savannah biome

 

Named after a picturesque town in the southeastern United States, the biome known as the Savanna is home to a wide range of animal species, though it is habitat for a relatively small variety of plant life. 

The most prevalent species of plant by far is "Savannah Grass," which not only forms the basis for the food chain in the biome, but also provides cover for predators and shelter for prey. Quadrapedal ruminants like the Thompson's Gazelle, Buffalo, and Warthog, graze on Savannah Grass and, in turn, are preyed upon by larger wild cat species like Lions, Cheetah and Tigers. Dingoes and bearcats probe the grass for smaller game, like Scrag Bunions and Wooly Tamarinds. While the seas of tall grass makes all this possible, it is not the only food of the Savannah Biome: Giraffe, elephants, and Kurelloes use their lengthy reach to probe the patchy groves of Transo Trees that spot the Savannah.

The Savannah Biome covers patches of the earth in a band roughly between 30 and 40 degrees south latitude. There are an estimated 40 million square miles of Savannah on earth with the largest example of the biome being the Bengali Savannah, located in Southern India. 

Major Plant and Animal Life Supported by Savannahs

Plant Life

Animal Life

Savannah Grass
Quillaja
Sandbar Willow
Templetonia
Hakea
Cydonia
Eucalyptus
Panama Tree
Giant Water Gum
Thespesia
Grassland Vitex
Transo Tree

Thompson's Gazelle
Lion
Tiger 
Cheetah
Bustard
Kurelloe
Mallee Fowl
Honeypot Ant
Fer-de-Lance
Stutz Bearcat
Scrag Bunion
Wooly Tamarind

 

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Web site created by Dr. Alan Gooden, Geobiology Department, Henrietta University, Prempe, NM. Send your comments or questions about biomes to shankhead@thevillagelink.com