This Place Wild
East Africa is crowded with more large mammals than any other place in the world. It's home to both the largest and the tallest land animals. It also has the greatest variety of large animals. What is it about this part of the world that led to the development of such extraordinary animal life? What conditions are necessary to maintain the millions of animals that live there?

East Africa is on the equator, where the sun's rays are the strongest and there is no real change in seasons. If you stood on the equator at noon, your shadow would be as small as it can ever be, and a vertical stick wouldn't even have a shadow! You might expect hot weather in East Africa, but since much of the land is high above sea level daytime temperatures are quite pleasant, usually between 75 and 85 degrees F. The region's many different habitats -- mountains, forests, and grassy plains, or savannahs -- have vast quantities of food and enormous space to roam. These conditions have existed for millions of years. They could support the development of large animals. And so large animals came to be.

THIS PLACE IS WILD

The latest addition to the IMAGINE LIVING HERE SERIES

illustrated by Barbara Lavallee, published by Walker Books

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