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Not Just Africa: Every Part of the Planet Has Its Own ‘Big Five’ Beasts

Last year, I wrote about a documentary titled America’s Greatest Animals, in which a group of animal experts, upon deciding that Africa should not be the only continent to have its Big Five (which consists of the lion, the leopard, the elephant, the rhinoceros, and the cape buffalo), came up with North America’s Big Five. Eventually, the experts decided that North America’s Big Five would consist of the polar bear, the grizzly bear, the moose, the buffalo, and the wolf.

Determining which animal would be one of the Big Five was based on the number of points (a maximum of five points to be exact) from the following categories: power, features, danger to humans, and charisma (i.e. how much people want to see the animal in question). I also mentioned a list of animals that should have been contenders for North America’s Big Five (e.g. the alligator, the crocodile, and the musk ox).

But what about the rest of the world? Shouldn’t there be a Big Five for the other regions?

So I decided to come up with a list of contenders for the rest of the world, which are as follows:
Europe: the wolf, the brown bear, the polar bear, the wild boar, the moose, the musk ox, the reindeer, the fox, the wild cat, the lynx, the eagle, and the hawk.

Asia: the lion, the tiger, the leopard, the cheetah, the brown bear, the black bear, the sloth bear, the panda bear, the polar bear, the wild boar, the wolf, the jackal, the fox, the elephant, the Indian Rhinoceros, the yak, the musk ox, the moose, the water buffalo, the saltwater crocodile, the mugger crocodile, the gharial, the Burmese Python, the Indian Rock Python, the reticulated python, the Komodo Dragon, the eagle, and the hawk.

Australia: the crocodile, the kangaroo, the dingo, the emu, and the cassowary.

South America: the jaguar, the puma (a.k.a. the cougar), the spectacled bear, the rhea, the crocodile, the caiman, and the anaconda.

The Polar Regions: the polar bear, the musk ox, the walrus, the elephant seal, the leopard seal, the blue whale, the right whale, the humpback whale, the sperm whale, and the killer whale (a.k.a. the orca).

The Oceans: the blue whale, the right whale, the humpback whale, the sperm whale, the killer whale (a.k.a. the orca), the saltwater crocodile, the walrus, the elephant seal, the leopard seal, the great white shark, the mako shark, the tiger shark, the hammerhead shark, the thresher shark, the octopus, and the giant squid.

So those are my list of Big Five contenders throughout the rest of the world. Feel free to add any animals that you think should be contenders.

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Andrew Linn

Andrew Linn is a member of the Owensboro Tea Party and a former Field Representative for the Media Research Center. An ex-Democrat, he became a Republican one week after the 2008 Presidential Election. He has an M.A. in history from the University of Louisville, where he became a member of the Phi Alpha Theta historical honors society. He has also contributed to and Right Impulse Media.

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