The shy five animals of Africa are Aardvark, Aardwolf, Bat-eared Fox, Meerkat and Porcupine.
If you’ve been on safari you’ll probably be aware of ‘the big five’ of buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion and rhino. You may also be aware of the little five, or small five animals. However… did you know that there’s also a group of animals christened as ‘the shy ugly five’?
This group are so named as sightings of them are few and far between. Four of the shy five are noctural (all except the meerkat) which makes seeing them even more difficult to spot, yet more rewarding if you do actually manage to catch a glimpse them. The shy five animals are found in sub-Saharan Africa, generaly in sandy areas such as the Kalahari and the Namib Naukluft… but bear in mind they’re called the shy five for a reason! A couple of places renowned for sightings of these species include Tswalu Kalahari Reserve and Samara Game Reserve.
Other wildlife ‘fives’
Have you seen the shy five animals and are are looking for a new wildlife challenge? For safari aficionados up for ticking all the ‘I’ve seen’ boxes, have you heard about the other groups of 5 animals?