Africa greatest tourist attraction is the density and great diversity of wildlife and it a lifelong dream for many travellers to visit Africa just to view the stunning wild animals. Africa has over 1100 species of mammals where East Africa is renowned for having the greatest diversity of large mammals. Africa has a prolific birdlife with over 2,600 species of birds have been observed and recorded. Africa is the home of the Great Apes which include the mountain gorillas, chimpanzees and the bonobo. When it comes to the carnivorous, Africa has 60 species including the African Big Cats – lions, leopards, and cheetahs. The list of ungulates in Africa is the longest in the world. Ungulates are typically herbivorous and the include some of the well known animals like; the African elephant, buffalos, rhinos, giraffes, zebras, gerenuk, wildebeest, and eland et al. Africa is also home to a great diversity of reptiles – Madagascar has the greatest diversity of chameleons in the world.
As we unveil the Africa Big Five animals which are the lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino, it's quite in order to ask ourselves why are they referred to as 'the big five'?
But first what do these animals have in common? These animals are quite dangerous and temperamental owing to their size, adaptations and ego. That is what they share in common, dangerous and ferociousness. Big-game hunters noticed these common characteristic of the animals when hunting, thus the coined the term 'big five' which basically means very dangerous animals to hunt while on foot. Fortunately, wildlife hunting has since been banned in most African countries but the term is still used by tour operators, this time round it implies to the top five African animals to see.