ME-ICP61 up to a value of 1,000ppm whereupon they were re-assayed by XRF
fusion.  Intercepts were calculated as an arithmetic average. Intervals
represent down hole intercepts, although because of the shallow dip of the
mineralization these approximate true thickness of the intercept. Lower cut
off grades accepted for the intercepts were 0.2%Cu and 100ppmU, with up to 4m
permissible as internal waste.

    Cautionary Language and Forward Looking Statements
    --------------------------------------------------
    This press release contains "forward-looking statements" and
"forward-looking information", which may include, but is not limited to,
statements with respect to the future financial or operating performances of
Equinox, its subsidiaries and their respective projects, the future price of
copper and uranium, the estimation of mineral reserves and resources, the
realization of mineral reserve estimates, the timing and amount of estimated
future production, estimated costs of future production, capital, operating
and exploration expenditures, costs and timing of the development of the
Lumwana Project, the costs of Equinox's hedging policy, costs and timing of
future exploration, requirements for additional capital, government regulation
of exploration, development and mining operations, environmental risks,
reclamation and rehabilitation expenses, title disputes or claims, and
limitations of insurance coverage. Often, but not always, forward-looking
information can be identified by the use of words such as "plans", "expects",
"is expected", "is expecting", "budget", "scheduled", "estimates",
"forecasts", "intends", "anticipates", or "believes", or variations (including
negative variations) of such words and phrases, or state that certain actions,
events or results "may", "could", "would", "might", or "will" be taken, occur
or be achieved. The purpose of forward-looking information is to provide the
reader with information about management's expectations and plans for the
Company. Readers are cautioned that forward-looking information involves known
and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual
results, performance or achievements of Equinox and/or its subsidiaries to be
materially different from any future results, performance or achievements
expressed or implied by the forward-looking information. Such factors include,
among others, those factors discussed in the section entitled "Risk Factors"
in the Company's annual information form, which is available at www.SEDAR.com.
Although Equinox has attempted to identify statements containing important
factors that could cause actual actions, event or results to differ materially
from those described in forward-looking information, there may be other
factors that cause actions, events or results to differ from those
anticipated, estimated or intended. Forward-looking information contained
herein are made as of the date of this document based on the opinions and
estimates of management on the date statements containing such forward looking
information are made, and Equinox disclaims any obligation to update any
forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, estimates
or opinions, future events or results or otherwise. There can be no assurance
that forward-looking information will prove to be accurate, as actual results
and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such
information. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward
looking information.
    Technical information in this release is summarized or extracted from the
"Amended Technical Report on the Lumwana Copper Project, North Western
Province, Republic of Zambia" dated June 2008 (the "Technical Report"),
prepared by Michael Davis, Process Manager, Ausenco Ltd. ("Ausenco"), Ross
Bertinshaw, Principal of Golder Associates Pty Ltd. ("Golder"), Andrew Daley,
Director, of Investor Resources Finance Pty Ltd ("IRF"), Daniel Guibal,
Corporate Consultant (Geostatistics and Resources), of SRK Consulting
(Australasia) Pty Ltd ("SRK") and Robert Hanbury, Associate Director, of
Knight Piésold Pty Ltd. ("Knight Piésold"), each of whom is a "Qualified
Person" in accordance with National Instrument 43-101 -Standards of Disclosure
for Mineral Projects.
    Readers are cautioned not to rely solely on the summary of such
information contained in this release, but should read the Amended Technical
Report which is posted on Equinox's website (www.equinoxminerals.com) and
filed on SEDAR (www.sedar.com) and any future amendments to such report.
Readers are also directed to the cautionary notices and disclaimers contained
herein. All currency in this release is U.S. dollars unless otherwise stated.
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    %SEDAR: 00020823E




For further information:

For further information: Craig R. Williams, (President and Chief
Executive Officer), Michael Klessens, (V.P. Finance and CFO),
+61-(0)-8-9322-3318, equinox@equinoxminerals.com or Kevin van Niekerk, (V.P.
Investor Relations/Corporate Development), (416) 865-3393, Email:
kevin.van.niekerk@equinoxminerals.com; For information on Equinox and
technical details on the Lumwana Project please refer to the company website
at www.equinoxminerals.com

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