Africa: What Are the “Big 5” Megafauna?

 

Lion surveys his territory in Namibia (Creative Commons).

Lion surveys his territory in Namibia (Creative Commons).

In Africa, the big five game animals include:

lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros.

The term Big Five was coined by big-game hunters and refers to the five most difficult animals in Africa to hunt on foot. Subsequently the term was adopted by safari tour operators for marketing purposes. The term is still used in most tourist and wildlife guides that discuss African wildlife safaris. The members of the Big Five were chosen for the difficulty in hunting them and the degree of danger involved, rather than their size.

Source: Wikipedia

African Elephant, Amboseli National Park, Kenya.  © Melissa Groo

African Elephant, Amboseli National Park, Kenya. © Melissa Groo

 

 

 

 

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