Ethiopia is famous for being the home to several UNESCO World Heritage sites, including several natural and wildlife preserves as well as the rock churches of Lalibela. The Blue Nile also flows through Ethiopia. Ethiopia is also presumed by some scholars as the home of the Queen of Sheba.Know More
The rock churches of Lalibela are monuments carved into the ground from single pieces of rock. Scholarly theory and legend pinpoint one of the churches as the tomb of King Lalibela, for whom they are named, and another as the hiding place of the Ark of the Covenant. The Ethiopian countryside is also punctuated by a vast array of geological formations that include mountains and savannahs. An array of wildlife call these areas home and can be viewed as part of organized safaris.
Omo National Park is home to what is known throughout Africa as "the big five": elephants, lions, leopards, buffalo and rhinoceros as well as zebra and hundreds of different species of birds. The Blue Nile feeds Laka Tana, which is the largest lake in Ethiopia. The monasteries that populate the banks of the lake house priceless works of art, although women are not permitted to enter many of them.Learn more about Africa
The official national language of Ethiopia is Amharic, but 87 other languages are spoken in the country. The most widely spoken language in Ethiopia is Oromo, which around 33.8 percent of the population speaks.Full Answer >
In 2015, the main causes of poverty in Ethiopia are natural disasters and poorly developed agricultural practices. Other causes of poverty in the country are unstable global markets, the spread of HIV/AIDS and malaria, lack of basic infrastructure, and lack of participation in awareness programs and policy-making processes.Full Answer >
Ethiopia was occupied by Italy from May 9, 1936 to May 5, 1941, and was part of the Italian colony of Italian East Africa. Prior to this occupation, Italy had made a failed attempt during the 1880s to claim Ethiopia as a colony.Full Answer >
Some animals that live in Ethiopia are the Gelada baboon, Hamadryas baboon, golden jackal, spot-breasted plover, Abyssinian catbird, Abyssinian longclaw, Ankober serin and black-headed siskin. Ethiopia is home to several native endangered animals, including the Ethiopian wolf and Walia ibex.Full Answer >