Size of keychain:
Height: 2 inches
Width: 2 inches
Length: 1/18 inch
Hand Crafted in South Africa
This unique keychain is shaped like the African continent, with the African big five, the elephant, lion, leopard, rhino and Cape buffalo in bas-relief. This beautiful key chain is an ideal gift for yourself or that special loved one. A must for all collectors.
About The African Continent
Africa is the world's second-largest and second most-populous continent, after Asia. If adjacent islands are included, it covers six percent of Earth's total surface area and 20 percent of the total land area. With more than 900,000,000 people (as of 2005) in 61 territories, it accounts for about 14 percent of the world's human population. The continent is surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, the Suez Canal and the Red Sea to the northeast, the Indian Ocean to the southeast, and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. There are 46 countries including Madagascar, and 53 including all the island groups.
Africa, particularly central eastern Africa, is widely regarded within the scientific community to be the origin of humans and the Hominidae tree, as evidenced by the discovery of the earliest hominids, as well as later ones that have been dated to around seven million years ago including Sahelanthropus tchadensis, Africanus, Homo erectus, with the earliest humans being dated to ca. 200,000 years ago, according to this view.
Afri was the name of several peoples who dwelt in North Africa near the provincial capital, Carthage. The Roman suffix "-ca" denotes "country or land." Other etymologies that have been postulated for the ancient name 'Africa':
• the Latin word aprica, meaning "sunny";
• the Greek word aphrike, meaning "without cold."
Africa is home to some of the most remarkable natural wonders in the world. Included among them are Mounts Kilimanjaro and Kenya, the Great Rift Valley, Lakes Victoria and Tanganyika, the Niger River, Victoria Falls, the Atlas Mountains, the Kalahari and Sahara Deserts, as well as the beautiful Serengeti Plain.
About The African Big Five.
The phrase Big Five game was coined by big-game hunters and refers to the five most difficult animals in Africa to hunt on foot. The term is still used in most tourist and wildlife guides that discuss African wildlife safaris.
The collection consists of the lion, the African elephant, the Cape Buffalo, the leopard and the rhinoceros, either the black rhinoceros or the white rhinoceros. The members of the big five were chosen for the difficulty in hunting them and not their size.
Safari Club International, an organization dedicated to trophy hunters, offers a trophy for hunting all five species, called the "African Big Five Grand Slam," along with 14 other Grand Slams for other species, and a total of more than 40 different awards.
The big five are among the most dangerous mammals:
The Lion (Panthera leo) is a large carnivorous feline of Africa and northwest India, having a short tawny coat, a tufted tail, and, in the male, a heavy mane around the neck and shoulders.
The African elephant (Loxodonta Africana) is a very large herbivore having thick, almost hairless skin, a long, flexible, prehensile trunk, upper incisors forming long curved tusks of ivory, and large, fan-shaped ears. There are two distinct species of African elephant: African Forest Elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis) and the African Bush Elephant (Loxodonta africana).
The African Buffalo or Cape Buffalo (Syncerus caffer) is a large horned bovid. It is the most dangerous of the Big Five, reportedly causing the most hunter deaths.
The Leopard (Panthera pardus) is a large, carnivorous feline having either tawny fur with dark rosette-like markings or black fur. Leopards are the most difficult to acquire hunting licenses for and are often difficult to hunt due to their behavior and their nocturnal feeding habits. Leopard hunting usually overlaps several weeks of baiting.
The Rhinoceros is a large, thick-skinned herbivore having one or two upright horns on the snout. In Africa, there are two distinct species of rhinoceros; the Black Rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis) and the White Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum). Both of these species have two upright horns on the snout.
The 1990 release of South African rand banknotes feature a different Big Five animal on each denomination.
Countries where the big five can all be found include South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania and Botswana. According to recent studies it is difficult to spot the Rhinoceros in Botswana.