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The Biology of African Savannahs

Bryan Shorrocks


Savannahs are one of the largest biomes of the world, comprising about 20% of the land surface. Stated simply, they are tropical and subtropical grasslands, with scattered bushes and trees. Most savannah occurs in Africa, with a smaller amount in South America, India, and Australia. This book looks at: (1) the climate factors that determine the distribution of savannahs worldwide and briefly looks at savannahs in South America, Australia, India, and Africa; (2) the major plants (grasses, and trees such as Acacia) and large animals (mainly large mammals) that live in African savannahs; and (3) ... More

Keywords: Africa, climate, soils, fires, grazing, hunting, farming, tourism, populations, competition

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780198570660
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198570660.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bryan Shorrocks, author
Honorary Professor, University of York and Emeritus Professor, University of Leeds, UK.