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Savanna (Tropical Grassland)
Temperate Deciduous Forest
Savanna (Tropical Grassland)
The tour starts in the Pine savanna of Honduras then we would travel to the LIanos in Venezuela followed by the Cerrado in Brazil and ending in the Serengeti which is located in Tanzania.
Temperature & Rainfall
Savannas are warm year round but have two main seasons a dry summer and a wet winter.
The largest resource in the savannas are the grasses which are used for rearing live stock.
Also many savannas have a large amount of biodiversity which make them popular tourist attractions.
Ecological, Historical and Cultural Points of Interest
Ecological points of interest are the plants that have adapted to live in this biome. These plants have long roots so as to tap into ground water, and the trees have a thick bark to protect them from catching fire during seasons of drought.
Since savannas occur in many regions the historical and cultural points vary greatly.
There are 38 different ethnic groups live in the Cerrado region of Brazil today.
The Serengeti has been used as a grazing area for the Maasai people for centuries.
In the Serengeti there is poaching of animals.
This is endangering the many amazing species that reside there.
In the Llannos the main rivers have been redirected.
This is drastically changing the geography of this region.
The grass of the savanna have been over grazed by livestock.
This effects the food sources of the natural inhabitants.
Species of the Savanna-
In this biome such as in Africa many locals have made adaptationbs to the Savanna by using it to graze their cattle and goats. These animals don't move around causing the grasses to be eaten up. Without vegetation the savanna turns into a desert; every year large areas of the Savanna are lost to the Sahara desert due to overgrazing and farming.
Three posible futures for this region would be that humans will take it over and develop it. It can become a huge tourist attraction which may cause many species to leave this region. Also there could be a disease that spreads that kills many species which will cause a major disruption in the food chain.
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