On the east side of Independence Avenue the Zoo Park provides a welcome shady retreat and contains a couple of contrasting monuments. The more unusual is the elephant column, which marks the spot where elephant bones and early tools dating back five thousand years were found – precious evidence of early human settlement in the area. The column is an intriguing bas-relief of an elephant hunt topped with a sculpted elephant skull. More contentious is the century-old German war memorial, topped by a gilt imperial eagle, commemorating the fallen German soldiers who died in the Nama uprising against colonial rule, though the absence of a sibling monument to honour the Nama who died is conspicuous by its absence. The park also hosts the annual |Ae||Gams Cultural Festival in September, with plenty of singing, dancing and craft and food stalls.