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African Fish Eagle
It is the Zambia’s national bird It is also on the Zambian Coat of arms and the Zambian national Flag. It also appears both as the national bird and on the coat of arms of several other African countries including Namibia, Zimbabwe and South Sudan. They can carry 10 times their own body weight.
Bougainvillea is the national flower of Zambia. It can be grown in pots, as a bonsai, in hanging baskets, along walls, over trellises, as a hedge and other places in the garden. It comes in pink or purple variaties
This symbol of independence is a reminder of Zambia’s fight for freedom.
It was based on a well documented feat of a man by the name of Mpundu Mutembo who managed to break his chains after being ordered to break free or be instantly shot dead by British colonial soldiers.
It is a popular drink throughout Zambia. It is a mildly fermented drink made from pounded roots mixed with bits of Maize The mixture can be drunk immediately after it is made or allowed to ferment for several days. It is often called “sweet beer” by Zambians. It is also found in The Democratic Republic of Congo
Giant Kabwe Fig Tree
The giant Kabwe fig tree is a towering cape fig tree that stands prominently in downtown Kabwe, Zambia. It is a national monument is estimated to be over 1,000 years old and has a massive canopy that measures over 50 meters wide.
The tree is also a significant cultural and historical landmark. It is said to have been a meeting place for early settlers in the area, and it played a role in Zambia’s struggle for independence.
A chitenge is an African piece of fabric that can come in many variations of colourful patterns. often worn by women and wrapped around the chest or waist, over the head as a headscarf or as a baby sling.
Nowadays, they have become very popular in the world of fashion and can even be tailored or modified into elegant outfits for both men and women at special occasions.
Nshima is a staple food in Zambia and is made from maize meal or mealie meal boiled in water It is eaten with side dishes known as relish that can range from vegetables, gravy, meat etc
Traditionally, you have to wash your hands as nshima is eaten with bare hands.
The silimba is a xylophone developed by the Lozi people of Western Province. The tuned keys are tied atop resonating gourds. Other tribes that incorporate it are the Nkoya for thier “Kazanga Nkoya” ceremony. It is now popularily used throughout the country.
Flag of Zambia
The flag of Zambia was hoisted for the first time at midnight, October 23, 1964. It symbolizes patriotism and the nation’s wealth. Its basic colour is green with an orange-coloured eagle in flight over a rectangular block of three vertical stripes in red, black, and orange (left to right).
Red represnts the struggle for freedom; black, the people of Zambia who come in all shades; orange, the country’s mineral wealth; and green, the natural resources. The eagle in flight symbolizes the freedom in Zambia and the ability to rise above the country’s problems.
Zambia’s Endemic Species
These are a list of Plants, Animals, Birds, Fish, Reptiles and Amphibians that are native and/or restricted to Zambia. Note that some of them may have been later introduced to other parts of the world.