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A country in Central Africa, on Atlantic coast.

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Gabon at EXPO 2020 Dubai


Gabon – interesting facts:

  1. The name Gabon derives from gabao, which means cloak in Portugese. Komo River mouth was desribed as in shape of a cloak.
  2. More than 80 percent of the country is covered in forest. More than 11 percent is protected area (national parks).
  3. The Equator passes through 13 countries – Gabon is one of them.
  4. Africa’s Last Eden and the best wildlife-watching place in the world is located in Gabon – it is in the Loango National Park.
  5. Gabon is also called the land of the surfing hippos.
  6. This area has been inhabited for over 400 thousand years. First to settle here were Pygmies, now they are only 0,3 percent of population.
  7. Ecosystem and Relict Cultural Landscape of Lopé-Okanda is the only UNESCO World Heritage Site in Gabon, with the highest in the world concentration of elephants and one of the biggest populations of mandrills.
  8. Gabon is home to the leatherback (the largest species of sea turtle in the world) and to around 80% of Africa’s gorillas.

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