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Savanna Biome Facts

Savanna Biome Facts
The savanna biome is an area that has a very dry season and then a very wet season. They are situated between a grassland and a forest. They can also overlap with other biomes. There are savanna's located in Africa, South America, India, and Australia.
Interesting Savanna Biome Facts:
The savanna biome is mostly made up of grass but there are a few trees.
Because of the availability of grass in the savanna, there are many grazing animals who take advantage of this abundant food supply.
The savanna biome is rich with herbivores such as elephants, zebras, gazelles, and buffalo.
The largest part of the savanna biome is located in Africa.
Almost half of Africa is considered a savanna.
Because of the extended periods of wet and dry climate in the savanna biome, the availability of food changes throughout the year.
Some animals go so long without water during the dry season that they barely make it alive to the wet season.
The savanna biome receives about 59 inches of rain. Majority of this occurs during the wet season.
Although there are various types of soil in the savanna biome, it is not suitable for farming.
In the savanna biome, all the animals and plants are extremely dependent upon each other for a food supply. If one species of animal were removed, the entire ecosystem would be altered.
Climate is very important in the savanna biome. If the rainfall decreases and/or the temperature increases, the animals and plants will not be able to continue to survive.
The savanna in Africa is a big tourist attraction but the introduction of vehicles and humans into that environment is very stressful to the plants and animals there.
The savanna remains warm all year long. During the wet season, the temperature is more pleasant with an average of 63° F.
There are many herbivores in the savanna biome which also bring many carnivores. Herbivores have developed traits which help them escape predators such as being fast, being large, or being tall.
The savanna biome does have a long dry season so plants there have adapted to this climate. Some store water in their roots and others extend their long roots deep into the ground to recover water from the water table.

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