"Big Five" African Game Animals

Can you name the African animals called the "Big Five" because they were supposedly the most difficult to hunt?
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Last updated: May 1, 2017
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Animal
Cape Buffalo
Elephant
Leopard
Lion
Rhinoceros
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Level 71
Dec 8, 2016
Hippos are more dangerous then rhinos. Crocodiles are responsible for more deaths than any of these. Mosquitoes probably even more.
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Level 57
Dec 9, 2016
The amount of deaths don't really matter. The Big 5 originatef from hunters as these animals were seen as the most difficult to hunt.
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Level 71
Aug 28, 2017
Groucho included a verse on hunting mosquitos as a big game hunter in Africa in "Hooray for Captain Spaulding": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67FUMaO-80I at 2:20 or so.
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Level 67
Apr 21, 2020
Yes, if it was about most difficult to hunt mosquito is definitely number one!!

Edit: even harder with a shotgun!

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Level 57
Feb 5, 2022
Not that hard to hunt you just need Some lights or blood and an big spatel
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Level 73
May 2, 2017
I demand that "mosquitoes" replace "buffalo" and finally claim their rightful place as a member of The Big Five.
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Level 52
May 2, 2017
Wouldn't the actual member of the Big 5 then be the Malaria Virus???
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Level 40
May 2, 2017
The Big Five is the considered the most DIFFICULT to hunt, You can't bunt Malaria.
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Level 64
May 2, 2017
Who goes mosquito hunting? Guy 1: "I hear buzzing"Guy 2: "I'll get the Off sir."
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Level 59
Aug 28, 2017
It's called the BIG five for a reason.
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Level 39
Jul 7, 2018
...mosquitos would be the big 5 trillion...
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Level 57
Feb 5, 2022
Bufalo is for hunters the most dangerous out of these because they pretend to be killed and when the hunters get close they stand up and attack
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Level 68
May 3, 2017
Hippos kill the most people in Africa every year. (Mosquitoes would kill more, technically, due to malaria etc., but it's not direct)
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Level 41
Jan 4, 2021
But... that doesn't matter in this quiz....
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Level 41
Dec 2, 2017
If you can give me an example of someone who hunts mosquitoes i will give 50 bucks
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Level 39
Jul 7, 2018
...me, i do...where's me fifty bucks?...
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Level 67
Apr 21, 2020
To find people who have never hunted a mosquito in their live is much more impressive! Maybe someone that lives in antartica?
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Level 57
Feb 5, 2022
I hunt mosquitos in my room With a flesh eating plant if you really wanna hunt mosquitos it isnt that hard or dangerous for the hunter if hé is prepared
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Level 84
May 2, 2017
It isn't leopard but cheetah..
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Level 18
May 2, 2017
I'm pretty sure it's leopard
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Level 74
Aug 28, 2017
Definitely leopard. I would never call a cheetah "big" anyway.
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Level 60
Mar 17, 2022
Yeah, there is no documented record of a cheetah ever killing a human. However there are records of single leopards killing over 150 people in their lifetime alone!
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Level 75
May 2, 2017
Beautiful, but sad, photo - what these lands look like now that the poachers have been and gone.
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Level 64
May 2, 2017
Shouldn't bison be accepted for buffalo?
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Level 63
May 2, 2017
Bison is a synonym for the American buffalo, which is quite different than the African cape buffalo
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Level 52
May 2, 2017
No cheetah? And why Buffalo?
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Level 18
May 2, 2017
Cheetahs aren't really considered a game animal, as they're elusive and not as dangerous as the other two. And buffalo are one of the more dangerous ones because they have an extremely short temper, and if you wound one and have to go after it, it will try to kill you. That's if it doesn't decide it doesn't like you before you have a chance to shoot.
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Level 68
Aug 28, 2017
Yeah, these aren't docile bisons, they're mean-ass cape buffalo. Wouldn't go anywhere near them.

Zebras are pretty damn mean too.

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Level 60
Jun 1, 2021
Cheetah's are very timid animals and Cape Buffalos are....not
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Level 56
May 2, 2017
we didnt make the rules, africa did
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Level 78
May 3, 2017
the big five are on our currency in my country. full of win.
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Level 76
Aug 28, 2017
this one? https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/67/40/7c/67407c86d0272b2c9a6482ee7a3eae8d.jpg
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Level 65
Aug 28, 2017
Neat quiz, for how well known leopards were to hunt they sure can be hard to spot on safari from experience. Can you do an African Animals quiz?
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Level 40
Aug 30, 2017
What type?
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Level 83
Aug 28, 2017
What about man, the most dangerous game?
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Level 74
Aug 28, 2017
Are you saying that man is hunted as game as well? That would take poaching to a whole new level!
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Level 83
Aug 28, 2017
It's a literary reference.
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Level 39
Jul 7, 2018
...three poachers were hunted by lions recently which killed and ate them...now there's justice for you...lion 3 poachers 0...
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Level 60
Mar 17, 2022
Jumanji could be considered a dangerous game...
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Level 60
Mar 17, 2022
Or this:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Most_Dangerous_Game

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Level 60
Mar 17, 2022
Oops (sorry QM). I accidentally ticked the box...
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Level 63
Aug 28, 2017
The big five varies by region. It looks like you have the ones for South Africa here.
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Level 76
Aug 28, 2017
Yeah, get it, having lived in East Africa some years (mosquitoes and all), and the only question that comes to mind is why would you post a quiz this mindless and overall horrible? Think about it, when over a few decades elephant populations have been reduced by about half in Tanzania. DIFFICULT to hunt?
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Level 83
Aug 28, 2017
We posted it just to make you angry.
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Level 40
Sep 14, 2017
How is it mindless and overall horrible, it's basically just general knowledge to know.
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Level 57
Feb 5, 2022
Although they are in decline in tanzania there are a lot of nature reserves in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana zambia and zimbabwe where there are far too many elephants and they are destroying the ecosystem also big 5 are most dangerous animals to hunt for the hunters themselves so mosquitos would not be on the list because they are not that dangerous to the hunters themselves at that moment and when they are prepared for malaria and stuff like that
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Level 61
Aug 28, 2017
people who hunt and kill these animals are the lowest type of scumbags.
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Level ∞
Aug 28, 2017
http://www.radiolab.org/story/rhino-hunter/
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Level 65
Aug 28, 2017
We need a top 5 kinds of scumbag quiz
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Level 57
Feb 5, 2022
This is just stupid to say. Since in countries like South Africa Namibia Botswana Zambia and Zimbabwe there are too many elephants destroying the ecosystem there and a lot of the illegal poachers are forced to hunt these animals by people higher up
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Level 59
Aug 28, 2017
Anyone else surprised to not see the cheetah? I mean, they are the fastest land mammal last time I checked...
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Level 40
Aug 30, 2017
But does that come into any point of matter?
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Level 25
Aug 28, 2017
anyone that kills one of these animals for sport.. deserve a gun shot to the head
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Level 15
Sep 5, 2017
Despite mosquitos being responible for more deaths I just imagine some kind of big game hunter trying to kill a mosquito for game and just shooting in the air and two other hunters are watching him have some gun seizure. XD
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Level 40
Sep 7, 2017
Finally someone actually gets the point!
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Level 23
Feb 9, 2018
why are we talking about mosquitoes? they are so small and this is the BIG FIVE. plus you dont hunt mosquitoes
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Level 23
Feb 9, 2018
i agree with myself
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Level 23
Feb 9, 2018
thanks. do yu like greeen tea
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Level 53
Jan 30, 2019
The most dangerous game is man
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Level 76
Dec 26, 2020
But they're not game animals.
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Level 59
Jun 3, 2019
What do y'all not understand about "being difficult to hunt." Mosquitoes do kill more than the rest of these combined but they're not difficult to hunt. I kill them every day out of spite.
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Level 58
Dec 1, 2020
I put bison rather than buffalo... where is my brain today?
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Level 76
Dec 26, 2020
Me too!
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Level 53
Dec 3, 2020
I think that Hippo, Crocodile, and Gorilla are definitely harder to hunt than Cape Buffalos. You just have to fire into a herd of Buffalos several times to kill a few of them, while the three animals above are deadlier and more elusive than buffalos. In my opinion, Hippos are far more dangerous than rhinos as well.
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Level 72
Dec 26, 2020
What's DIFFICULT about an elephant to hunt? They move as slow as a snail, and even a crook shot couldnt miss they are so big?
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Level 76
Dec 26, 2020
Maybe they are more difficult to kill due to their massive size and thick skin. A single bullet may agitate the elephant may not be sufficient to kill one.
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Level 61
Dec 26, 2020
Maybe we assume hunting with rifles but really it is about hunting them with spears and daggers?
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Level 76
Dec 26, 2020
Giraffes are pretty big too.
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Level 83
Dec 26, 2020
I wish someone would start a rumor in the Far East that powdered poachers' bones have incredible medicinal value, and that daggers with handles made from poachers' skulls are the new status symbol.
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Level 67
Dec 26, 2020
For those who don't understand why these are the five animals on the list or who would enjoy a well-written book on the subject:

https://bookshop.org/books/death-in-the-long-grass-a-big-game-hunter-s-adventures-in-the-african-bush/9780312186135

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Level 54
Dec 27, 2020
Is this an ad??
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Level 41
Jun 3, 2021
leopard lion buffalo rhino elephant. um, crocodiles hippos mosquitos african hunting dogs??? thats dumb!!!!!!!!!