Hello Quizzers,

We are back with a new edition of the Wild Wisdom Prep Series:
From Deserts to Grasslands

Participate in this quiz and get your name featured in our next Newsletter!
Winners of our last Quiz:

1. Yuvraj Mahanta, Class4, Delhi Public School, Guwahati
2. Samriddhi Majumder, Class 3, St. Thomas School, Dwarka, New Delhi
3. Sreenath Sreekrishna, Class 6, Bluebells School International, Kailash Colony, New Delhi
4. Chahak Singhal, Class 5, Wynberg Allen School, Mussoorie.


From Deserts to Grasslands
In this second edition of Wisdom Nuggets we will learn more about the land biomes; Grasslands and Deserts.

Grasslands, as the name suggests, are the large and wide terrains where grasses and wildflowers spread out all around. Did you know that grasslands grow in every continent except Antarctica! And interestingly, they are known by different names in different region; Asia has Steppes, Africa has Savannas, South America has Pampas and North America has Prairies (Fig. A). Grasslands often lie between Forests and Deserts since they do not receive enough regular rainfall to support the growth of a forest, but not so little like deserts.

WWF WWQ 2020 Figure A: World map highlighting the Grassland regions on our planet.

Talking about Deserts, it might come as a surprise to you that more than one billion people (one-sixth of the Earth's population) actually live in the harsh conditions of desert regions! As barren as they may seem, deserts are biologically rich habitats with a wide variety of plants and animals that have adapted to live in this high-temperature and low-rainfall region.

Let's get ready to explore more interesting facts about theseland biomesas we dive into the latest edition of Wisdom Nuggets, From Deserts to Grasslands!

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Grasslands are home to our planet's most spectacular animals! Big herds and large grazing animals and the predators that feed on them! An interesting study shows that grasslands help tone down Climate Change as they can store more amount of carbon as compared to forests! Well, this is because they are less susceptible to wildfires and droughts. Hence, grasslands play a very important role on Our Planet.
Watch this video carefully on How to Save our Grasslands and gear up yourself to answer questions in our fun quiz segment InQUIZitive!

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Did you know that some of world's semi-arid regions are turning into deserts! This phenomenon is called "desertification" which is caused not by the drought, but by deforestation, rising temperatures and demand of the human population.

Read this interesting article to learn more about this biome, why does it matter and what are the threats to this biome.
List downfive threatened species of animals found in the Deserts and Grasslands of Asia. Learn more about their habitats and how they are being conserved.
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Can you take a guess!?

Look at the image on your left and identify the animal.

They are the last surviving species of ancient grazing primates that were once numerous. They are found exclusively in the Ethiopian Savannas.
Hint: They are also known as "bleeding-heart" monkeys.

(Answer to edition 1 of Wisdom Nuggets: Inuit Community. Inuit is a group of indigenous people inhabiting the Arctic regions of Greenland, Canada and Alaska)


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Are you all set to take the quiz and gear up for the Wild Wisdom Quiz 2020!? Take this pop quiz and test your knowledge about the land biomes, Deserts and Grasslands!

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So, in this last segment of wisdom nuggets, let's see what actions you can take to help conserve our land biomes, Deserts and Grasslands.

The threats to these biomes are diverse including climate change, growing human demands, poor agricultural practices etc. Here are some steps you can take to help save these biomes.

  1. Get involved with organizations that work in conservation of biomes by volunteering.
  2. Read more and educate yourself about the biomes under threat for better understanding.
  3. Advocate "Smart community development" such that growing human demands do not hinder these biomes.
  4. Hold group discussions about smart agricultural practices.
  5. Read more on how species "re-introduction" and "re-colonization" and common methods of ecosystem conservation.
Watch here how the re-introduction of European bison, Europe's largest land mammal, was done.The animal almost went extinct in the early 20th century. This re-introduction of species resulted in reviving the ecological imbalance of the place.

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