7 Amazing Facts About Senegal
- Senegal’s national symbol is the lion. A lion is the soccer team’s mascot, one adorns the presidential seal and lion statues are often placed at the entrances to towns and in front of military installations. However, decades of hunting and development has almost wiped them out. Niokolo-Koba National Park holds the last remaining lion population in Senegal.
– Source:New York Times
- Senegal has seven World Heritage Sites They are: Goree Island, Saloum Delta, Bassari Country, Saint-Louis Island, the Stone Circles of Senegambia, Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary and Niokolo-Koba National Park.
- The Senegalese flag has green, yellow and red vertical stripes with a central green star. These are pan-African colours with green (along with the star) representing hope and the country’s major religion (Islam), yellow representing the natural riches and the wealth obtained through labour and red representing the struggle for independence, life and socialism.
– Source: Britannic
- The first African movie was filmed in Senegal – Following the fortunes of an impoverished cart driver in Dakar, Borom Street (1963) is a seminal film by the Senegalese director Ousmane Sembène. It is often considered the first film made in Africa by a black African.
The pink lake –The pinkish hue of Lac Rose is, mercifully, not the result of an unfortunate chemical spill, but a natural phenomenon that occurs due to the lake’s unusually high salt content. The saline in the water attracts a non-harmful bacteria, which produces a red pigment to absorb the sun.
- In the 17th and 18th century, the world knew Senegal for three things; slaves, ivory, and gold. These things attracted not only traders but also many pirates of class and repute.
- Some drivers in Senegal attach horse, sheep or cattle hair to their taxis for good luck. Blessed by religious leaders, these tails are believed to provide good fortune.
– Source: New York Times