By Rebecca Hogue Wojahn

Welcome to the Nile River in Egypt! As you slosh in the course of the river financial institution and puddle-jump the marshy parts, you could listen birds calling, frogs peeping and little scurrying sounds from the underbrush. The Nile River is stuffed with lifestyles, from Egyptian vultures snatching ostrich eggs to golden jackals gnawing on a useless rabbit. Day and evening within the Nile River delta, the quest is directly to locate nutrition - and to prevent changing into somebody else's subsequent meal. the entire residing issues are hooked up to each other in a nutrition chain, from animal to animal, animal to plant, plant to insect, and bug to animal. What course will you're taking to keep on with the meals chain in the course of the river delta? Will you . . . Swoop in the course of the air with an Egyptian slit-faced bat searching bugs? Stalk for frog dinner via thick reeds with a swamp cat? Scavenge for street kill with a striped hyena? stick with all 3 chains and plenty of extra in this who-eats-what event!

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Lotus trees and fig trees also provide fruit to those primary consumers looking for a sweet meal. Farther out from the river, the land becomes more desertlike. The air is dry, and the soil is sandy. Trees such as the date palm take root in the shifting sand. All these trees depend on the sun and carbon dioxide in the air to survive. They sunlight also need some amount of water, which they tap into underground with their roots. To grow, these trees need to take nutrients carbon dioxide from the soil.

To learn more ab water lilies and out the lo of the Nile, tu rn tuses to page 56 . om . . dead leaves frarn le a papyrus. To th e more about to page 16 . papyrus, tu rn . . fruit and leaves from trees and bushes, both living and those dead on the ground. To learn more about the trees and bushes near the Nile, turn to page 28. Golden Jackal 44 (Canis aureus) The golden jackal squats near the mulberry bush and lets out a spray of pee. There, that should let everyone know this is her family’s territory.

A greater Egyptian gerbil searching for seeds. To find out what another greater Egyptian gerbil is up to, turn to page 26. Water Lilies and Lotuses (Nelumbo nucifera) In this quiet bend of the Nile River, the round pads of the lilies or lotuses are so thick, they carpet the water. And the pads are big— about the size of a dinner plate. It looks as if you could walk right across them. Of course, their round leaves are only floating on the surface and couldn’t support you. Actually, what you see floating on the water’s surface is only part of the plant.

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