American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- A river rising along the border of Zambia and Congo (formerly Zaire) and meandering about 965 km (600 mi) through central Zambia to the Zambezi River.
“Sesheke, and crossing over in a N.E. direction to the Kafue, which is only six days distant, and descending that river to the Zambesi.”
“This is bad news for many, as the Kafue is the only reliable source of water for the Copperbelt province and the capital of”
“It should be borne in mind that the Luanga (also known as the Lunga) is a tributary of the Luengwe-Kafukwe, itself often called Kafue, and that the Luangwa (or”
“Thirty-nine species of fish have been recorded from the waters below the falls, including butter barbel Schilbe mystus, eastern bottlenose Mormyrus longirostris, chessa Distichodus schenga, nkupe Distichodus mossambicus, and eighty-four from the waters above the falls, including African mottled eel Platystacus cotylephorus, tigerfish Hydrocynus vittatus, Kafue pike Hepsetus odue and silver barbel Schilbe intermedius and several species of bream.”
“Lechwe (Kobus leche) populations are known to exceed 20,000 in Moremi Game Reserve, while more than 35,000 individuals of the endemic subspecies, the Kafue lechwe (Kobus leche kafuensis) have been recorded in Lochinvar National Park.”
“Increased wealth and government/aid inputs, as well as extensive tsetse fly control have contributed to a large increase in cattle numbers over the past few decades; as many as 250,000 head of cattle are said to graze only in the Kafue Flats.”
“Chaplin's barbet (Lybius chaplini) is endemic to south central Zambia, concentrated in the Kafue basin between Kafue National Park and Lusaka.”
“The population of Kafue lechwe that numbered about 100,000 in 1971 before construction of hydroelectric dams dropped to nearly half that number in 1987 after dam construction due to the altered flood regime.”
“While several of the wetlands such as the Barotse Floodplain and the Kafue flats have been occupied for centuries, large changes are becoming evident in many of the areas as human activities and land-use intensifies.”
“For example, black lechwe (Kobus leche smithermani), tsessebe, and sitatunga dominate the Bangweulu basin, while the Kafue lechwe and Burchell's zebra are amongst the most prominent herbivores in Kafue Flats.”
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