The Big Five

In Africa , the big five game animals are the African Lion, the White/Black Rhinoceros, the Cape Buffalo, African Elephant and the African Leopard. The term big five was coined by big-game hunters and refers to the five most difficult animals in Africa to hunt on foot.  The members of the Big Five were chosen for the difficulty in hunting them and the degree of danger involved, rather than their size. Subsequently the term was adopted by safari tour operators for marketing purposes and today for some of those on safari seeing or photographing these great animals remains one of the greatest challenges.

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Press and Documentary photographer covering the North of England. Stringer & contributor for Getty Images News. Prints are available to buy on my website.

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