The name, big five, is in some term coined with origins from professional hunting and not necessarily the size of these five animals. 

There are also a lot of other interesting and exciting animals but the members of the big five were chosen for the difficulty and risk in hunting them, especially when stalking them on foot, and the degree of potential danger involved being super high. The big five are also some of the most popular species to hunt in Africa. 

During some of my game viewing safaris I have noticed how most tourists marvel, getting really interested and evoked in seeing the big five. It is also enjoyable and exciting when we engage in-depth discussion with guests helping to broaden their insights on the habits and habitat of these animals.

Some safari tour operators have adopted the use of the the term "big five" as a marketing term and promotional purposes of tours. This has for sure, made the concept big five so well known among safari travelers. 

 Elephants have amazing long distance communication that is based on sending sound waves, some of which are too low for the human ear to hear. Photo ©Gina del Mistro

Elephants have amazing long distance communication that is based on sending sound waves, some of which are too low for the human ear to hear. Photo ©Gina del Mistro

 Leopard is very stealthy and well camouflaged, so sometimes it may be very difficult to spot in certain areas. The males have a rasping sound. Photo © Greg Willis/Flickr

Leopard is very stealthy and well camouflaged, so sometimes it may be very difficult to spot in certain areas. The males have a rasping sound. Photo ©Greg Willis/Flickr

 Some may call lion the king of the bush, but I know for sure that also lions have their challenges in survival. Photo ©Inzwa Nordic & African Safaris

Some may call lion the king of the bush, but I know for sure that also lions have their challenges in survival. Photo ©Inzwa Nordic & African Safaris

 Solitary buffalo bulls may have some tendency to be aggressive, so some great caution is needed in areas where they occur.  Photo ©Inzwa Nordic & African Safaris

Solitary buffalo bulls may have some tendency to be aggressive, so some great caution is needed in areas where they occur.  Photo ©Inzwa Nordic & African Safaris

 White rhino, also known as the wide lipped rhino, which is an adaption to their feeding habits of mostly grazing. Photo © Bernard Dupont/Flickr

White rhino, also known as the wide lipped rhino, which is an adaption to their feeding habits of mostly grazing. Photo ©Bernard Dupont/Flickr