Africa for kids: exploring a vibrant continent, 19 by Harvey Croze

By Harvey Croze

Africa is delivered to existence during this imaginitive examine the vegetation, animals, and folks that make it this sort of interesting continent. reports of either conventional tribes and smooth African towns show off Africa's range, and genuine actions enable youngsters to dive into the wealthy tradition by means of creating a Maasai bivouac take care of, writing a fantasy within the African sort, operating as a box biologist, creating a ritual elephant masks, and studying to tie an African Kanga costume. This cross-cultural learn additionally exhibits teenagers what demanding situations Africa faces this day whereas giving them a glance at what it really is wish to survive this fascinating continent.

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Most rainwater is used where it falls in a forest. The canopy of leaves above keeps out the sun and slows the evaporation of moisture. Trees may even help make rain. How? Both living and dead leaves give off tiny particles, kind of like plant droppings. These particles float into the upper layers of air and get swept up into clouds, tens of thousands of feet high. Water vapor in the tops of clouds freezes around the particles. The little blobs of ice grow heavy and fall back to earth. They warm up as they get lower and become rain.

Both gorillas and chimps live in their own extended family groups with much social interaction. Chimpanzees are more aggressive than gorillas. Male chimps form gangs and patrol the borders of their clan areas, threatening and beating up strangers. Chimps will also hunt down and kill monkeys, bush pigs, and small antelopes. They cooperate during a hunt, but 32 after an animal is killed, it’s every chimp for himor herself. In contrast, gorillas are rather placid, and the huge silverback male—he has striking light-colored hair down his back—only makes his awesome chestthumping display if another male tries to lure one of the females away from his small group.

The star of the show is the foolish wildebeest, also called a white-bearded gnu (guh-NEW). Smaller than a buffalo, bigger than a gazelle, the gnu is about the size of a Maasai cow. It looks goofy, and the way it leaps about during the mating season makes it the mad cow of the Serengeti grasslands. Africa used to have many migrations like that of the Serengeti. For example, the tiang migration in southern Sudan, the blue wildebeests in southern Africa, and elephants just about everywhere. But, today, the ancient migration routes have been mostly cut off by a growing human population and an increasing number of settlements and farms.

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