Gabon

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Western Lowland Gorilla of Gabon

 

Country Gabon  (Link to map of Gabon)
Continent Africa
Capital Libreville
Population 1.7 million; Life expectancy  52 years
Language French (official), Fang, Myene, Nzebi, Bapounou/Eschira, Bandjabi
Religion Catholic 42%, Protestant 14%, Other Christian 32%, Muslim 6%, animist less than 1%, none 5%
Terrain Narrow coastal plain; hilly interior; savanna in east and south; highest point- Mont Iboundji (5,166 feet) ; lowest point-Atlantic Ocean.

Land Use; Agricultural 19%; Forest 81%

Sports Soccer and basketball are the most popular sports. First Olympic Medal won in 2012-silver medal in Taekwondo
Animals Gorillas (1/4 of all gorillas in Africa), chimpanzees, mandrills (largest concentration in the world), elephants, bongos (antelopes)
Facts of Interest World’s second largest rain forest

Gabon’s oil revenues have given it one of the highest per capita income levels in sub-Saharan Africa. Oil was discovered offshore in the 1970s.

Literacy rate is 83%

About the size of Colorado

Mask making and ritual face paint are important parts of Gabonese culture

Concerns Unequal division of wealth (1/3 of population live in poverty)

35% unemployment among the youth

High risk of infectious disease-typhoid, malaria, dengue fever,4% of population living with AIDS

Human trafficking-Gabon does not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking but is making significant efforts to do so.

Rampant deforestation and poaching remain the major environmental issues

Mission The Christian and Missionary Alliance entered Gabon in 1934; in 2008, all church-planting missionaries transitioned out of Gabon and the churches established by them are now sending out missionaries to other areas.

Presbyterian missionaries were active in the country from 1870 to 1913.

Sources CIA, Animals of the World, africaw, US Department of State (all websites)