# 1: Get Acquainted With Exotic Animal Species Of The Savannah Regions

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# 1: Get Acquainted With Exotic Animal Species Of The Savannah Regions

The savannah regions of the world are home to over 20,000 species of flora and fauna and are characterized as hot and dry areas. However, there are instances when it can get extremely wet in these regions. They are located in the lower latitudes and are usually bordered by grasslands and forests in parts of Africa, Australia, India, Madagascar, South America and the South East of Asia.

Due to its dry nature, animals in the savannah usually live on the brink of starvation and have to be more and more cunning with each passing day in order to survive. Here is a list of some of the most exotic animal species in the Savannah region.

1. Greater Kudu

The greater kudu are some of the most magnificent creatures to roam the African Savannah. In some parts of the Savannah, they are considered as an endangered species. They can weigh up to 315 kg and can measure 6-8 feet high. From the first appearance, they might seem a bit clumsy; however, the opposite is quite true. They’re very swift, jump extraordinarily high, and can be a very tough catch for predators in the African Savannah. The males usually have spiral shaped horns which can grow to over 3 feet in some instances.

2. The Short Beaked Echidna

The short beaked echidna is a monotreme located in the Australian Tropical Savannah. It is one of the few mammals that lay eggs, along with the well-known - if elusive - duck-billed platypus, and is the only one located in the southern part of Australia. It has a very distinctive snout and specialized tongue that helps it catch its predators. Its spines act as a protective mechanism whenever it senses the presence of predators within its vicinity. It does not like the hot weather and will swim if necessary.

3. The African Wild Dog

Just as their name suggests, the African wild dog is located in the savannah regions of Africa. You can be forgiven for thinking that they are rabid dogs. However, you can easily tell the difference in appearance because of their large rounded ears. These allow them to hear calls from far distances and are also important for temperature regulation and heat loss. They’re some of the most efficient hunters in the African Savannah and can reach speeds of up to 35 mph whenever they are chasing prey. They are also pack animals, with each pack being led by an alpha male.

4. The Flying Fox

Don’t let the name mislead you. The flying fox is a bat. However, they are larger than normal bats and are usually located in the savannah regions of Australia and Africa. Flying foxes are the silent animals of the savannah. They live in colonies and fly out at night to forage for nectar and at times fruits. They play a huge role in maintaining the savannah eco-system given their primary role as a pollinating agent. In some parts of Australia, they are endangered and are close to becoming extinct due to human conflict issues.

5. Lelwel Hartebeest

Just like the greater kudu, these hartebeests usually look bulky but are swift animals in reality - they can reach speeds of up to 43 mph! They too are an endangered species and have a long and narrow head. They usually live in herds, but their numbers are dependent on the amount of grass available in the savannah.

6. The Elephant

You can’t go through a list of the most exotic animals in the savannah without mentioning the elephant - the largest land mammal in the world Globally, there are an estimated 440,000 elephants left, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), due to poaching, and habitat loss in some cases. These endangered animals - not to mention icons of the African savannah, with their distinctive silhouettes - are a real marvel to sight. They usually live in family units, and, being herbivorous, feast off shrubs, fruits, branches, and shoots. The slightly smaller Indian elephant can be distinguished from its African cousin by observing its smaller ear size and the fact that its back is more convex in shape.

7. The Lion

Last, but by no means least, lions are referred to as the kings of the jungle in the African savannah and are social animals. The male lions always compete for superiority and territorial dominance, whereas the females always focus on survival. As a result, most male lions usually hunt during the day whereas females hunt at night to avoid conflict.

#2: Amazing Reptiles Inhabiting The Sahara Desert

To most people, desert regions are thought of as lifeless locations where nothing flourishes. There is nothing farther from the truth than this. Deserts usually have a diverse selection of life forms inhabiting it. As a matter of fact, creatures in the desert are an excellent example of the evolution of nature. Most of the animals inhabiting desert regions have adapted in one way or another to their surroundings, in very observable and unique ways, where animals in other climatic regions often appear to be ‘normal’. See more on exotic animal species of the savannah region. {NOTE TO DEVELOPER: Kindly link “See more on exotic animal species of the savannah region” to the article “#1: Get Acquainted with Exotic Animal Species of the Savannah Region”}

The Sahara Desert is a great point of reference. Covering over 3 million square miles of sand, it is home to over 100 species of reptiles. Read on to discover more on the most amazing reptiles that exist in the Sahara Desert.

1. Deathstalker Scorpion

This scorpion is one of the most venomous in the world. They are translucent in color, and their ephemeral and fragile looking appearance can make one assume that they are harmless. However, a single sting produces a cocktail of neurotoxins that can cause excruciating pain, respiratory failure, and eventual death. It’s also good to note that only the aged, young and infirm are at greater risk of dying from this scorpion’s sting. Healthy human adults can survive from a Deathstalker sting encounter according to the folks at Scorpion Worlds.

Due to the scorching heat of the Sahara Desert, these reptiles, which can really pack a punch, usually hide in burrows and small cracks. They come out at night to hunt, their main prey being beetles, spiders, and ants. They can also feed on other scorpions as well.

2. Monitor Lizard

This lizard has perfected the art of survival in the Sahara Desert. It’s venomous and aggressive especially when threatened during the cold seasons. They can be as long as two meters tall and have an average life span of 8 years. They usually become active during the day, and their perfectly adapted skin allows them to withstand the scorching heat of the Sahara throughout the day.

Due to its cold-blooded nature, the monitor lizard hibernates during the cold periods. It feeds enough to enable it to survive during its hibernation period thereby laying credence to its smart survival tactics. It mainly feeds on rodents, birds, eggs, fish or any other small mammal whenever opportunity strikes.

3. The Horned Desert Viper

The horned desert viper is one of the deadliest creatures in the Sahara Desert. Its venom can kill its prey almost immediately. It is so-named due to its two protruding horns on its triangular-shaped head, making it easy to distinguish from other desert vipers. Its length varies from 20-35 cm, and they usually move by way of sidewinding through the desert sand, which means that they generally glide in a sideways direction across the terrain. These vipers usually feed on rodents, small mammals, birds, and lizards.

During hot days, they often bury themselves in the sand with their nostrils exposed. They use this same skill whenever they want to catch their prey.

4. Desert Crocodile

An interesting addition to this list is the desert crocodile. You might be wondering how a crocodile can survive in the desert when they are more commonly seen as earth-to-water reptiles. This is because, during the drought periods, crocodiles usually shift their location to burrows and caves located in the desert. Here they remain dormant and only reappear whenever the wet season kicks in again.

5. The Saw-Scaled Viper

Another snake that you don’t want to meet in a hurry, the saw-scaled viper might be small in size, but it too is dangerous and aggressive when attacked. It travels by way of sidewinding across the desert, and also has a lightning fast strike whenever it’s hunting for prey. You can easily distinguish it from other snakes based on the dark brown arrow shaped marking on its head. It mainly hunts during the night and feeds on rodents, lizards, toads, eggs and other small animals to be found in these dry conditions.

6. Saharan Spiny-Tailed Lizard

The spiny-tailed lizard grows to up to 34 cm in size. They have a long tail with a spiny appearance, which not surprisingly gives it its name. These lizards are exclusively herbivorous and usually survive off the small vegetation available in the desert. They are widely considered as prey by many carnivorous reptiles in the Sahara Desert. Interestingly, these small lizards can have a lifespan of more than 20 years (if they avoid falling prey to other animals).

You might also like to check out this list of animals living in the Sahara prepared by WorldAtlas.

#3: Discover Largest Groups Of Coral Reef In The World

Oceans and seas around the world are inhabited by great life forms and fascinating attractions. One such attraction is the stunning coral reef. Coral reefs, just as the name suggests, are hard rock-like expansive structures made up of corals that have clustered together over time. Corals, which secrete calcium carbonate to give this rock-like structure and appearance, are small marine invertebrates. These ecosystems of the ocean can be likened to rainforests because of the biodiverse habitat they offer.

There are many coral reefs around the world with varying sizes. However, it is interesting to note that most of the world’s coral reefs are usually located in the tropics, and they are home to thousands of amazing marine species. You might contrast the aquatic habitat with that of the Sahara Desert, and the species which have uniquely evolved to survive there. {NOTE TO DEVELOPER: Kindly link the article “#2: Amazing Reptiles Inhabiting The Sahara Desert” to “the Sahara Desert”}. Here are of 8 of the largest coral reefs in the world.

1. Saya Del Malha Barrier Reefs

This is the biggest submerged barrier reef in the Indian Ocean. It connects the Seychelles and Mauritius islands and has an approximate area of 15,000 square miles. It is home to a diverse range of marine animals including the green turtle and the blue whales.

2. Belize Barrier Reef

The Belize barrier reef is one of the most beautiful and largest barrier reefs in the northern hemisphere. Not surprisingly, it was assigned the status of a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. This reef is home to more than 500 known fish species and thousands more unknown species. Within the reef are coastal lagoons and a mangrove forest as well. Over the years, around 40% of the coral reef has experienced damage in one way or another, leading to concerted efforts by environmental organizations to safeguard its existence.

3. The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System

The Mesoamerican barrier reef is one of the largest barrier reefs in the world and the largest in the Atlantic Ocean. It stretches for over 1000 km from the Yucatan Peninsula to Honduras. It has more than 500 fish species inhabiting it which include seahorses, butterfly fish, and sea fans. Also known as the Mayan reef, this barrier reef system has an assortment of fantastic flora and fauna and attracts thousands of tourists from around the world.

4. New Caledonia Barrier Reef

The New Caledonia barrier reef is one of the largest reefs in the South Pacific and among one of the most beautiful barrier reefs in the world. It also happens to be the second-largest double barrier reef. It is home to some of the most exquisite marine life ever discovered by man (approximately 1,000 fish species) and thousands more that are yet to be discovered. It is also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With a length of 1,500 km, the New Caledonia reef is a great example of Mother Nature at its best.

5. Red Sea Coral Reef

The Red Sea coral reef is 1,180 miles long and is located next to Egypt, Israel, and Djibouti. This amazing undersea world is approximately 5,000-7,000 years old according to documented records. It is also quite strong and is home to over 1,000 species of fish and 300 hard coral species with 10% of these exclusively found here. This coral reef also happens to be the location of one of the most popular dive sites in the world, the Dahab Blue Hole.

6. Apo Reef Philippines

The Apo reef is the second largest barrier reef in the world. It is surrounded by a mangrove forest and covers over 65,000 acres with a length of 13 miles. It is a beautiful spot with an array of blue and pink corals illuminating the blue water. It has a diverse ecosystem with a wide array of marine life such as trigger fish and sea turtles. It was also elevated to National Park status by the Philippines government. 

7. Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is the largest barrier reef in the world with a length of 1,553 km. It is located off the coast of Queensland, Australia, and has over 3,000 reef systems. It is home to around 400 types of coral and it also incorporates hundreds of islands. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a beautiful sight to behold, and it also happens to be the only coral reef in the list of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

Coral reefs are home to a variety of exotic animals much like any other forest region in the world. Their conservation translates to keeping these life forms safe and preserving their natural habitats.

#4: Top 10 Endangered Animals In Arctic Tundra Region

The Arctic Circle is one of the chilliest regions to be found on Planet Earth. Most of us probably can’t imagine living in these regions, nor even taking a visit there. However, there are many animal species that have made the Tundra region home. They thrive in the rugged boreal forests and scavenge for food in the frozen desert, much like real desert animals (see more on amazing animal species in the Sahara Desert {NOTE TO DEVELOPER: Kindly link the article “#2: Amazing Reptiles Inhabiting The Sahara Desert” to “amazing animal species in the Sahara Desert”}). However, the effects of climate change and human interference have been enormous in this region. Many animal species have lost places they once called home, thereby threatening the ecological balance of the region. Here are the top 10 endangered animals in the Arctic Tundra region.

1. The Arctic Fox

The Arctic Fox is one of the most endearing animals in the Tundra region. It can change its fur from a thick white to a short brown coat depending on the season. The Arctic Fox has been declining in numbers due to over hunting in some areas and the emergence of the large red fox in others. Finland, Norway, and Sweden are some of the areas where the dwindling population of Arctic foxes has been due to over hunting. The emergence of red foxes in their territory is mainly due to the diminishing ice. The red foxes have on occasion competed for the same food and on occasioni have been seen to kill their rival counterparts.

2. Polar Bears

Polar bears are increasingly becoming endangered species due to climate change. Polar bears have generally assimilated the use of pack ice in their livelihoods, from birth to hunting. However, the ice packs are slowly thawing away, and as a result, hunting for seals (a major food source) has been quite hard for these white furry creatures.

3. Praire Pigeon

The prairie pigeon, also known as the Eskimo curlew, has been on the endangered animal list for a very long time. This shorebird nests in the Arctic region and periodically migrates, seasonally, to areas as far away as Argentina. Other sources have put the status of the Eskimo curlew as extinct because its last sighting was in 1996 in Manitoba, Canada.

4. Arctic Peregrine Falcon

The Arctic peregrine falcon was placed on the endangered list due to its dwindling population as a result of human interference and DDT. Falcons usually ingested DDT whenever they ate contaminated prey, which led to their eggs being fragile often breaking during incubation. This, together with the fact they were also hunted by humans, greatly depleted their population, thereby ushering them onto the endangered list. However, after the ban of DDT, their population has been increasing over the recent years.

5. Wood Bison

The wood bison was once a common occurrence in Alaska. However, this has changed with time. There are few sightings of the wood bison, and the only wild herds left are located at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Centre. However, there have been concerted efforts to reintroduce wood bison back to their habitat.

6. Caribou

The caribou is an endangered species due to increased threats from oil and gas mining projects in the Tundra region, leading to loss of habitat, in part due to forest logging. In some areas, the caribou also faces threats from poaching.

7. Narwhal

Just like other marine animals (see this article on Largest Groups of Coral Reef in the World {NOTE TO DEVELOPER: Kindly link the article “#3: Discover Largest Groups of Coral Reef in the World” to “see this article on Largest Groups of Coral Reef in the World”}), these whales are feared to be declining due to the increased threat from over hunting and climate change. They are hunted because their skin provides the much-needed vitamin C that the people in the Arctic regions need. Some have also been hunted because of their ivory tusks.

8. Musk Ox

The shaggy haired musk oxen have been inhabitants of the arctic region for thousands of years. At one point, there existed only 500 musk oxen in the world. This was largely due to over hunting. However, their numbers have increased, and there are close to 40,000 species today.

9. Beluga Whale

These whales are at greater risks of extinction due to increased fossil fuel extraction activities in the Arctic region. As of 2012, the documented number of beluga whales was at 321. This is a drastic 75% decrease from its previous population a couple of decades earlier. This has prompted relevant authorities to list it as an endangered species.

10. The Pacific Walrus

Just like the polar bear, the Pacific walrus depends on pack ice for its survival. Due to changing environmental conditions, this ice has been thawing at alarming levels. These pack ices were used as nurseries for their calves and as a ground where they obtained their clams from. With disappearing ice, the survival of walruses is quickly becoming an extremely delicate issue.

#5: List Of Most Terrifying Deep Sea Animals

At the deepest depths of oceans and seas lie some of the most terrifying and diverse creatures that man has ever encountered. Surviving at these depths is unimaginable considering that water pressure here can be as high as 8 tons per square inch. There are thousands of these deep sea creatures yet to be classified by scientists. However, what is known is that the deep sea can be very terrifying. Here is a list of some of the exotic deep sea animals ever discovered.

Gulper Eel

Gulper eels are lengthy creatures with massive mouths. They live 3,000 meters below the surface and can grow to a length of almost 6 feet. They have massive mouths, and enlarging jaws enable it to swallow prey at once, regardless of their size. Due to its attraction to eating large objects, its mouth and stomach usually enlarge in order to accommodate them.

Big Red Jellyfish

The big red jellyfish is found in some of the deepest parts of the sea and can grow to over 1 meter in length. As their name suggests, these creatures are red and are massive when compared to the normal jellyfish. It has some ‘arms’ which it uses to capture its prey.

Fangtooth Fish

This fish has some of the largest teeth in the fish family coupled with a terrifying look. Its body can measure up to 15 cm long thereby making its teeth disproportionally larger than its body. It has been located as far deep as 5,000 meters below the surface. However, apart from its terrifying look and fang-like teeth, the fangtooth fish is completely harmless to humans.

Giant Isopod

You can find these creatures at depths of 2,000 meters below the surface. They look like giant woodlice, given that they can grow to lengths above 30 cm. Giant isopods are generally scavengers; however, there are times when they prey on other sea creatures. One interesting observation about them is that they can go for almost four years without feeding.

Frilled Shark

These sharks usually live thousands of meters below the surface in the deepest corners of the Atlantic and the Pacific Ocean. It has on occasion been termed as a living fossil due to its appearance. The frilled shark has three pointed teeth, making it a feared predator in the deep seas.

Megamouth Shark

This is one of the rarest discoveries in the deep seas. The intriguingly named megamouth was discovered in 1976 but has rarely been seen ever since then. As well as the huge size of its mouth, it can measure up to 5.5 meters long. Given its huge size, scientists are still wondering why it is hard to get a sighting of it.


The anglerfish can be found 2,000 meters below the surface. It was named as the anglerfish due to the presence of a strange glowing protrusion on its head which serves to lure its prey. The most interesting fact about the anglerfish is its mating ritual. The male fuses with the female anglerfish while mating and dies in the process. It dissolves afterward, while still fused to the female, until the only remaining part is its gonads.

Vampire Squid

Vampire squids are actually some of the most docile creatures in the deep sea. They neither suck the blood out of their prey nor ink them. Its name is mainly derived from its bloodshot eyes and cloak-like webbing. However, its unconventional appearance can be quite terrifying.

Black Dragonfish

The black dragonfish lives 2 kms from the surface. It has razor sharp teeth and is capable of producing its own light. Interestingly, it usually starts its life at the surface of the water because its eggs are buoyant. With time, it becomes able to produce its own light and then descends to the dark parts of the deep sea where it can attract prey via one of its many light-producing photophores.

Goblin Shark

The goblin shark is another rare species with a few sightings and specimens. Its fearsome appearance and physical attributes give it leverage whenever it’s hunting for prey. It can sense prey with its prominent snout and pounce with its thin, razor-sharp teeth.

You can also check out other terrifying deep sea animals from the folks at list25.com.

#6: Explore Rare Species Of Animals In Boreal Forest

The boreal forest habitat, also known as the Taiga forest, is commonly found in parts of Russia, Canada, Alaska and northern parts of Europe. Its distinguishing characteristic is the presence of coniferous trees. Its climate is quite harsh with its temperatures ranging from cold to moderately warm during the summers. Even though the climate can be quite harsh for human settlement, the boreal forests of the world have experienced encroaching human activities that have threatened to disrupt their ecological balance.

This forest features a diverse range of animal species, from birds to mammals. Among these is a widely rare species of animals that you can only find within this forest. Here are some of the rarest species inhabiting the boreal forest.

1. Boreal Woodland Caribou

The boreal woodland caribou is iconic to Canadians given its appearance on their 25-cent piece ever since 1926. These woodland caribous are the largest in the caribou family and are uniquely distinguished by their flat-beamed antlers. They are more widely dispersed than the normal barren ground caribous, and scarcely migrate with changing seasons. Due to encroaching human activity in the boreal forests, these species have been declared locally extinct in some Canadian provinces. As a result, the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada has labeled it as ‘threatened.’ (see Top 10 Endangered Animals in Arctic Tundra Region {NOTE TO DEVELOPER: Kindly link the article “#4: Top 10 Endangered Animals in Arctic Tundra Region” to “Top 10 Endangered Animals in Arctic Tundra Region”})

2. Grizzly Bear

The grizzly is an amazing sight to behold in this tree-filled habitat, with some being as large as 390kg. They mainly eat vegetation, small mammals, fish, and insects. In some boreal forests, they are predators to the moose, elk, and the reindeer. Grizzly bears have for a long time experienced conflict with humans because of human encroachment on their territory.

3. Wolverine

The wolverine is an omnivorous animal located in the boreal regions of Scandinavia, North America, and Siberia. Also known as the skunk bear, is is mainly a scavenger which can also prey on larger animals like deer or moose. It is of average length, with the males reaching lengths of 1m and the females reaching lengths of 0.8m. Due to its large nature and robust build, its only threat to survival comes from bears, wolves and humans.

4. Siberian Tiger

The Siberian tiger is a member of the cat family and inhabits the boreal forests of Russia. They are largely rare due to their small population worldwide. For Siberian tigers to survive, they need to hunt large animals like elk, reindeer, and moose and in some cases boars. They also eat smaller prey like fish and rabbits whenever an opportunity presents itself. Siberian tigers have experienced challenging times. It has been over hunted, and at some point, there were only 50 such tigers in the boreal region of Russia. You can find other members of the cat family in savannah regions. {NOTE TO DEVELOPER: Kindly link the article “#1: Get Acquainted with Exotic Animal Species of the Savannah Region” to “other members of the cat family in savannah regions”}.

All of these animals have either been declared endangered or threatened at some point. If you visit the boreal forests in any part of the world, make sure to catch a glimpse of them because only time will tell if human beings will push them to the edge of extinction.

#7: Get Amazed By Diverse And Strange Species Of Marine Animals

Seas and oceans are home to some of the most diverse and strangest creatures on earth (check out our article on deep sea animals). {NOTE TO DEVELOPER: Kindly link “#5: List of Most Terrifying Deep Sea Animals” to “deep sea animals”}. To highlight this diversity, thousands of new marine species are discovered every year, with some yet to be classified. The sea hides some of the most beautiful creatures ever seen and has some of Mother Nature’s finest works. However, strange looking creatures also lurk within the oceans’ depths in equal measure. Whereas some areas within the seas have some of the best lighting illuminating the blue waters, some depths are pitch dark and terrifying to visit. Check out these diverse and strange marine species.

Sea Urchins

There are over 700 known species of sea urchins in the entire world with some having been discovered as recently as the early 21st century. These creatures usually move slowly through the help of their ‘tube feet’ and feed primarily on algae. Their spiny body acts as a protective mechanism against predators. They are also essentially a food source for other marine life forms, and even though they are quite small, any reduction in their population might have devastating effects on the whole marine ecological system.

Tripod Fish

Tripod fish are located in the abyssal zone of oceans and seas. Their name is derived from their ability to swim on only three fins. What is strange about this fish is that they can measure only 14 inches but have long fins that can be as long as one yard. These fish also have both male and female reproductive organs, thereby having the ability to reproduce even if it is unable to find a partner.

Leafy Sea Dragon

Leafy sea dragons and sea horses belong to the same family. You can find it hard to distinguish leafy sea dragons from the surrounding plants due to their striking resemblance to this vegetation, and which therefore acts as a great camouflage tool. It also has a fin which it uses to propel itself. However, this fin is transparent and only serves to make it hard for predators to find it. They usually live in the cooler rocky reefs off southern and western Australia (see another article: Discover Largest Groups of Coral Reef in the World {NOTE TO DEVELOPER: Kindly link “Discover Largest Groups of Coral Reef in the World” to the article “#3: Discover Largest Groups of Coral Reef in the World”}).

Longfin Batfish

The longfin batfish is an exquisitely looking fish. Its flat body resembles a floating leaf and acts as a camouflage mechanism against predators. They also widely inhabit weed beds and sea grass in order for them to camouflage with their immediate surroundings.

Manta Ray

Rays are translucent marine species with a flattened body and kite-like appearance. Manta rays are giant rays and can grow up to 7m with a weight of 1,350 kg. They live off plankton, and when they are feeding, they usually flip (sometimes jumping out of the water) in a process which scientists assume aids in digestion. Due to their broad size, manta rays have a very short list of predators.

These five marine species are just the tip of the iceberg. There are thousands of other exciting and diverse marine life forms which are interesting to view and to learn about.

#8: Wildlife In The Temperate Grasslands -- Diverse Or Abundant?

The temperate grasslands are transitional regions i.e. they are usually located between forests and deserts. Their major locations include the pampas of South America, the veldts of Africa, the plains of North America and the steppes of Eurasia. As its name suggests, grass is the dominant vegetation in these regions. All wildlife, in one way or the other, depends on this grass for survival (see more on exotic animal species of the savannah region). {NOTE TO DEVELOPER: Kindly link “exotic animal species of the savannah region” to the article “#1: Get Acquainted with Exotic Animal Species of the Savannah Region”} However, the temperate grasslands only receive rainfall averaging 10 to 30 inches per year, making its wildlife less diverse than in the wetter savannah regions. Drought and fires are a norm in these grasslands, and only the fittest wild animals get to survive.

Predators In The Wild

The temperate grasslands are an excellent breeding ground for predators due to the presence of many herbivorous animals. These predators help maintain the ecological balance of these regions by keeping grazers in check so that they don’t eat up all the grass vegetation. They also vary from region to region. In Africa, the main predators are the big cats (lions, cheetahs, leopards); in Russia, they include polecats and the weasel family, whereas in North America they include coyotes, wolves, and foxes.

The Grazers Of The Grasslands

In the temperate grasslands, there is usually a greater abundance of grazers as compared to predators. However, these grazers also vary depending on the region. Some of the grazers in Africa include zebras and gazelles and notable ones in North America include buffalo and deer. If the grazer population is not checked, it can cause harm to the whole environment. The opposite is also true. Without grazers, the population of predators will also decline. So, the temperate grasslands are an excellent illustration of how nature balances itself out.

Other Species

Apart from grazers and predators, the temperate grasslands are also home to small animal species. These animals include mice, rabbits, weasels and also snakes. These smaller species either feed on the grass vegetation or other smaller animals. A case example is the garter snake. It usually feeds on rodents, lizards, and amphibians. However, at times these little animals can get the attention of large predators. While they may be too small with respect to the size of their prey, some predators never let the opportunity pass by.

It is quite obvious that wildlife in the temperate grasslands is not as diversified as in other regions. {NOTE TO DEVELOPER: Kindly link “other regions” to the article “#7: Get Amazed by Diverse and Strange Species of Marine Animals”} However, the abundance of wildlife makes up for this. During recent times, human activities have become a threat to the ecological balance of these regions, with the main reasons being overgrazing and encroachment. This is because of the habitable nature of this area by human beings. Whether human conflict will disturb the ecological balance of this area in the years to come is still a question that can be asked - but perhaps on another day. For now let’s enjoy the biodiversity in this region.

#9: About Us

XYZ is made up of a team of nature and biological scientists from diverse backgrounds but with a centered interest on the conservation of wild life and natural resources. Our primary goal is to provide information about nature and wildlife from different regions of the world. These areas are home to more than 50% of the world’s biodiversity. We also obtain a significant amount of our resources from the same wildlife that we are endangering. By endangering the ecological balance that has been there for centuries, we risk destroying wildlife and contaminating our atmosphere which might eventually lead to the decline of our population.

Our Belief

There has never been a time like this in the history of mankind. The challenges of conserving our environment are greater than ever, even with the inception of new technologies such as the internet. We believe that in order for us to be change agents and proper representatives of the environment we should hold ourselves accountable to the highest standards, to adhere to the values of diversity and inclusion, and to respect our environment and other species that inhabit it.

We also believe that the world’s wildlife, seas, oceans, forests and public lands are our birthright. Each of us has a sacred duty to conserve these resources using the best means possible. We have a duty to share our wildlife and nature, not only amongst ourselves but also with future generations.

We also believe that conservation on private land is an essential factor in supporting wildlife populations and maintaining the natural ecosystem. As it is evident, a diverse and abundant wildlife habitat is important and vital for our public health, economies, and quality of life.

Our Heritage

As human beings, our landscapes and wildlife have been integral factors in shaping our identities and the communities that we live in. We therefore believe that protecting these natural resources is not only a noble cause but also a way of reassuring ourselves that generations after us will find a safe environment to live in.

We urge all campers, hunters, gardeners, birders, wildlife watchers and forest stewards to adopt this conservation ethic; to tie it to our heritage as the human race and to pursue it with intense vigor.

It is this legacy that we will pass on to our future generations.

Our Mission

At XYZ we are committed to saving wildlife and wild places, on a global scale, through the understanding and application of science, conservation action, mass education, and importantly, by inspiring more enthusiasts for nature.

We also have a responsibility to broaden our conservation and wildlife education to encompass all regions of the world in all its diversity. We dedicate ourselves to share respectfully with our neighbors our understanding and appreciation of our natural environment, of conservation, of cultural preservation, and of outdoor heritage.

And we fully accept our profound responsibility to speak up, to advocate, and to engage on behalf of the world’s wildlife and nature of different regions of the world.

Our Vision

XYZ envisions a world where wildlife thrives in healthy lands and seas, valued by societies that embrace and benefit from the diversity and integrity of life on earth.

The Future

Everyone in the world has the right to enjoy outdoor recreational activities, to interact and marvel at wildlife and its ecosystems. For us to engage in these activities, nations of the world must address climate change, forge forward towards the use of cleaner energy sources, and make wildlife habitat and communities more resilient to such change.

We also believe, when we are together as one, we can achieve the mission of conserving nature and reducing threats to our ecosystem. In partnership with communities and individuals, the dream of a better-managed world will come to fruition, and in so doing conserve some of the world’s most important ecological regions.

By interacting with each other, we are able to:

  • Protect and restore wildlife species that are threatened or endangered.

  • Mobilize hundreds, if not thousands, of people to take part in conservation efforts all around the world.

  • Help highlight regions with wildlife that are being depleted by encroaching activities of people around the world.

Together we can be the change that our environment needs.

#10: Contact Us

Are you thinking of going out into the wild? Or are you only researching about wild animals and their habitats? Our team at XYZ is always here to answer your questions and to listen to your experiences with wildlife and nature. Get in touch with us today.

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For general inquiries about our team, mission and vision you can find this link at {insert link to “#9: About us” page}.

Our primary goal is to be as informative as possible. We hope that our articles will help nature and wildlife enthusiasts stay informed while doing what they love most.

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