Trade in Lions
Lions in Culture
National Coat of Arms (L-R): Until 1962, 1962-1966, 1966-present
The kings of Burundi, prior to becoming a republic in 1966, were given a title of Ntare, Mwezi, Mutaga and Mwambutsa in rotation. Every fourth king had the title Ntare, which means lion. The Kingdom of Burundi was founded during the middle of the seventeenth century by Ntare Rushatsi; Rushatsi meaning “hairy lion”. The last king of Burundi was Ntare V Charles Ndizeye who reigned from 1 September until 28 November 1966. He was deposed in a military coup by his prime minister and chief of staff who abolished the monarchy and declared a republic. The king went into exile in West Germany before returning to Burundi in April 1972. The Hutu uprising that started soon after saw him executed on 29th April 1972.
After Belgian Congo gained its independence in 1960, Belgium issued a coin for what was left of its African territories: Rwanda and Burundi. Only a single coin was issued for the joint territory of Rwanda-Burundi: a brass 1 Franc coin picturing a lion. The lion within the coat of arms of present day Burundi appears on the country’s bank notes.
Institut National pour l'Environnement et la Conservation de la Nature (INeCN)
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