The Big 5 are the elephant, buffalo, leopard, lion, and rhino.
|I have a video of this lioness and three cubs that is way too big to blog :(|
They are so named because if you hunt them, by the time you have killed them, they have killed you.
The Man-Eaters of Tsavo (in Kenya) are slightly fictionalized in the movie The Ghost And The Darkness, but the bridge they were trying to build still sits alongside the Nairobi-Mombasa road.
I added leopard to my list this trip, and thus I have seen four. Because enterprising numbskulls have poached rhinos to the tenuous brink of extinction, that is likely all I will ever see.
My guide in Katavi was surprisingly surprised to hear that The Big 5 aren't found native in North America. He knew of zoos, but assumed that that was just our way of viewing them instead of in the wild. I had to explain that every single Big 5 in a zoo in the US somehow came from Africa.
Although honestly, Africa doesn't think you're worth watching.