Africa home to the big 5

Africa home to the big 5


African elephants  are the largest mammal in the world and remarkably adaptable. Elephants live in woodlands, forests, deserts and savannah, spread across 37 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Currently Africa has around 600,000 elephants and Botswana has the largest number of elephants totalling to 150,000.


African lions  are  the most exciting animals to see. Africa has only 39,000 lions. The 40% of lions are in Tanzania with total number of over 15,000


African leopards  are more numerous than the African rhino but they are just as difficult to spot. Leopards use trees as observation platforms and for protection. Africa has over 700,000 leopards. Namibia and South Africa have the most number of leopards  with Namibia having over 14, 000 and South Africa has over 23,000 leopards


There are two species of rhino in Africa that is the Black rhino  and the White rhino . There are now only about 4000 Black rhinos in Africa and the white rhino is more numerous numbering at over 17,000. South Africa is home to more than 80% of Africa’s rhino population


Buffalo are commonly found in protected wildlife areas that have plenty of water, throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Four sub-species of African Buffalo include; Forest Buffalo, West African Savanna Buffalo, Central African Savanna Buffalo and Southern Savanna Buffalo. The forest buffalo are smaller than those found in the savanna. There are currently 1 million buffalo left in Africa. South and East Africa have the most number of the African Buffalo estimated at  over 500,000 buffalos.

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