African savanna ecosystem

Let us each imagine an African savanna ecosystem without one of the animals currently living there. To do this, go to the Gorongosa National Park Field Guide (Links to an external site.) and select a mammal or bird pictured there. Click on its picture for a brief overview of the animal; you may want to supplement that information with additional online research. When you have completed your research, answer the following questions:

What animal did you choose? Painted Wolves

What is its preferred habitat?

What food does it eat?

What animals prey on it?

What might be different about the savanna if your chosen animal were to go extinct? How might its extinction affect plants and animals of the savanna, and or the savanna landscape?

What arguments can you offer as to why this animal ought to be protected?

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