The Big Five Animals of Africa

Gary Arndt January 16, 2014 0

Anyone who has gone on an African safari has heard of the “Big 5”. Initially created by hunters to describe the five most difficult creatures to stalk on foot,the term was adopted over time by safari operators for promotional purposes.

While the intent behind the Big 5 has changed, the five animals represented still evoke excitement for anyone who is on an African safari. This list covers the five classics, but other animals may include cheetahs, gorillas, crocodiles, hippos, giraffes and zebras. The Big Five are:

Cape Buffalo

Buffalo in Kruger National Park, South Africa.


South Africa Kruger Leopard Male IS-10949572 Md RGB

African Elephant


South Africa Kruger Park Lion-Ruth Murphy 2012-IMG9651 Lg RGB


Photo by D. Hinchcliffe. Photo by D. Hinchcliffe.

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