Biome Project: The Savanna

By: Anna Hess, Graydon Rogers and Spencer Butts


The Savanna is a type of grassland that includes an open tree canopy, an abundance of shrubs and a consistently warm climate. The Savanna is nicknamed the “tropical grassland” because of its two seasons: dry season and wet season. During dry season, many plants die due to the lack of rain. This demonstrates why the Savanna is generally filled with small vegetation that is able to conserve more water than large plants. However, during wet season the Savanna receives around 15-25 inches of rain.
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Geographic Location

Savannas are commonly found in South America, Africa and northern regions of Australia.

Abiotic Factors


  • Hot, wet season, dry season


  • Savannas are usually in an area between deserts and tropics. They are generally located closer to the equator but never directly on top of it. It is due to the geographic location that Savannas always receive high levels of solar radiation from the sun. The geographic location also describes why Savannas are hot year around.

Vegetation in the Savanna

Animals in the Savanna

Life on the African Savanna
Animal Atlas, Animals of Africa
Grassland Adaptations

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S., Chase. "Lion - Panthera Leo." Lion - Panthera Leo. Blue Planet, 2000. Web. 16 May 2016.

F., Allison. "Savanna Animals." Savanna Animals. Blue Planet, 2000. Web. 16 May 2016.

Melinda Weaver. "Searching the Savanna." ASU - Ask A Biologist. 27 May 2014. ASU - Ask A Biologist, Web. 16 May 2016.