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Tropical Savanna. Ryan Taylor, Afton Conner, and Jessalyn Stivers. Table of Contents. Pg. 1 Pg. 2-6 Pg. 7-13 Pg. 14-18 Pg. 19 Pg. 20 Pg. 21 Pg.22 Pg.23. Overview Zoology Botany Geography Meteorology Human influence Questions Glossary Work cited. Overview. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Tropical Savanna

Tropical Savanna Ryan Taylor, Afton Conner, and Jessalyn Stivers

Table of ContentsOverviewZoologyBotanyGeographyMeteorologyHuman influenceQuestionsGlossaryWork cited

Pg. 1Pg. 2-6Pg. 7-13Pg. 14-18Pg. 19Pg. 20Pg. 21Pg.22Pg.23 OverviewTropical savannas are biomes full of interesting life. Though not many humans live in these regions, many exotic plants and animals thrive here.

1Zoology (Animal Life)There are many different species that live in savannahs. Forty percent of the wildlife are mammals.There are amphibians and hundreds of birds that live in this habitat.


African ElephantThese animals have special jobs keep the savanna clear by eating shrubs and trees which helps grass grow.They are endangered because hunters and poachers kill them for their ivory tusks to sell.


Egyptian Mongoose able to live in the savanna because the color of their fur blends with the surroundings of this area.preyed on by birds of prey and large carnivores on the savanna.


Estuarine Crocodile- found in Australia, Southeast Asia, India and around western Pacific Islands.Not just found along coast, also found upstream in freshwater swamps and billabongs


Other Animals Found in this areaBats Koala BearLion ZebraGiraffeTigerBaboons African tree frog 6

Botany (Plant Life)Plants are highly specialized to grow in this environment for long periods of droughtHave special qualities to obtain and conserve water

7Senegal Gum AcaciaLook like pea pods Can survive in long droughtsUsed for flavoring certain sodas


Baobabupside down treeLeaves are made for condiments/ medicines


Bermuda GrassStems are often purple in colorTo Hindu, it is a sacred grass


Candelabra Tree

Looks like small cactuses at the top which makes tree appear like candelabraVery poisonous


Manketti TreeProduce fruit and the nuts produce oil


Other plants include: Elephant grassGum tree eucalyptusJackalberry treeJarrah Tree Kangaroo pawRiver bushwillowUmbrella thorn acacia Whistling thorn 13

Geography constitutes extensive areas in eastern Africa, South America, India, Southern Brazil, Southern Florida, and Australia.Can be divided into 3 large areas: Western Plateau, Central Lowlands, Eastern Highlands


Western PlateauRelatively flatCoastal boundaries have more rugged areas


Central LowlandsFlat and low- lyingConsists of sedimentary rocks

16Eastern HighlandsLess pronouncedArea of some of the worlds highest waterfalls


Other key geographic factors:River deltasPeneplainsUnderwater AvalanchesSandstonesBasalt volcanic lava


MeteorologyRanges from wet to dry seasonsAverage monthly temperatures range at or above 64 degreesPrecipitation averages between 30 and 50 inches per yearDry season lasts for about 5 months and less than 4 inches of rain are received


Human InfluencePopulation of humans living in savannas are slowly decreasing due to opportunities available in domestic areasMajority of those living in savannas live in AfricaPoachers and hunters seeking elephant tusks are common in these regions


Questions1. What plant is used to make medicine?2. What tree is known as the upside down tree?3. Are there many people that live in the savanna?4. What is the annual rainfall percentage?5. What are the three regions of the geography? 6. What three geographic factors of the savanna?7. What percentage of the animals are mammals?8. Are there amphibians that live here?


GlossaryGrasslands- areas where vegetation is dominated by grasses and other herbaceous plants Climate- prevailing weather conditions of an areaTropical- region of Earth near the equator