Savannah - Changeful Paradise
Savannahs exist on all continents north and south of the equator. The alternation between abundance and deprivation throughout the year determines life:
The rainy season in summer transforms the savannah into a green paradise, providing plenty of food and water for its inhabitants. In contrast, in the dry season in winter 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 convey the complex relationships between different species in this habitat. The barrier-free exhibition shows many animals in "action". To awaken the reseracher in every visitor, the animals can be observed with binoculars and identified using a species key. A Baobab tree tells stories from its home country.
The vast savannah regions of Africa cover around one third of the continent. Many endangered savannah animals, such as the giraffe, survive as megaherbivores, eating large quantities of vegetation and thereby sustaining the savannah itself.