Africa... the second largest and second most populous continent. It's the cradle
of human life and home to over 1 billion people (according to the United Nations Population
Fund), with a UNESCO-estimated 2000 languages being spoken. Bisected by the equator
and lying almost entirely in the tropics, Africa's landscape nonetheless offers such
natural wonders as the Nile River, Mount Kilimanjaro, Lake Victoria and Victoria Falls.
It is home to over 3,000 protected areas, including close to 200 protected marine
areas, 80 wetlands, and 50 biosphere reserves.