Kenya’s “Big Five”

In Africa, the big five game animals are the African lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, African leopard, and White/Black rhinoceros.

The term big five game 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.  Nowadays it is strictly prohibited to hunt these animals; the animals are protected by national and international legislature.

All the members of the Big Five can be found in Kenya.