Savanna - Changeful Paradise
Savannahs exist on all continents north and south of the equator. The alternation between abundance and deprivation during one year determines life:
The rainy season in summer transforms the savannah into a green paradise, providing abundant food and water for its inhabitants. In the dry season in winter, on the other hand, there is hardly any precipitation and the savannah begins an extremely barren period.
The african savannah in the atrium forms the heart of the exhibition, which aims to mediate the complex relationships between different species in this habitat. The barrierless display shows many animals in "action". To bring out the scientist in every visitor, animals can be spied on with binoculars and identified with a species key. A Baobab tree tells stories from its home country.
Africa's vast Savanna region is a grassy plain that covers about one third of the continent. Many endangered Savanna animals, such as the giraffe, survive as megaherbivores, eating large quantities of vegetation and thereby sustaining the Savanna itsel.