Our May-June survey for hoofed mammals in the Tarangire-Manyara-Natron Ecosystem takes place as the long rains are ending and the dry season is beginning. Many plants in the African savanna are drought-deciduous, meaning they drop their leaves in anticipation of the dry season when water will be less available. The leaves turn colors before they fall, much like the lovely autumn foliage we see in New England and other temperate forests.
Many flowers also were blooming after the long rains. So it felt a lot like autumn and spring were happening at the same time!
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