Large tortoises are among the longest-lived animals on the planet. Some individual Aldabra giant tortoises are thought to be over 200 years of age, but this is difficult to verify because;
- they are difficult to find, living in inhospitable/extreme habitats
- they tend to outlive their human observers
- they adapt to remove their tracking devices from each other
- they hibernate for long periods of time, their heart rate dropping below the monitor’s reading
Kabalagala is a neighborhood in Kampala, the capital and largest city in Uganda. The name is derived from the Luganda name for what?
- a pancake
- a tribal chief
- a prominent Canadian settler family (Cabot-Gala)
- a noisy indigenous bird from whose cry the name is derived
The Masai Mara got its name from the local people who called the land “Mara” which means “spotted” in Maa in the Masai language. Which of the following is NOT a reason why?
- The grassland is dotted with hundreds of thorn trees, widely spaced, their crowns far from touching. They look like acacias, but the so-called ‘Desert Date’ known by their botanical name Balanites aegyptiaca.
- Named after the cheetah, a pre-dominant predator in the area.
- The Masai Mara is also dispersed or “spotted” with animals, especially during the Great Migration when an unbelievable numbers of wildebeest and zebras trek across wide expanses of grassland, and bound across wide rivers to travel great distances in search of food.
- The Masai Mara is also “spotted” with cloud shadows over the Savannah and the plains.
Breakfast (quraac) is an important meal for Somalis, who often start the day with some style of tea (shaah) or coffee (qaxwa). The tea is often in the form of haleeb shai (Yemeni milk tea) in the north and the main dish is typically a pancake-like bread similar to what?
- Kenyan Chapati
- Swahili Crepes
- Ethiopian Injera
- Ugandan Pancakes
According to oral tradition of the Tchaman as reported in the Encyclopedic Dictionary of Côte d’Ivoire, the name “Abidjan” results from a misunderstanding. Legend states that an old man carrying branches to repair the roof of his house met a European explorer who asked him the name of the nearest village. The old man did not speak the language of the explorer, and thought that he was being asked to justify his presence in that place. Terrified by this unexpected meeting, he fled shouting “min-chan m’bidjan”. What did it translate to in the Ébrié language?
- “I must tell the Chief!”
- “I must leave Atchan.”
- “I have seen a ghost!”
- “I just cut leaves.”
Ostriches are fast and furious. Although they only have two toes, they are one of the fastest animals on the planet and they can run faster than thoroughbred horses. What other amazing thing can they do?
- Roar like lions
- Outrun a cheetah
- Outrun Usain Bolt
In Kamina, an important railway node in the southern Democratic Republic of Congo, every day hundreds of people get on a train named after a bird. Stopping at virtually every station from Lubumbashi to Ilebo, the train attracts many street vendors who turn the stops – often due to technical problems – into buzzing markets.
What is bird is it named after?
- the “zebra finch”
- the “crane”
- the “macaw” or more popular “African mockingjay”
- the “swallow”
South of Cairo, Egypt, is the world’s major production center for which highly sought after materials?
- Marble and Granite
- Gold and Copper
- Steel and Iron Ore
- Gypsum and Aluminium
Yves Henri Donat Mathieu-Saint-Laurent, professionally Yves Saint-Laurent, was a French fashion designer and businessman who, in 1961, founded his now famous fashion label. Where was he born?
- Abidjan, Ivory Coast
- Oran, Algeria
- Beau Vallon, Seychelles
- Gisenyi, Rwanda
In 1883, Joseph Thompson was the first European to penetrate the feared Maasai region known as Empusel (Amboseli). What is it’s meaning?
- ‘a round elevation’
- ‘place of cool waters’
- ‘salty, dusty place’