Mountain grasslands such as those in the Ethiopian highlands, on the Tibetan Plateau and up in the Andes, include the alpine tundra above the treeline as well as grasslands below it. These high altitude grasslands often exist as isolated 'islands' in a sea of another habitat type. Consequently, the animals and plants that live there, having been cut off from similar species in other areas of the habitat, evolve down their own paths.
Life in the extreme environment of the world's highest great plain.
At 6,000m above sea level, the Tibetan Plateau is both remote and hard to reach. As a result, the high altitude grazers here are hardly ever seen, let alone filmed. In many cases, they are also becoming ever more rare. Satellite images of the plateau reveal the reasons why conditions here are so extreme.
Ecozones where this habitat is found
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