​African Savanna Wet Season

The wet season is marked by an increase in rainfall resulting in an abundance of plants, water and food. Rivers and bodies of water flood and create critical new annual habitats for plant and animal species. A river running through an African savanna also supports forest growth. Seasonal rains force rivers over banks into vast floodplains. Plants normally limited to tropical rain forests border rivers that may run for hundreds of miles through hot, dry savanna. Many animal species find cover in river edge vegetation during the wet season. Predators move in from surrounding savanna when flood waters recede and the soil dries out.