the Best Biome

The Best Biome Podcast

Three prairie biologists make the ever-growing argument for why grasslands are the world’s best biome.

Nicole, Rachel, and Allan discuss the deep evolutionary history of the plains, the intricacies of unique grassland ecosystems, and frequently just lose our minds about¬† absurdities like ostriches stealing each other’s children.

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Meerkat

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

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

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

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

Bumblebees are excellent pollinators and have surprisingly complex brains.