Zambia

SPI: 90.61

Species Protection Index Average: 41

National Report Card: Zambia

Zambia is a landlocked country in Southern Africa. Its terrain is a high plateau and contains the source of the Congo and Zambezi River, as well as portions of Lake Tanganyika and Victoria Falls, the world’s largest waterfall. Most of the country is used for human activities, in its majority by rangeland. Zambia has high biodiversity rarity of terrestrial land vertebrates at a global scale. When analysed as single taxons, the rarity of amphibians, mammals and reptiles is also high. Challenges to biodiversity include air pollution; acid rain; chemical pollution in watersheds; wildlife poaching; deforestation; soil erosion and desertification.
38.94%

of land currently protected

2019

total land vertebrate species

13

endemic land vertebrate species

Species of significant conservation interest

Lechwe

91
amphibians / 2 endemic
1445
birds / 2 endemic
257
mammals / 6 endemic
226
reptiles / 6 endemic

Information on this page was sourced from the CIA World Factbook and the Half-Earth Project Map.

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