The Sahara covers over 3.5 million square miles in North Africa, making it the largest hot desert on Earth (only the cold deserts of the Arctic and Antarctic are larger). The word "Sahara" comes from the Arabic word meaning "desert", so saying "Sahara Desert" is actually a bit redundant. This vast area, despite the hot climate, is home to a wide range of unique and interesting animals. Characteristics: This TOOB includes re-usable packaging with a latching top and carry strap that makes it portable and convenient! It includes 9 miniature yet highly detailed animal figures: A Fennec Fox, an Ostrich, a Dorcas Gazelle, an Addax Antelope, a Deathstalker Scorpion, a Horned Viper, a Desert Monitor, a Cheetah, and an African Wild Dog. Size: About the size of a standard American ruler, this Toob is 1 1/2 inches long, 1 1/2 inches wide, and nearly 13 inches tall and contains figurines of 9 animal toy figures that range from 1 1/4 to 3 3/4 inches tall.