Grassland Groupies

The Best Biome


Groups of meerkats are called mobs for a reason. These feisty animals are murderous, even of their own kind.


Ostrich: the world’s biggest bird and toughest survivor. They nest together, have radiators for necks, and can drink saltwater.

Small, yellow coreopsis flowers with dark brown centers and thin, dark green stems and leaves.

Native Gardening

Native gardening is a great way to help the environment as well as show your neighbors you’re definitely better than them.

Hamadryas baboons cuddle against a dark background.

Baboons: A Grasslands Primate

Baboons are a group of ground-dwelling grasslanders whose habitat use and social structure might help us learn about our own hominid ancestors.


These feisty little ecosystem engineers are expert diggers, seek out drugs, and are great models for anxiety.

Bumblebee perched in the middle of a flower.


Bumblebees are excellent pollinators and have surprisingly complex brains.

Patagonian mara laying on side, fully relaxed, at the National Zoo.

Patagonian Maras

Patagonian Maras are a unique rodent with one of the strangest social structures of any mammal.

Spotted hyena itching neck and tilting head to side, making a weird face.


Let’s be real: hyenas are savage scavengers and that’s why we love them. They need some good PR, but let’s accept them as they are.

Tick waving arms at the very top of a leaf.

Diseased Bloodsuckers

Saw-filled mouths, magical spit, and so much more. Ticks are truly marvelous little bloodsuckers.


Dodder: a parasitic cheater, or helpful companion?