The most famous of the animal movements through grasslands is the Great Wildebeest Migration which takes place on the African Plains. Here, the biggest concentration of grass living animals are on a continuous cycle through Kenya and Tanzania, following the rains and the best feeding grounds to support their young and being followed by many predators, makes for one of the world’s greatest wildlife spectacles.
It may surprise you to know that grasses provide food for most of the world’s land species and 10,000 varieties of grass cover a quarter of all vegetated land. It is a plant that keeps on growing, even though it’s constantly being eaten and because it grows from it’s base it is always active.
Low level in the grasses there are lizards and insects which provide food for predators above such as larger birds and reptiles. Termites are amongst the most successful of insects living on the grasslands, in places like the savannah of Brazil there are more termite mounds per acre than anywhere else! These are followed of course by the weird looking Anteater and other mammals. On the vast plains and prairie lands of North America temperatures can drop massively below freezing but Bison survive here in huge herds, such as in Yellowstone National Park.
Tribal people who live on these grasslands have adapted tracking skills like no other. The bushmen of the Kalahari in Botswana are amongst the best in the world and rely on the animals of the grasslands for food and clothing. People work together with animals in cases such as following the Honeyguide bird to locate wild honey supplies.
When rivers flood or heavy rain falls, flooded grasslands can attract many migrating species of wildlife. The Pantanal in Brazil is really a flooded savannah and here you can find Jaguar, Capybara, Giant Otters and many other intriguing species. Grasslands and Savannah are ideal for horses and as such they are ridden by local people in regions such as Mongolia, Australia, Brazil and Botswana and there are plenty of horse riding holidays available to many destinations in the world. Throughout India, the grasslands of the parks and reserves are home to the beautiful tiger.
So, if a horse riding holiday, African Safari or South American savannah exploration appeal to you and you want to learn more about the varied grasslands of the world, give me a call to put together the perfect holiday …… Where in the world would you rather be?