Monday, October 21, 2013

Going on Safari, Tanzania’s Big Five

The "Big 5" refers to the African: Cape buffalo, lion, rhino, leopard and elephant. Why not the hippo, gorilla or giraffe you may ask? Are they not large as well? How about the cheetah -- that would be an animal you would probably like to see as much as a buffalo. Well, the term "big five" was actually coined by big game hunters. It refers to the difficulty in bagging these large animals, mostly due to their ferocity when cornered and shot at.

(left) 350th death anniversary of Peter Paul Rubens (1577 - 1640)
(right) Wild Animals of Tanzania (2010 issue): Elephants.

Thx Steve!


Limner said...

I liked the title until I read the definition. How sad. Why does killing a creature satisfy some people?

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