Animal Geography: Africaby Joanne Mattern
Africa is a land of many habitats. Great deserts give way to savannas and rain forests. Huge lakes are found in the rift valleys. The Nile, the longest river in the world, flows for 4,145 miles. Africa is the second largest continent in the world. But the human population is relatively low because of the harsh conditions found there. Only 11.5 percent of the world's population lives in Africa. Despite the harsh conditions, many different animals call Africa their home. Addax antelope, sooty falcons, chameleons, and even the tiny dung beetle are a few of the animals that have adapted to the deserts. Wildebeests, ostriches, and termites are among those found on the savannas. In the rain forests and in and around the lakes of the rift valleys, gorillas, flamingos, and others have made homes. Crocodiles, dragonflies, numerous types of fish, and other animals call the rivers home. And the island of Madagascar is home to animals that aren't found anywhere else in the world.
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