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The first successful heart transplant was performed in Cape Town, South Africa.

Africa includes the fifteen least developed nations in the world

With a population of more than 113 million, Nigeria is the most populated country in Africa.

African Greys have been known to carry vocabularies in excess of 100 words.

The world's largest church is located in the capital of Cote d'Ivoire, Africa.

More people are killed in Africa by crocodiles than by lions.

The African eagle, swooping at 100 miles per hour, can brake to a halt in 20 feet. The heaviest known meteorite to fall to Earth the Hoba West meteorite lies where it fell in Africa weighing 60 tons.
Elephant tusks grow throughout an elephant's life and can weigh more than 200 pounds.

The Olympic symbol is made up of five rings, standing for Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and North America.

Africa covers an area of 11,700,000 square miles

The largest city in Africa is Cairo, Egypt, with 9.2 million people.

The shoebill stork native to Africa will stand perfectly still waiting for fish to come to surface in the water.

The Sahara Desert alone is expanding southwards at 0.8 km a month.

Africa's longest river is the Nile, 4,160 miles long.

Lake Victoria is the largest lake in Africa covering an area of 69,490 sq km and lies 1,130 m above sea level.

There are an estimated 690 million people living in Africa

Africa is a continent of 53 independent countries.

In Africa there are more than 150 distinct harp traditions.

African elephants have larger bodies, bigger ears, less bumpy foreheads, and longer tusks than Asian elephants.

The largest country in Africa is Sudan, 968,000 square miles.

Four of the five fastest land animals live in Africa. The cheetah, wildebeest, lion, and Thomson's gazelle.

Africa's tallest mountain is Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, 19,340 feet.

An African elephant will eat up to 500 pounds of food a day.
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