The African Savannah is a complex ecosystem that provides food and shelter to many species. Photo: Greg Dunham
The African Savannah is a complex ecosystem that provides food and shelter to many species. Photo: Greg Dunham

A savannah is an ecosystem with lots of grass. The African savannah includes a large part of the center of the continent of Africa and includes 27 countries. The people in these countries come from a variety of cultural backgrounds and languages.

A 3rd grade class at PS 32 in Brooklyn, New York, wrote to IndyKids about their study of the African savannah:

When we think of the African savannah, we think of nature, green grass and lots of animals. But all of that may come to an end because the savannah animals are dying. Do you want to know why?

One reason is because of farming. The human population is growing, and the animal population is shrinking. People need houses, and they are taking over the animals’ habitat to build them. Another reason is that people are hunting and poaching the animals in the savannah. This means that people are killing animals for money and valuable parts. For example, they may kill elephants for their ivory tusks, which can be used to make piano keys and jewelry. Some people poach and hunt because they are greedy and want to make money, but others do it because they are poor and need food and money to survive.

The savannah is a wonderful place filled with lots of natural beauty and great resources, and we should make sure that it will not be destroyed.