The Big 5 is a phrase originally used by hunters to refer to the 5 most difficult and dangerous animals to hunt in Africa. Today this phrase is associated with exiting opportunity to see 5 of the most magnificent animals on the planet. They are the African elephant, the lion, the buffalo, the leopard and the rhinoceros.

ELEPHANT – Family Elephantidae

Weight5000 – 6000 kg /
11 000 – 13 200 lbs
Height300 – 330 cm /
118 – 130 inches
Potential lifespan60 years
Gestation22 months
Offspring1 young at a time,
rarely (1% of births) twins
Weaning age3 - 8 years, just before
the birth of the next calf
Elephant

RHINOCEROS – Family Rhinocerotidae – Ceratotherium simum Square-lipped / white rhino 

Weight2040 – 2260 kg /
4488 – 4972 lbs
Height171 – 186 cm /
68 – 73 inches
Potential lifespan40 – 45 years
Gestation16 months
Offspring1 calf
Weaning age12 – 18 months,
sometimes as late as 2 years

LION – Family Felidae – Panthera leo

Weight189 kg / 416 lbs
Height120 cm / 48 inches
Potential lifespan11 years
Gestation110 days
Offspring1-4 cubs, can be up to 6
Weaning agestarts at 10 weeks,
completed by 6 months

Have a look at the lions you may encounter at Elephant Plains Game Lodge.

LEOPARD – Family Felidae – Panthera Pardus

Weight35-65 kg / 77-143 lbs
Height60 – 70 cm / 24 – 28 inches
Potential lifespan10 years
Gestation100 days
Offspringusually 2 cubs
Weaning age6 – 12 weeks

Have a look at the leopards you may encounter at Elephant Plains Game Lodge.

BUFFALO – Family Bovidae – Subfamily Bovinae

Weight425 – 870 kg / 935 – 1914 lbs
Height150 – 165 cm / 60-66 inches
Potential lifespan15 years
Gestation330 – 346 days
Offspring1 calf
Weaning age5 – 15 months, or just before
the birth of the next calf
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