April 22, 2009

Kenya’s Big Five

Filed under: Introduction — parto @ 7:13 am

The ‘Big Five’ phrase was coined by big game hunters where they found it very difficult to hunt on foot;Panthera leo (lion),Loxodanta African(African Elephant),Syncerus cuffer( Bufallo),Diceros Bicornis(Blackrhinoceros),Panthera pardus(Leopard) .The five mammals are among the most dangerous animals in the wild.
The Big Five are found in African countries;South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania and Botswana.Conservationist state that the big five don’t include any endangered species.

* The Lion (Panthera leo) is a large carnivorous feline of Africa and northwest India, having a short tawny coat, a tufted tail, and, in the male, a heavy mane around the neck and shoulders.

* The African elephant (Loxodonta Africana) is a very large herbivore having thick, almost hairless skin, a long, flexible, prehensile trunk, upper incisors forming long curved tusks of ivory, and large, fan-shaped ears. There are two distinct species of African elephant: African Forest Elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis) and the African Bush Elephant (Loxodonta africana).

* The African Buffalo or Cape Buffalo (Syncerus caffer) is a large horned bovid. It is the most dangerous of the Big Five, reportedly causing the most hunter deaths.[citation needed]

* The Leopard (Panthera pardus) is a large, carnivorous feline having either tawny fur with dark rosette-like markings or black fur. Leopards are the most difficult to acquire hunting licenses for and are often difficult to hunt due to their behavior and their nocturnal feeding habits. Leopard hunting usually overlaps several weeks of baiting.

* The Rhinoceros is a large, thick-skinned, herbivore having one or two upright horns on the snout. In Africa, there are two distinct species of rhinoceros; the Black Rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis) and the White Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum). Both of these species have two upright horns on the snout.(Wikipedia)

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