Animals living in the Dry savanna habitat

Wide arrays of animals make the grasslands of dry savannas. Dry savannas are tropical areas with drought
resistant shrubbery, perennial grasses that grow up to six feet, such as red oats grass, lemon grass and Rhodes grass. Drought and fire resistant trees also add to the habitat. The dry savanna has three seasons: dry and cool, dry and hot, and wet and warm. The habitats of Africa, Venezuela, Colombia, Brazil and Honduras contain dry savannas.

Animals like elephants trampling seedlings that drop to the ground and knocking over trees can actually create dry savannas. Stripping trees by the bark eating animals also contributes to the formation of dry savannas, as well as fires.

What makes the dry savanna so unique is the many wildlife species that live there. Grazing animals like
giraffes, gazelles, elephants, zebras, antelopes, impalas, oryx, kudu, warthogs and buffaloes feed on the grass, bark of trees, leafy treetops and low growing shrubbery. All these grazing animals inhabit the same area, many in herds sharing the resources of the dry savanna. The large carnivore animals such as, lions, cheetahs and
leopards survive by preying on the grazing animals.

African birds, such as the Kori Bustards, Red Billed hornbill, Von der Decken's hornbill and the Southern Masked weaver also thrive in the dry savanna during the cooler seasons. The birds and some animals migrate to cooler areas during the hot, dry seasons of the dry savanna.

Even-toed ungulates

White-lipped peccary
Common hartebeest
Roan antelope
Sable antelope
African buffalo
Greater kudu
Grey ox
Asian buffalo
Addra gazelle
Dorcas gazelle
Red-fronted gazelle
Sharpe's grysbok
Peter's duiker
Southern reedbuck
Bay duiker
Bohar reedbuck
Beira antelope
Black duiker
Ogilby's duiker
Red-flanked duiker
Yellow-backed duiker


Geoffroy's cat
Common fox
Bat-eared fox
African wild dog
Bay lynx
Eyra cat
African lion
Maned wolf
Striped hyaena
Gambian mongoose
Bush dog
Spotted hyaena
Cape fox
Jungle cat
Black-footed cat
Asiatic jackal
Wild cat
Rusty-spotted cat
Side-striped jackal
African golden cat
Black-backed jackal
African caracal
Short-eared dog
Hoary fox
Chilean pampa cat


Dent's horseshoe bat
Angolan epauletted fruit bat
Eloquent horseshoe bat
Lesser angolan epauletted fruit bat
Ansorge's free-tailed bat
Rüppell's horseshoe bat
Gambian epauletted fruit bat
Gland-tailed free-tailed bat
Hildebrandt's horseshoe bat
Spotted free-tailed bat
Lander's horseshoe bat
Large-eared free-tailed bat
Lappet-eared free-tailed bat
Swinny's horseshoe bat
Nigerian free-tailed bat
Little free-tailed bat
Aba roundleaf bat
Sundevall's roundleaf bat
Light-winged lesser house bat
Jones's roundleaf bat
African yellow bat
Moloney's flat-headed bat
Ethiopian large-eared roundleaf bat
White-bellied yellow bat
Angolan free-tailed bat
Schreber's yellow bat
Mongalla free-tailed bat
Ethiopian epauletted fruit bat
Greenish yellow bat
Percival's trident bat
Midas free-tailed bat
East african epauletted fruit bat
African sheath-tailed bat
Wahlberg's epauletted fruit bat
Trident bat
Egyptian free-tailed bat
Buettikofer's epauletted fruit bat
Lesser woolly bat
Madagascan large free-tailed bat
Dobson's fruit bat
Kenyan big-eared free-tailed bat
Franquet's epauletted fruit bat
Aellen's pipistrelle
African giant free-tailed bat
Long-tailed house bat
Rüppel's pipistrelle
Daubenton's free-tailed bat
Persian trident bat
Hamilton's tomb bat
Rusty pipistrelle
Mauritian tomb bat
Morris's bat
Botswanan long-eared bat
Naked-rumped tomb bat
Cape hairy bat
Namib long-eared bat
Egyptian tomb bat
Welwitch's bat
De winton's long-eared bat
Veldkamp's bat
Gambian slit-faced bat
Hairy slit-faced bat
Large-eared slit-faced bat
Egyptian slit-faced bat
Blasius's horseshoe bat
Wood's slit-faced bat
Darling's horseshoe bat
Straw-coloured fruit bat

Dasyuroid marsupials and marsupial carnivores

Tasmanian tiger
Kangaroo island dunnart
Chestnut dunnart
New guinean planigale
Northern quoll
Bronze quoll

Kangaroos, possums, wallabies, and relatives

Western brush wallaby
Dusky pademelon
Northern glider
Mahogany glider
Scaly-tailed possum


Rock dassie
Bush hyrax


Short-snouted elephant shrew
Dusky elephant shrew
Rufous elephant-shrew

Bandicoots and bilbies

Desert bandicoot

Horses, rhinoceroses, and tapirs

Square-lipped rhinoceros
Black rhinoceros
Burchell's zebra


Garnett's greater galago


African elephant


Louise's spiny mouse
Congo gerbil
Nigerian gerbil
Crested rat
Percival's spiny mouse
Emin's gerbil
Wilson's spiny mouse
Gracile tateril
Olga's dormouse
Franklin's ground squirrel
Harrington's gerbil
Savanna dormouse
Lake chad gerbil
Bocage's rock rat
Petter's gerbil
Naked mole rat
Angolan vlei rat
Gerbil mouse
Red rock rat
Senegal gerbil
Pouched mouse
Bushy-talied woodrat
Southern multimammate mouse
Namaqua rock rat
Loring's rat
Mearns's pouched mouse
Guinea multimammate mouse
Tinfields rock rat
Idaho pocket gopher
Bristle-spined rat
Natal multimammate mouse
Ochre bush squirrel
Pygmy mouse
Nairobi grass rat
Spring hare
Neave's mouse
African grass rat
Oubangui mouse
East african mole rat
Peter's mouse
Gambian rat
Baoule's mouse
Crested porcupine
Setzer's pygmy mouse
Callewaert's mouse
Fat mouse
Thomas's pygmy mouse
Bocage's mole rat
Hausa mouse
Mianzini mole rat
Delicate mouse
Desert pygmy mouse
Woolly giant rat
Fossorial giant rat
South african ground squirrel
Gray glimbing mouse
Damara ground squirrel
Boehm's gerbil
Felou gundi
Brant's climbing mouse
Unstriped ground squirrel
Lakeland downs mouse
Highveld gerbil
Chestnut climbing mouse
Woosnam's broad-headed mouse
Bellier's lemniscomys
Guinea gerbil
Kemp's gerbil
Pouched gerbil
Hildegarde's broad-headed mouse
Griselda's lemniscomys
Bushveld gerbil
Hairy-footed gerbil
Senegal lemniscomys
Black-tailed gerbil
Bushy-tailed hairy-footed gerbil
Andean rat
Fring-tailed gerbil
Sudan gerbil
Four-striped grass mouse
Lesser stick-nest rat
Fiery spiny mouse
Savanna gerbil
Pleasant gerbil
Greater stick-nest rat
Kemp's spiny mouse
Robbins's tateril
Baluchistan gerbil




Large hairy armadillo
Lesser fairy armadillo
Brazilian three-banded armadillo
Six-banded armadillo
Common long-nosed armadillo
Northern naked-tailed armadillo

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