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America’s Greatest Animals / Our Big Five

Bison, King of the Mist, Yellowstone National Park, WY 2010

I never know where inspiration for a blog post might originate. I enjoy watching the nature channels on cable to see places I have been and to plan for places to shoot in the future. Recently, I was watching a National Geographic television show www.nationalgeographic.com on Nat Geo Wild (@natgeowild) called America’s Greatest Animals. The premise of the show was to identify America’s version of Africa’s “Big 5” animals. By the end of the show, the final list was revealed (spoiler alert!): Polar Bear, Grizzly, Wolf, Bison and Moose.

Although some may disagree as to which animals should be on the list, I realized I had classic images of each animal they had chosen. So, to celebrate America’s Big 5, without further ado:

                      Wolf Shake, 2010                                              Polar Bear, 2009

                          Grizzly, 2004                                                 Bull Moose, 2010

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    March 31, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    I was watching this on Nat Geo…what a joke.

    First of all, they didn’t include the Polar Bear. The largest carnivore on Earth.

    Next they snubbed the Cougar….but included the wolf. That’s like putting a Hyena above a Lion, or Wild Dogs above Lions. Yeah, yeah, I know the Wolf fans will get upset, but 1 on 1…you know the Cougar wins.

    Lastly, they don’t even know how to read a map. American…or even, more specifically, North America does include Central America….now with that being said, doesn’t anyone think that the Jaguar, the 3rd largest Cat in the world, should be left off the list?

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    If I had to pick a 6th, I would put the Moose above the Wolf.

    • April 2, 2014 at 12:23 pm

      Well written comment from someone who clearly knows the subject. I also like the big cats. These images and more can be viewed in my Series: Of the Wild at http://www.barrystevengreff.com Thanks for stopping by the blog.

    • alpha wolf
      June 9, 2015 at 11:59 am

      a polar bear did make it on the list cougar lost less points so wolf won deal with that 16 over 12 though the moose should not be on there a cougar can beat a moose. ( big time)

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  25. alpha wolf
    June 9, 2015 at 11:54 am

    wolf is my favorite animal!!! glad it made it!!!!!

  26. alpha wolf
    June 9, 2015 at 11:56 am

    a the polar bear is on the list

  27. Steve Hall
    July 13, 2015 at 12:15 pm


  28. Teresa
    June 30, 2016 at 12:09 am

    Are big five animals of North America need to be cherished not put up on a wall to look at as they are dead. Then people wonder what happened to all these animals why are they dead look to your own hands into the hands of your parents great-grandparents and so on and so on

  29. June 30, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    Although the wolf is fearsome , the all American mountain lion should be in it’s place

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  31. Richard
    March 9, 2018 at 12:07 pm

    Wolf 2018 the snake is out

  32. don schricker
    August 8, 2018 at 3:58 pm

    I believe the wolverine should be #4 They are not afraid of anything immensely strong plus I believe good eyesight and ability to smell prey as well as a dog, very recognizable

  33. August 9, 2018 at 8:26 am

    Another good choice.

  34. Matthew Lynn
    November 2, 2020 at 12:47 pm

    In “America’s Greatest Animals”, the animals in North America will compete to be in the big 5 in 4 regions: the mountains, the plains, the forest, and the Arctic.

    In the mountains: Bighorn Sheep, Grizzly Bear and Mountain Lion and their ranks

    Grizzly Bear: 18 points – 1st place
    Bighorn Sheep: 14 points – 2nd place
    Mountain Lion: 13 points – 3rd place

    In the plains: Elk, Bison, Pronghorn, and Wolf and their ranks

    Bison: 18 points – 1st place
    Wolf: 16 points – 2nd place (maybe)
    Elk: 10 points – 3rd place
    Pronghorn: 8 points – 4th place

    In the forest: Bald Eagle, Black bear, and Moose and their ranks

    Moose: 19 points – 1st place
    Black bear: 12 points – 2nd place
    Bald Eagle: 12 points – 2nd place

    And in the Arctic: Caribou, Wolf, and Polar Bear and their ranks

    Polar Bear: 20 points – 1st place
    Wolf: 16 points – 2nd place
    Caribou: 11 points – 3rd place

    America’s Big 5 Reveal: Polar bear, Grizzly bear, Wolf, Bison, and Moose.

  1. January 10, 2021 at 11:59 am

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