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  1. THE SAVANNA The Tropical Grasslands

  2. TO THE SERENGETI 18 hour flight across land and ocean to Tanzania, Central Africa… so much ocean Lots of time for a movie marathon and card games Watching the Lion King to prep for our big trip

  3. SERIOUS BUSINESS • We went to the remote Western Serengeti with a team of zoologists led by a man named Alex • Our mission was to observe the wildlife in the region and how the climate affects their behavior • We were thrilled but we didn’t realize that the climate would also affect us…

  4. WEATHER SHOCK • We went in May when the temperature could reach a high of 30°C • This is the dry season, so there was absolutely no rain while we were researching

  5. THE LAND • As we drive we notice that the Savanna on the Serengeti is mostly flat except for a few hills and rising Mt. Kilimanjaro in the distance • The leader of our convoy, Alex, told us that the ground is full of nutrients due to decaying roots from the grasses and the Grumeti River waters the land • Although there are no forests like in B.C. we spot a few scattered trees such as Sausage trees, Umbrella trees, and the occasional shrub

  6. HOW ARE SAVANNAS CREATED? • Climate is the most important factor in creating savannas • Temperatures range from hot to warm • 50 to 130cm of precipitation annually • Precipitation takes place between 6 or 8 months during the year. During this period thunderstorms are common

  7. LEARNING ABOUT THE DRY SEASON • The lack of precipitation during the remainder of the year creates an extremely dry period • Grassfires are common during the dry season • These fires are necessary for the growth of the plants that occupy this region.

  8. SPOTTING SPROUTING GRASS • The ash left over from the grassfires provides a source of nutrients for the new sprouting grasses • Alex explains that as the grasses have deep roots, when the rainy season begins, plants grow rapidly, as fast as 1 inch a day • He mentioned some grasses found in the Serengeti are Red Grass, Pan Dropseed, and Red Dropseed


  10. WILDEBEESTS We saw one of the massive herd in migration as they moved to find water and fresh grass

  11. ELEPHANTS The elephants reminded us why we were here on a research mission This colossal creature is endangered

  12. ZEBRAS Similar to wildebeests, zebras travel in herds

  13. COLOBUS Extremely rare, we were overjoyed to have seen it It is found no where else in the Serengeti, except in the trees banking the Grumeti River

  14. CROCODILES Big Scary Deadly

  15. LEOPARDS Solitary animals that hunt alone


  17. BACK AT CAMP ITS OUR TURN TO BE THE TEACHER THE PRAIRIES SAVANNA Generally warm or hot To dry for large scale agriculture The plants are unfriendly looking with twisted branches, thorns, and brambles The animals are adaptable to the hot climate • It can be hot or cold depending on the season • Agriculture on an industrial scale takes place • The plants are lush and green • The animals have learned to survive not only Summer but also winter


  19. Bibliography Allaby, Michael. Biomes of the Earth, Grasslands. Chelsea House, 2006. Print. Sandner, Lionel et al. BC Science 10. Canada: McGraw-Hill Ryerson, 2008. Print. National Park’s Official Site: Serengeti. 2000. Web. 7 Feb. 2013. Webber, Charles. University of California Museum of Paleontology. Charles Webber, 2002. Web. 7 Feb. 2013