Basic Facts About Grasslands

Grasslands are areas dominated by grasses and forbs, and have few or no trees. Grazing and roaming animals occur in abundance. They occupy about one quarter of the Earth's land area.
Bison, © Midori Layzell
© Midori Layzell 

Legal Status/Protection

Less than 8 percent of all grasslands worldwide are protected. The lowest protection of any biome on earth is temperate grasslands, at less than 1 percent. This includes North America’s Great Plains.

Types of Habitat

Grasslands are divided into two main types: temperate grasslands and tropical grasslands, commonly called savannas.

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