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Africa is well known for its wonderful wildlife and powerful predators, and people flock from
far and wide to enjoy all that the continent has to offer. However, there’s a darker
side to the safaris and river cruises. Africa is teaming with terrifying creatures that
can kill, and of course, being the Archivists that w e are, we need to talk about them!
Before we begin our countdown of the top ten most dangerous animals in Africa, it’s worth
noting that the number of fatalities attributed to each creature varies between sources, and,
once again, we’ve omitted humans from our list of killers. As we get started, help us
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10. Rhinoceros Due to distressingly high poaching rates and
ever-dwindling numbers in the wild, the average amount of attacks from these beasts has been
decreasing and is down to just two attacks per year. Even though the likelihood of encountering
a rhino in the wild is slim, you better be on guard if you do. Short-sighted, bad-tempered,
with the ability to run at top speeds of up to 39 miles or 64 kilometers per hour and
weighing up to 5,000 pounds or roughly 2,265 kilograms, your chances of surviving an attack
from these killers are improbable. 9. Black Mamba
The annual death count for Africa’s biggest venomous snake, the Black Mamba, is widely
debated, but tends to be blamed for hundreds of deaths every year, with a much more conservative
estimate of less than 10. Without anti-venom, a bite is 100% fatal, and this life-saving
liquid is widely unavailable across Africa. So if you decide to traverse through parts
of Africa, it may be a good idea to plan ahead to know where the closest anti-venom is.
8. Sharks Although sharks aren’t technically in Africa,
they do roam its coastline. Sharks don’t tend to attack humans out of instinct, but
rather out of curiosity and to see if you’re edible or not. Truth be told, they don’t like
what we taste like, but, for the unfortunate victims, even the smallest of shark bites
can become deadly, so you might not survive being an appetizer. Of the few dozen shark
attacks off the coast of Africa each year, around 25% are fatal.
7. Buffalo Charmingly known by some as ‘the widow maker’,
buffalo use extremely sharp horns to gore their victims, and boast a kill-count of around
200 human deaths annually. These lumbering creatures often travel in gangs – yes, gangs..
I know the visual is great isn’t it
you can bet your bottom dollar that its friends are also nearby. Our advice? Don’t antagonize
the buffalo. 6. Elephants
Known to attack whilst defending their territory or their young, getting in the way of an elephant
might easily result in you being squashed like a little bug. It’s estimated that this
happens to around 500 people a year worldwide, with many of those deaths occurring in Africa.
In Kenya alone, roughly 200 people have been killed in the last seven years. There have
also been reports of elephants planning group revenge-attacks on villages, destroying everything
in their paths. Interesting note, a group of elephants is called a parade. So a parade
of elephants trampled through a city.. hah.. ahhh.. sorry, that sounded a lot more funny
in my head. 5. Lions
Lions are thought to attack around 700 people across Africa per year, and many of those
attacks unsurprisingly end in death. It’s not technically in a lion’s nature to attack
a human – they’re more likely to do so if they’re sick or otherwise unable to hunt
their usual prey. Though, once they’ve successfully hunted a human in a certain region or community,
it’s more likely that they’ll try again. So, if your neighbor was recently a lion’s
main course, you’re probably on the dessert menu.
4. Crocodiles Although attacks by these prehistoric-looking
predators are vastly under-reported due to them often occurring in small communities,
it’s thought that attacks along the River Nile are the cause of several hundred killings
alone every year. With a typical bite force of 5,000psi, a crocodile’s bite is considered
to be the strongest of any animal – so if you find yourself in the jaws of one of these
beasts, it’s probably the last thing you’ll ever see.
3. Hippopotamus Hippos may seem docile, and even approachable,
but don’t be fooled; these not-so-gentle-giants are responsible for around 2,900 deaths in
Africa per year. Extremely territorial by nature, they will defend their homes and their
young if they feel even the slightest bit threatened. And don’t let their seemingly
unfit physique lull you into a false sense of security; hippos can run at over 19 miles
or 32 kilometres per hour – which is essentially the top speed of most humans.
2. Puff adder The second deadliest animal in Africa, the
puff adder, is considered by many to be Africa’s most dangerous snake, responsible for up to
32,000 deaths per year. Found mainly in central and southern Africa, Bitis arietans mostly
reside in grasslands. Camouflage and steadiness are their main methods of protection, which
is why most attacks are due to accidentally stumbling into their territory. With their
hypodermic needle-like fangs, Puff adder snakes have been known to pierce through thick leather,
and their venom can cause death in as little as 30 minutes.
1. Mosquitoes They may seem like nothing more than an annoying
insect to most, but they’re by far the deadliest living thing on the planet outside of man
himself. Although they’re tiny, mosquitoes are responsible for killing between 600,000
and one million people each year. Of these deaths, 90% are in sub-Sahara Africa, and
most of them are children under the age of five. Malaria is the main-killer virus carried
by these minuscule monsters, but they also spread other fatal diseases including dengue
fever and encephalitis.