Kalahari xeric savanna

WWF Abstract

In the Kalahari Xeric Savanna ecoregion, regal lions bask in the sun atop orange sand dunes, while cheetahs rest on rock perches, keeping a watchful eye on springbok, gemsbok, and wildebeest in the arid grassy savanna below. Such a scene is common in this beautiful ecoregion, but life here is far from idyllic. The animals and plants that survive here must endure extremely harsh conditions, as temperatures can vary as much as 50°F (30°C) in one day, and long periods of drought are often met with harsh and violent thunderstorms. From the gemsbok cucumber to the gemsbok antelope, the plants and animals here show an amazing array of adaptations to meet the challenges of life in this ecoregion.
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Ecozone:Afrotropic
Biome:Deserts and Xeric Shrublands
Countries:Botswana, Namibia, South Africa
Area:145,343,997 acres (58,818,629 hectares)
Species:All  Endangered  Invasive
Climate:View Climate Data
Land Use:View Land Use Data

Protected Areas

Daan Viljoen Game Park
Kalahari Gemsbok National Park
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER