November 24th 2017

Animals of the African Savanna

 

The savanna is an open landscape of grasslands found in tropical Africa. For half the year, savannas are hot and dry, and swept by wildfires. They also have a season of heavy rains. It is home to an amazing variety of wildlife. 

Today, I had the pleasure of visiting Mrs Farrell's Second Class, who are currently undertaking projects on the animals found in the African savanna. During my short visit, the children spoke about the various animals they are researching and shared many interesting facts about them with me, such as:

A savanna elephant weighs the same amount as 100 people. They do not have bones in their trunk.

Lions sleep for most of the day. The lioness will hunt for most of the food, however the male lion will always eat first.

A giraffe's tongue is black and is long enough that they can clean their ears with it. They also have seven bones in their neck, which is the same as humans. 

Hippos can hold their breath for up to five minutes under water. When they keep their nostrils, eyes and ears above water in order to breathe, the rest of their body is cooled by the water.

Well done to the children on all their hard work and best of luck as they finish off these wonderful projects!


animals of the african savanna