The ugly five animals of Africa are Hyena, Marabou Stork, Vulture, Warthog and Wildebeest
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 – rhinoceros beetle, buffalo weaver, elephant shrew, leopard tortoise, and the antlion.
However… did you know that there’s also a group of safari animals that have been unfortunately christened ‘the ugly five’? Sad but true, the ugly five are made up of hyena, wildebeest, vulture, warthog and the marabou stork. They may be considered ugly animals, but each is beautiful in their own way, and all are relatively common throughout southern and eastern Africa – so make sure you keep an eye open for them when you’re next on safari.
Other wildlife ‘fives’
Have you seen the ugly 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?