Top 10 Most Dangerous Animals in The World: The following list is Rated G and is full of information that you may not already know about the Top 10 Most Dangerous Animals in the World. This list does not include mosquitoes or spiders, which are often included in the dangerous animals group, yet they are not animals, they are insects and arachnids. Humans are a top predator in the food chain as well, but most of us are not animals either. The following list is organized by size from largest to smallest animal.
Top 10 Most Dangerous Animals in The World
This prehistoric animal is the largest walking mammal on the planet today with the males weighing around 13,000 lbs and consuming 300 lbs of food each day to survive. As the name suggests, the majority of the 500,000 population of African Elephants live in Africa and the Sahara. Increasing human populations have encroached on their territory resulting in more frequent and dangerous interactions between humans. Unfortunately intelligence often goes along with violence, as is the case for not only the 2 different species of African Elephants but the Asian Elephant as well. Elephants are described and unpredictable, even to loyal owners and caretakers ( including those in trusted relationships with their keepers), and are responsible for 300-500 human deaths per year. Besides killing people, they are also responsible for enacting revenge on humans and causing large amounts of collateral damage to property and crops.
Second in size to the elephant weighing between 3-5 tons and reaching 15 feet in length, the Hippo has the largest mouth of any animal on land. Spending an average 18 hours a day in the water, Hippos are territorial and share the water not so peacefully with the Saltwater Crocodiles. You could say that Hippos are fat and lazy, but it won’t cause much of a reaction, their thick skin measures 1-2 inches thick, and if embarrassed a Hippo can hold its breath for up to 30 minutes. Hippos are mainly herbivores but their need to consume 80-100 lbs of food every day has caused Hippos to eat meat as well. If you are considering an African Safari, keep in mind that the Hippo can run at speeds up to 19 mph (faster than you), but can’t jump, so escaping a Hipp'os charge could be as easy as practicing your hurdles.
Part of the dangerous pack of African species, the Cape Buffalo has been called the most dangerous animal in the world all by itself. Despite their docile bovine faces, the Cape Buffalo is nothing like a cow and is said to be responsible for more human deaths in Africa than any other animal. Firmly standing their ground, they will defend themselves successfully against a lion, crocodile, or even a hunter with imperfect aim. The Cape Buffalo is most often found in large herds of hundreds and can run at speeds up to 35 mph, making for an intimidating group of 2,000 lb animals. Unlike the lion, the Cape Buffalo won’t eat you, since it is a herbivore, making the frequent horrific goring attacks on humans a pleasure sport, or a ruthless act of self defense.
With their sinister snake eyes, pokey skin and large snapping jaws the Saltwater crocodile is not a cuddly creature often made into a stuffed animal. The saltwater crocodile lets you know it’s a carnivore that means business just from the way it looks. Of the 23 species of crocodile, only 6 are considered dangerous. The Saltwater and Nile crocodiles lead the pack with estimated human fatalities possibly in the thousands each year. The Saltwater crocodile is the largest living reptile at over 20 ft in length and weighing around 3,000 lbs. The deadly jaws are able to exert 5,000 lbs of pressure per square inch, compared to the Great White Shark which exerts 400 lbs per square inch of bite force. Their large size is not a hindrance for quick movement; in short bursts the Saltwater Croc can swim three times as fast as the average person (15-18 mph) and is aggressively territorial. Dr. Adam Britton, a zoologist that specializes in crocodiles has noted that while the reptiles’ brains are notably smaller than mammals, the Saltwater Crocodile is capable of complex tasks, may have an unknown language and are capable of learning faster than lab rats.
Whales and Dolphins
The intelligence and study of marine mammals such as whales and dolphins and their brains, reveals that they are all highly intelligent mammals with complex communications systems and social structures. Attention has been raised recently with the release of the new documentary “BlackFish”, as to the potential and actual danger involved with captive Orcas (Killer Whale). The controversial documentary chronicles several cases of aggression causing injury and even death, as in the 2010 case of trainer Dawn Brancheau at SeaWorld Orlando. Historically, whales and dolphins are aware that the sharks are the real threat to humans and often many species will protect humans by attacking a threatening shark. Dolphins are very amorous creatures and have been known to cause injury to humans by accidentally being too rough during arousal. Dolphins and Orcas both have conical shaped teeth (unlike their baleen whale cousins) and eat meat, a lot of it! Dolphins are able to hunt for prey 24 hours a day, (they sleep with only half of their brain at a time) often travel in packs or pods, and are not opposed to killing other marine mammals for the fun of it.
The largest bear next to the Kodiak (a type of brown bear), is the not so virginal white Polar Bear which weighs between 700-1,500 lbs and shares a majority of DNA with the brown bear. The Polar Bear's DNA diverging from the brown bear just 4-5 million years ago. Few people know that the Polar Bear is often categorized as a marine mammal because of their extensive time throughout the year in the water (not including on the ice) and they can swim up to 100 miles a day. Attacks on humans are somewhat rare due to geography, not many humans can inhabit the same climactic conditions, but where they do overlap there is often conflict and carnage. Curious and opportunistic hunters they can smell prey over ½ mile away and up to 3 feet beneath the snow. The exact number of attacks is questionable based on the lack of information from the isolated regions that the polar bear inhabits. It’s best to know how to survive a bear attack before stepping into their neck of the woods, or iceberg.
Scary or cute the iconic king of the jungle or king of the savanna, the African Lion stands around 5 ft tall at the shoulder blade and males can weigh up to 600 lbs. The males wear the 80′s rock star mane, and the mane-less females do most of the hunting for the pride. African Lions have been observed hunting in groups with each lion performing a calculated and assigned role in the attack. Lions conserve their energy and are most often spotted lounging and resting, and generally do not interact with humans. The fact remains that around 250 deaths every year can be attributed to mauling by a lion, and most of those incidents occur with captive animals. Feared and revered throughout history, certain prides of lions have been labeled ‘Man-eaters’ for their stalking and uncharacteristic hunting of humans. Studies conducted as recently 2011 reveal a correlation between an increase of lion attacks on humans during a full moon.
Monkeys and Primates
People keeping wild animals as pets can go terribly, even fatally wrong. Most people associate dangerous primates with the larger species such a Gorilla or even a baboon, yet in the primate world size does not always matter. Since 1990 there have been over 270 cases (and growing) of attacks on humans by primates, 70 of those were children. The attacks have been logged by the Humane Society and include a variety of species of monkeys and primates. Their log also includes the specific circumstances of the attack, in most cases the attacks are caused in part by the unnatural confinement and captivity. The broad category of monkeys ranges from the smallest being the pygmy marmoset monkey which weighs just 3-5 ounces and measures 4.5-6 inches tall to the largest species of monkey, the mandrill which weighs up to 100 lbs and is around 3 ft tall. It is important to recognize that for the monkey being cute and human-like has come in handy, but they do not make perfect pets or even household helpers. In many cases where monkeys are kept as pets the attacks on their owners occur after a long period of time, proving one similarity between us and them, confinement is torture.
The list is the most dangerous animals, and deer crossing the road and generally being in the wrong place at the wrong time are responsible for 200 deaths annually. According to auto insurers, 1.23 million collisions involving deer occurred between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012, costing the Insurance industry more than $4 billion in damages annually. Deer crossing signs are supposed to keep drivers alert, however the problem will most likely only increase with the number of potential driving distractions on the rise. Time of day and season do increase the risk, in general deer wander at dawn and dusk, and during October through December during mating season.
No way, man’s best friend is a predator? Humans interactions with dogs is overwhelmingly positive, yet the fact remains that we all know someone who has been attacked by a dog. The two most dangerous breeds of canine, the Pit Bull (poor thing) and the Rottweiler (Carl?), are responsible for 72% of the total documented fatal attacks on humans in the US. To go off the recorded path there are many attacks that are not reported from a variety of other trained fighting breeds which include the Mastiff, Presa, even the Rhodesian Ridgeback and wolf hybrids. Obviously some dogs are well adapted to being threatening and are often trained for security and violence intentionally. With over 4.5 million reported dog bites each year it is far more likely to be bitten (even severely) by a dog than killed (less than 0.0001% chance). It is important to remember that the danger these animals pose is very really depending on the owner and the dog, be it friend or foe.
Top 10 Most Dangerous Animals in The World