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African Savanna Biome!

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Annie Leslie

on 6 November 2012

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The best place on Earth! Take a virtual journey through the African Savanna! What is the Savanna? Why is it so important? A savanna is a beautiful rolling grassland scattered with shrubs and isolated trees. Since there is not enough rain that falls in savannas to support forest, the savanna has developed a unique look. Savannas are also known as tropical grasslands. They can be found in many places, like Australia, Africa, and South America. The African Savanna is one of the prettiest places on Earth, with it's beautiful plant life and diverse wild animals! Well, there's lots to do! An endless amount of things to see! Why in the world the African Savanna? What should we pack?! DANGER! DANGER! The savanna is home for MANY wild animals. Some of which are on their way to extinction. Without the savannas, many birds and animals would die off. In the savanna, there's water, soil, but most importantly, there are fires. Without the constant fires a tropical savanna could not turn into a tropical forest! The Canddabra Tree is native to the African Savanna. It grows about 30-40 feet high. It's sap will blister one's skin, and blind the eyes if it comes in contact. Also, breathing in the fumes from the sap burns your throat. This way animals wont feed on it. The Jackal Berry Tree is also native to the Savanna. It is found through out Africa and grows up to 80 feet. It's wood is hard, heavy, and very strong so it is almost completely resistant to termites! Another wonderful plant of the savanna is the River Brushwillow. It grows 30-35 feet tall, with branches that grow rapidly and at crazy angles! It has developed thick bark to resist forest fires, and it conserves water in it's leaves for cry spells. The most recognizable tree of the African savanna is the Umbrella Thorn. This tree grows 20 meters high. It has a deep taproot that reaches 115 feet underground to gain water during droughts. African Elephants live in the savanna. They are the largest mammals in the world. They weigh up to 10,000 pounds, and are 12 feet tall. They have very tough skin to protect them from the deadly predator bites. Chacma Baboon is the savanna's version of a monkey. Baboons have developed a very good sense of climbing in order to escape predators. They also have pouches in their mouths to store food and water. Grant's Zebra is the horse of the savanna. When a predator comes near, the herd of zebras will get together so all the predator sees is a maze of stripes. They also have strong hooves and sharp teeth to defend themselves. Of course a savanna wouldn't be complete without the lions! Lions coats are perfect camouflage. Lions have also developed tough pads on there feet to protect their paws from the rough terrain. Lions provide food for scavengers. They pick up the scraps after the lion is done with dinner. Baboons leave behind food for other animals to eat. The most cliche and fun thing to do? Take a safari! The savanna has amazing game! Hunt the best! (Not the endangered ones of course! For all you manly men, wrestle with the crocodiles! (Do at own risk!) Nants ingonyama bagithi Baba
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Remember The Lion King?! Your favorite childhood movie? Everyone loves a Disney classic. The Lion King takes place on an African Savanna! Who wouldn't want to see that?! Like The Lion King, the more modern movie Madagascar II: Escape to Africa is also on an African Savanna! Wouldn't you love to take your kids to see where their childhood animal friends made the movie?! Travel just a bit north and visit the Sahara Desert! Also not too far is a tropical rainforest! It rains only about 127 centimeters a year. That's only 2.5 centimeters a week! So you won't be needing a raincoat! During the "Dry Season", the average temperature is about 93 degrees. In the "Wet Season" it's about 61 degrees. So I'd pack tank tops, t-shirts, and shorts! In addition, it would be a good idea to pack good hiking gear. You would want tennis shoes, and light clothing. Make sure to bring good sunglasses because the sun shines pretty bright! Sadly, there are quite a few wonderful wild life animals endangered in the African Savanna. Like the African Elephant, the African Wild Dog, the Chacma Baboon, the Grant's Zebra, the Lion, and more of the 45 species of mammals, almost 500 species of birds, and 55 species of acacia in the Serengeti Plains. Humans are occupying a lot of the savanna with factories, mines, houses, and farms. Humans have hunted many animals to exciton or endangered. Humans are also causing pollution with smoke, and exhaust fumes from cars. The pollution is making it hard for the animals to breathe. Also there is a big fear of a climate change erasing the African savannas! Scientist predict that rainfall is going to increase in the savannas in the next 50 years, due to humans using fossil fuels. If rainfall increase, the African savannas will be overgrown with trees, grass, and shrubs.
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