Major Grasslands of the World with Location

Grasslands and areas in which the vegetation is dominated by a nearly continuous cover of grasses.

Grasslands are found where there is not enough regular rainfall to support the growth of a forest, but not so little that a desert forms.

There are two main kinds of grasslands: tropical and temperate.

Examples of temperate grasslands include Eurasian steppes, North American prairies, and Argentine pampas.

Tropical grasslands include the hot savannas of sub-Saharan Africa and northern Australia.

Tropical grasslands receive 50 to 150 cm of rain in an average year and in every season experience temperatures of about 15 to 35 °C.

Temperate grasslands are somewhat drier than tropical grasslands and also colder.

Grasslands support the greatest aggregations of large animals on earth, including jaguars, African wild dogs, zebras, plains bison, mountain plover, african elephant, sunda tiger, black rhino, white rhino, savanna elephant, greater one-horned rhino, indian elephant, lions, cheetahs and swift fox.

Some grass species in these habitats include red oat grass and Rhodes grass in tropical savannas, and purple needlegrass and galleta in temperate areas.

Grasslands Region Details
Steppe Europe -
Pustaz Hungary rich black soil, abundant wheat production, sugar from sugar beet
Prairies North America wheat granaries, extensive ranching
Pampas Argentina Mid latitude, wide treeless grassy plain in South America
Velds South Africa maize farms, sheep and cattle rearing
Downs Australia sheep and cattle rearing, Merino sheep: wool production
Canterbury New Zealand sheep and cattle rearing, Merino sheep: wool production
Savannah East Africa (Kenya, Tanzania etc), Tropical -
Taiga Europe and Asia -
Selvas South America -
Campos South America (Brazil) -
Llanos South America (Venezuela) -