Zimbabwe

SPI: 80.15

Species Protection Index Average: 41

National Report Card: Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe is a landlocked country in Southern Africa, with landscapes including high plateaus and mountains. The Zambezi River forms the country’s northwestern border and features the world’s largest waterfall, Victoria Falls. This border also crosses Lake Kariba, the largest reservoir in the world. Most of the country is used for human activities, in its majority by rangeland. Zimbabwe has high biodiversity rarity of terrestrial land vertebrates at a global scale. When analysed as single taxons, the rarity of amphibians is also high. Challenges to biodiversity include deforestation; soil erosion; air and water pollution; wildlife poaching; and toxic pollution from poor mining practices.
27%

of land currently protected

1729

total land vertebrate species

2

endemic land vertebrate species

Species of significant conservation interest

African Pangolin

66
amphibians / 2 endemic
1250
birds / 0 endemic
216
mammals / 0 endemic
197
reptiles / 0 endemic

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

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