Endemic Animals of Zambia








Black-cheeked lovebird
Black-cheeked lovebird
The black-cheeked lovebird is a small parrot species of the lovebird genus. It is mainly green and has a brown head, red beak, and white eyerings. It is endemic to a relatively small range in southwest Zambia, where it is vulnerable to habitat loss.
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Black-cheeked lovebird
Chaplin's barbet
Chaplin's barbet
Chaplin's barbet or the Zambian barbet, is a bird species in the family Lybiidae, which was until recently united with the other barbets in the Capitonidae. This bird was named in honor of Sir Francis Drummond Percy Chaplin, a former colonial governor. The species was renamed to emphasize its status as Zambia's only true endemic bird species. It is endemic to South Central Zambia and is restricted to the area between the Upper Kafue River to ...
Kabanga in the Kalomo District. Its natural habitats are moist savanna and arable land. It is threatened by habitat loss. It was formerly classified as a Near Threatened species by the IUCN. But new research has shown it to be rarer than it was believed. Consequently, it is uplisted to Vulnerable status in 2008.
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Chaplin's barbet
White-chested tinkerbird
White-chested tinkerbird
The white-chested tinkerbird is a species of bird in the Lybiidae family . It is endemic to the Zambezian Cryptosepalum dry forests of Zambia. It is only known from the single type specimen, collected in 1964 by Jali Makawa, the field assistant and collector for Constantine Benson. Genetic evidence suggests that it may not a separate species, but instead be a population embedded within the yellow-rumped tinkerbird if it is not an aberrant ...
individual.
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White-chested tinkerbird
Hyperolius pyrrhodictyon
Hyperolius pyrrhodictyon
Hyperolius pyrrhodictyon is a species of frog in the family Hyperoliidae. It is endemic to Zambia. Its natural habitats are dry savanna, moist savanna, subtropical or tropical dry shrubland, subtropical or tropical moist shrubland, subtropical or tropical dry lowland grassland, subtropical or tropical seasonally wet or flooded lowland grassland, rivers, swamps, freshwater lakes, intermittent freshwater lakes, freshwater marshes, intermittent ...
freshwater marshes, arable land, pastureland, urban areas, heavily degraded former forest, water storage areas, ponds, open excavations, irrigated land, seasonally flooded agricultural land, and canals and ditches.
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Hyperolius pyrrhodictyon
Zygaspis kafuensis
Zygaspis kafuensis
Zygaspis kafuensis is a worm lizard species in the family Amphisbaenidae. It is endemic to Zambia. Its type locality is located in the Kafue National Park.
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Zygaspis kafuensis
Bangweulu tsessebe
Bangweulu tsessebe
The tsetsebe, sassaby or Bangweulu tsessebe is a population and possible taxon of topi or sassaby, which are large African antelopes of grasslands. This population is presently restricted to northern Zambia in the wild, although it was recorded as occurring in neighbouring southernmost Democratic Republic of the Congo in the 1940s. Also seen as the northernmost population belonging to the nominate southern sassaby subspecies, in 2003 it was ...
described as a new species, only to be downgraded to a subspecies a few years later. Its taxonomic status is unclear as of 2021. As an individual sassaby of this taxon cannot be clearly distinguished from populations to the south, the taxon was defined using an experimental suite of statistical techniques applied to a sample set, based on multivariate analysis, and recognised under an experimental new taxonomy. Nominate sassaby antelopes become progressively darker on average in the northern populations, and on average have a slightly thicker horns at the base of the skull, but those of northern Zambia are the darkest and with the most robust horns on average .
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Bangweulu tsessebe
Kafue lechwe
Kafue lechwe
The Kafue lechwe is a subspecies of the southern lechwe. It is endemic to the Kafue Flats, Zambia. It is listed on the IUCN Red List as vulnerable.
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Kafue lechwe
Ansell's mole-rat
Ansell's mole-rat
Ansell's mole-rat is a species of rodent in the family Bathyergidae. It is endemic to Zambia. Its natural habitats are moist savanna and miombo forests. It is noted for its very long tunnels, up to 2.8 km for a single colony of only ten individuals.
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Ansell's mole-rat
Ansell's shrew
Ansell's shrew
Ansell's shrew is a species of mammal in the family Soricidae. It is endemic to Zambia. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests. It is threatened by habitat loss.
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Ansell's shrew
Zambian mole-rat
Zambian mole-rat
The Zambian mole-rat is a species of rodent in the family Bathyergidae. It is found in Zambia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It was formerly considered a subspecies of Cryptomys hottentotus.
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Zambian mole-rat
Rosevear's striped grass mouse
Rosevear's striped grass mouse
Rosevear's lemniscomys or Rosevear's striped grass mouse is a species of rodent in the family Muridae. It is found in Zambia and possibly Angola, where its natural habitat is cryptosephalum dry forest. The species is threatened by habitat loss.
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Rosevear's striped grass mouse
Neave's mouse
Neave's mouse
Neave's mouse is a species of rodent in the family Muridae. It is found in Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Its natural habitat is dry savanna.
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Neave's mouse
Pitman's shrew
Pitman's shrew
Pitman's shrew is a species of mammal in the family Soricidae. It is endemic to Zambia.
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Pitman's shrew
Sakeji horseshoe bat
Sakeji horseshoe bat
The Sakeji horseshoe bat is a species of bat in the family Rhinolophidae. It is endemic to Zambia. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forest, subtropical or tropical moist lowland forest, and moist savanna, especially Zambia, Mwinilunga District, Ikelenge Pedicle between the Sakeji and Zambezi rivers, approximately 11 km NNE of source of Zambezi River, Kavunda, 11
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Sakeji horseshoe bat
Kafue mole-rat
Kafue mole-rat
The Kafue mole-rat is a species of rodent in the family Bathyergidae. It is endemic to Zambia. Its natural habitat is moist savanna.
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Kafue mole-rat
Micklem's mole-rat
Micklem's mole-rat
The Micklem's mole-rat is a species of rodent in the family Bathyergidae. It is found in Zambia. It is a subterranean species of chisel tooth diggers.
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Micklem's mole-rat