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Serengeti National Park     Serengeti is a national park located in Tanzania which is located in East Africa. The latitude and longitude points for serengeti are 2.1540 degrees south, and 34.6857 degrees east. The size of Serengeti National Park is 5,696mi^2 and the elevation can vary from 3,020 ft to 6,070 ft. Serengeti has a tropical climate and temperature range between 50 and 68 degrees fahrenheit during cold seasons. During hot seasons temperatures rarely go below 68 degrees fahrenheit. The annual precipitation in Serengeti is 35 to 40 inches per year. The hottest month in Serengeti is February with an average temperature of 66 degrees fahrenheit, and the coldest month is July with an average temperature of 61 degrees fahrenheit. One interesting fact about Serengeti is that the National park’s ecosystem is one of the oldest on our planet. Another interesting fact is that Tanzania has one of the largest elephant populations in Africa.     The first people to settle in the Serengeti area were the Maasai people and they have used the Serengeti plain as a grazing area for many centuries. In 1951 the Serengeti plain was officially a National park in order to protect the lion’s population. The British designated Serengeti to become a national park because the lion’s population was rapidly declining due to excessive hunting. The national park gained worldwide fame because of the abundant wildlife in Serengeti.     Serengeti formed from the results of a volcanic eruption over one million years ago. All the ash spewed over a third of Serengeti and that caused the creation of rich fertile soil. The type of plate tectonic that serengeti had was a convergent boundary during the precambrian era. Ol Doinyo Lengai, an active volcano in Tanzania is the largest volcanic depression in the world.The meaning of Ol Doinyo Lengai is the Mountain of God in the Maasai language. The main rock in Serengeti is metamorphic rocks.     The most common plants in Serengeti are sausage trees, fig trees and the yellow fever tree. Red grass, the grass serengeti often turns red as it dries up. Many herbivores still eat red grass especially the wildebeest. Serengeti is made up of mostly grassland, woodland, plains, and marshes. All of those areas create a savannah. The most abundant wildlife in Serengeti are zebras and wildebeest. Common wildlife in Serengeti are lions, elephants, giraffes, hippos, and hyenas. Rare common in Serengeti are rhinos and wild dogs. Many populations are common in the park and there are also species recovering. There are approximately 2,000 lions in the park and 2,700 in the entire ecosystem. The wildebeest’s population has also increased due to an annual migration.     For driving regulations you cannot exceed the speed limit of 50 km/hr and you cannot drive too close to the animals to the point that it disturbs their daily activities. Picking flowers or destroying vegetations is prohibited. One activity you can do in Serengeti is overnight camping in the safari. Another activity that can be done in serengeti is exploring the Serengeti visitor center. The center is a great place to see a variety of wildlife. A flight to Serengeti for one person is $992 and for a five star hotel it costs $1,424 a night.


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