It can be located on the West of Africa. The two-thirds towards the North of Mauritania are desert. Nouakchott is the country's capital the main port and a single rail line connecting the mines. The people of Mauritania speak Arabic, Sonike, Wolof, French, and Hassaniya. The desert of this country has deposits of gypsum, which is used for making plaster and has huge reserves of Iron ore. Animals like gerbils, lions, monkeys, and foxes and insects like centipedes and millipedes are found in these areas. Fishing is the important sport in Mauritania along the coast and attracts many tourists for this sport. The country's staple food is rice and fish is the source of protein.