Whilst Mauritania only has 2 endemic mammals, both of which are species of gerbil, it does have 6 endemic species of scorpion! Other endemic vertebrates include a jumping spider and several species of beetle.
Once a territory of France, Mauritania gained independence in 1960.
The official language of Mauritania is Arabic. There are also 6 other languages spoken here, including French.
Mauritanian Ouguiya is the official currency here.
The average life span here is 63 years.
Mauritania was one of the last countries in the world to abolish slavery in 1981!
Mauritania is one of only two countries in the world to not use a decimal currency! The other is Madagascar.
Mauritania grows millet, rice, dates and sorghum (a cereal); they also rear cattle and catch fish.
Its industry consists of fish processing and mining for iron ore, gypsum and gold.
This vast country exports iron ore, gold, fish and fish products.
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