Savannah: What You Should Know

The savannah is a type of landscape. Savannas are not in the hottest part of the world, the deserts, but in the tropics and subtropics. It’s still pretty hot there, but also drier than in the rainforest. A savanna is often the transition from a desert to a rainforest. The word savanna comes from the Spanish: “sabana” which is a dry grassy landscape.

In such a savannah, almost the entire ground is covered with plants. Usually, it’s grasses and some shrubs. Trees are more isolated. A typical tree of the savannah is the baobab tree, which is good at storing water. Depending on the type of savannah, more or less rain falls. The rainy season is usually in summer.

Sometimes there are places in the savannah where the grass is missing. The grass may still be high around the spot so that it forms a ring. It’s called a fairy circle. Where that comes from is not certain. Maybe it’s animals like termites or the soil. Anyway, some races find that fairies take care of the circles.

There are savannas on every continent except Antarctica. In Africa, south of the Sahara desert, there is a long strip of savannah. A well-known savannah is the Serengeti in Tanzania and Kenya. In Europe, only large parts of Spain have a savannah-like climate.

Mary Allen

Written by Mary Allen

Hello, I'm Mary! I've cared for many pet species including dogs, cats, guinea pigs, fish, and bearded dragons. I also have ten pets of my own currently. I've written many topics in this space including how-tos, informational articles, care guides, breed guides, and more.

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