Big 5

The Big Five was the phrase given by big-game hunters to the five most difficult or dangerous animals in Africa to hunt on foot. These days the Big 5 is high on the list of must-see attractions on a tourist’s list of things to do or see when visiting South Africa. I present to you, The Big 5.

African Elephant (Loxodonta africana)

Lion (Panthera leo)

Cape Buffalo (Syncerus caffer)

White Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) (above) or Black Rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis)

Leopard (Panthera pardus)

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  1. Steffi

    Wow…fantastic photo┬┤s of the Big 5!

  2. Tami

    All nice…love the leopard shot….his body looks so nice and relaxed but his back claw has a tight grip on the tree.

  3. Gaelyn

    So nice that we now shot the Big 5 with our cameras instead of guns. They are all amazing creatures and I so look forward to seeing them myself.

  4. Marka

    Wonderful photos of them all! Especially since I doubt I'll get to see them in their natural habitat anytime soon.

  5. Avril

    These are fantastic photos!! Love the Lion – looks like he's smiling!!

  6. Karin

    It's very cool that you have a photo of each of the Big 5!

  7. Janet

    And I have seen them all in the wild – except of course the LEOPARD! I am devestated that I haven't seen one in the wild. I have been with groups of people who have ALL seen one and as hard as I look I miss it every time!

  8. Faye Pekas

    Each of the big 5 are gorgeous animals. I can't imagine anyone killing them unless it was for food. The leopard shot is wonderful.

  9. Jo

    That is the most beautiful photo of a lion I have ever seen. That picture says it all — King of the Beasts. Lions are my favorite animals. They are magnificent, aren't they!? I cannot imagine killing any of these animals.Hunters should be taken out behind the barn and giving a good whomping. Imagine setting their sights on one of these animals and then killing it. Unbelievable!