Quick Facts

Map of Senegal
Population: 13,711,579
Languages: French, Wolof, Pulaar, Jola, Mandinka
Climate: Dry climate, semi-arid.
Captial City: Dakar


  • Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary – a wetland that is home to three million birds during winter and 1.5 million birds at other times. Inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1981.
  • Casamance – this area in the south of Senegal is home to forests and mangroves, and located along the beachfront.
  • Stone Circles of Senegambia – groups of stone circles representing burial grounds that date back up to 1,500 years. Inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2006.

The Lion

Habitat: Open plains and grasslands
Diet: Mainly wildebeest, zebra, impala, antelope, gazelles, but also rodents, rhinoceros and sometimes carrion.
Classification and relatives: Big cat. Related to the tiger, jaguar, leopard and more distantly to smaller cats, such as the cheetah and the domestic cat.
Endangered status: Vulnerable
Lifespan: 15 years