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Why grasslands are so important

The world's natural grasslands might sometimes seem a bit overlooked and under valued – but they’re hugely important environments.

Some of the world’s best-known and iconic wildlife makes its home on grasslands, including savannah elephants, rhinos and lions on the east African acacia savannahs. And Bengal tigers, greater one-horned rhinos and Asian elephants on the lowland grasslands of Asia's Terai Arc.

Different parts of the world refer to their grasslands by different names – for instance ‘savannah’ in Africa, ‘cerrado’ in South America, ‘prairie’ in North America, ‘steppe’ in central Asia, ‘meadow’ here in the UK.

What makes grasses so special is that they can survive and keep regrowing no matter how much they’re munched or nibbled by animals. It means they attract and support all kinds of wildlife.

But most of the world's remaining natural grasslands are being rapidly converted into farmland – which is why they need your help.