Big Five, noun phrase

A collective name coined by hunters for the five largest and most dangerous African mammals: the rhinoceros, elephant, buffalo, lion, and leopard. Also attributive.
[1987 Cape Times 7 July (Time Share) 3The Big Five — elephant, rhino, kudu, lion and leopard..have given Mabula Bush Lodge a quality unique.]
1994 D. McDonald in Afr. Wildlife Vol.48 No.3, 13The traditional ‘big five’ of ecotourism — lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo — will be joined by the new ‘big five’ of the South African environment: housing, electricity, water, sewerage and refuse removal.
the rhinoceros, elephant, buffalo, lion, and leopard. Also attributive.

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