The New Big Five

A project set out to celebrate wildlife and wildlife photography has created a 'new Big Five' of photography.

The people behind The New Big Five asked people around the world to vote for the five animals that should be included in the New Big Five of Wildlife Photography.

"The world's wildlife is in crisis," the project website states.

"The next ten years are critical. More than a million species are currently at risk of extinction, from elephants, cheetahs, orangutans, lions, and polar bears to 'unsung heroes' and little-known cats, frogs, birds, lizards, and other species, each too valuable to lose."

The original 'Big Five', being the lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and African buffalo, originally referred to the difficulty in hunting. These African species are dangerous and are thought of by trophy hunters as a victory to bring home.

The New Big Five project aims to call attention on all wildlife and the urgent need to save these animals worldwide.

Virginia McKenna of the Born Free Foundation are quoted on the New Big Five website as saying: "The original Big Five were selected by trophy hunters as the species they'd most like to hang on their walls. Society has changed and trophy hunting is on the way out - thank goodness. The New Big Five is a wonderful project about celebrating life, not death."

The New Big Five, which were announced in May are: elephant, lion, polar bear, gorilla, and tiger.

Over 50'000 people worldwide voted for the animals they'd most like to see photographed and these five animals are being promoted as global ambassadors for all wildlife and the difficulties it faces.

Iurii Ivashchenko - Shallow Focus Photo of Two Brown Lions

Jiří Mikoláš - Black Gorilla in Grayscale Photography
Rachel Claire - Adult Elephant Standing Above Baby Elephant on Pasture

Robert Anthony Carbone - Bear Cub

Waldemar Brandt - Photo of Tiger and Cub Lying Down on Grass

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