Africa's Big Five animals refer to the elephant, lion, buffalo, rhinoceros and leopard and were so named as they were the most difficult animals to hunt by foot and the term was later adopted by those running safaris across Africa. Due to prolific hunting both lions and bush elephants in Africa are now classified as endangered species. the leopard and white rhino 'near threatened' whilst any hunting of the black rhino is forbidden under international agreement as it is near distinction.
Of all the Big Five Africa animals only the buffalo exists in sufficient numbers to be currently considered not threatened and is thus game for hunting. Although many of the Big Five animals can be found across Africa, all five of them together can only be located in the sub-Saharan countries of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana and South Africa. For more information, pictures and videos about Africa' Big Five animals see below.
More about the mighty African bush elephant and also the smaller forest elephant.
More about the endangered African lion whose dwindling population now stands at just 21,000.
Information about the African
or Cape buffalo which kills over
200 people every year.
More about the Africa Rhino with the Black Rhino now close to extinction and listed as "Critically Endangered".
The smallest of the four other big cats, the African leopard can run at over 36 miles per hour.
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