Thursday, 30 January 2014
South Africa's Big 5
In Africa, the big five game animals are the lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros. The term big five game (sometimes capitalized or quoted as "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 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.
The big five are among the most dangerous, yet most popular species for big game hunters to hunt.
The 1990 and later releases of South African rand banknotes feature a different big-five animal on each denomination.
Botswana, Uganda, Namibia, Ethiopia, South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Malawi.
We were inspired by this post: http://merrybeau.edublogs.org/2014/01/28/green-schools-biodiversity-wild-irish-land-mammals/