Landscape This is the spot where the mammoth was found. Since the area remains treeless today, his home may have looked largely like this. Paleoexperts have given the mammoth's ancient habitat a name, "mammoth steppe." It was a cold, arid plain but with moister meadows here and there. Water was likely available year-round, including snow in winter and streams or standing water in summer. Several plant species identified in the dung, including marsh marigold, require permanent water, and the mammoth certainly drank from freshwater pools, as indicated by the green pond algae found in his stool.