Grassland Groupies

The Best Biome

Indian Painted Grasshoppers mating on plant.


Grasshoppers may yet save the world… if they don’t destroy it first.

Midwestern Oak Savanna

The U.S. hosts a globally imperiled ecosystem not many recognize: the Oak Savanna. Let’s restore this once ubiquitous, parklike grassland.


The cunning trickster, adaptable to all terrains, foods, and lifestyles. Loved and hated by many.

Pleistocene Park

The concept behind
Pleistocene Park
is deceptively simple: rewild the Pleistocene Siberian arctic, slow the effects of climate change in the arctic. All it takes to revive the 10,000-year-old Mammoth Steppe, restore permafrost, and seriously reduce carbon and methane emissions–according to scientists–is releasing long-gone megafauna and watching the ecosystem shift under their influence.

A pale mongolian toad with dark splotches. The warts in the splotches are a rusty red.

Mongolian Toad

The Mongolian toad makes living in the arid, freezing, salty steppe-plains of Northeast Asia look way too easy.

Toco Toucan

The Toco Toucan is iconic, but more important is the dynamic part they play in their complex, rich savannas.

a bird with long black neck and long legs and a white wing stands along an edge of grass

Riverine Grasslands

Assam’s tropical riverine grasslands are protected for the tigers, but their flagship is a turkey-sized bird: the Bengal Florican.