Wednesday, March 04, 2009
Desert Plants and Animals
The Kalahari supports a variety of fauna and flora, despite its aridity. The native flora includes acacia trees and many other herbs and grasses. Some of the areas within the Kalahari are seasonal wetlands. These include the Makgadikgadi Pans of Botswana. This area supports numerous halophilic species, and in the rainy season, thousands of flamingos visit these Makgadikgadi Pans.
The Kalahari has a number of game reserves. These include the Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR), which is the world's second largest protected area, the Khutse Game Reserve, and the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.
Animals that live in the region include brown lions, giraffes, hyenas, jackals, meerkats, warthogs, and several species of antelope - including the eland, gemsbok, springbok, hartebeest, steenbok, kudu, and duiker. There are also many species of birds and reptiles. Camel rides across the desert are also available.
While there are over 400 identified plant species present (including the wild watermelon, or Tsamma melon), vegetation in the Kalahari consists mainly of grasses and acacias.
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