|Grasslands of the World
Grasslands are found on either side of two desert belts that circle the earth. About one quarter of the earth's land is in the grasslands.
In North America, the prairies were once inhabited by huge herds of bison and pronghorns, which were hunted by wolves, bears, and other predators. Where U.S. prairies have been converted to farmland, the large herds and predators that followed them are gone now.
In addition to the prairies of the
U.S. Midwest, the world has other grasslands which go by different names.
In South America, grasslands are called "pampas"; in Europe, "steppes";
in Africa, "savannas".