Adaptations for grasslands



  • Most grassland animals are able to run very fast (e.g., gazelles and zebras), which allows them to escape hunting animals.
  • This ability also protects them from frequent grassland fires.
  • Small animals survive the fire by digging underground.
  • The grasses found in dry grasslands are brown most of the times.
  • Many grassland animals have skin shades of brown, which makes them hard to spot among the dry, brown grass.



  • Grassland plants usually have flexible stems, which bend instead of breaking when the wind is strong.
  • These plants also have strong roots that prevent winds from uprooting them.
  • The baobab tree can survive periods of low water availability by storing water in its huge trunk.

Baobab tree

  • Some plants have roots that extend deep into the soil to absorb as much water as possible.
  • This also prevents grazing animals from pulling the roots out of the soil.

Acacia tree

  • Long roots of the acacia tree allow it to access water that is very deep in the ground.

Grasses on grassland